Gladys L. Thomason

1924 - 2019

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Gladys L. Thomason passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Hiland Cottage Hospice in Petoskey, Michigan. Gladys was born in Grand Rapids, MI on November 29, 1924 to the late Frank D. and Rancie (Spohn) Tefft. On December 20, 1946, Gladys married JD Thomason (deceased October 22, 2006). Together they raised four children: Wanda (Vaughn) Miller, Dale (Sandy) Thomason, Marga (Bruce) Queen, and Anita (James) Smith. She is survived by eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Gladys was a 1942 graduate of Creston High School in Grand Rapids and a 1946 graduate of Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana. It was there she met and married JD, a Texan with cowboy boots she would long remember. Gladys was a valued helpmate as JD pastored churches in Boyne City, MI (1948), Grand Rapids MI (1949-1959), St. James, MO (1959-1967), Akron, IN (1967-1978), and Findlay, OH (1978-1991). Gladys was always involved in choir, bible study, and children's ministry, where she applied her many talents. Gladys taught a combined 2nd-3rd grade class in Boyne City , MI schools in 1948. Additionally, she taught English as a second language in Findlay, OH public schools for eight years from 1983-1991. Gladys played the cello in high school and college and especially enjoyed participating in the Grand Rapids Junior Symphony. She had a lifelong interest in birds, plants, gardens, and nature. She was always busy doing something for her family. Years were filled with three home cooked meals a day, laundry on Tuesdays, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and other productive pursuits. She was a hard worker and a servant to those she loved. Gladys will lovingly be remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother. Gladys demonstrated many leadership abilities. She served in several statewide Women's Ministry positions in the states where they lived. She served as the chairperson of the Northwest Ohio Parkinson's Association after JD's diagnosis. She was a thoughtful and collaborative leader. More that anything, Gladys loved Jesus. She made a decision in her early teens to follow him and never wavered. She believed in being joyful in all circumstances and her promotion to Heaven is a joy indeed. Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay at 11:00am, with Pastor Bruce Queen officiating. Memorials may be made to Stonebridge Church of God. Online condolences may be left at

Service Information

  • Graveside Service:

    Tuesday, November 5th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 West Main Cross
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    Stonebridge Church of God - Thomason
    2111 Stonehedge Dr.
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : The Thomason Family
Date :Thursday, October 31st 2019
From : Eldon thurman
Dear Thomason family,

So sorry to hear of your mother and grandmothers passing. What a wonderful Christian lady she was. Sister Gladys and pastor J. D. we're our pastors in Findlay at the East Foulke Ave Church of God. At that time my family consisted of me, my wife Carole now deceased, daughter Suzanne and sons Kevin and Mark? Those were wonderful years. My children grew up,under the leadership of pastor J. D. and Gladys. What fond memories we have of our time together. You are in my prayers. God Bless.

Eldon E. Thurman

To : Ted Mayfield and Family
Date :Friday, November 1st 2019
From : Senneca - Kalamazoo Facility
Sorry for your loss.

To : The Family
Date :Monday, November 4th 2019
From : Trisha Bott
What found memories of Gladys! Gladys was such an interesting and amazing woman, with a welcoming and kind heart. She was our backdoor neighbor for many years in Findlay. My kids grew up thinking of her as their grandmother. She certainly left her mark on our family.

Wishing you peace and Love as you grieve this loss.