CHESTER -- Ms. Patricia Ann "Patsy" Gladden, 62, of 159 York St., died Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Chester Regional Medical Center in Chester.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. today at Purity Presbyterian Church, 135 Wylie St., Chester, with Dr. William Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery.
A native of Chester, S.C., Ms. Gladden was born Aug. 2, 1945. She was the daughter of the late William Ross Gladden Sr. and Elaine Rita "Ikie" Decker Gladden.
She was an alumna of Chester High, Class of 1963 and a graduate of St. John's River Junior College with an Associate Degree. She was a member of Purity Presbyterian Church, where she served as elder, deacon and clerk of session, member of the church choir and participated in almost every function of the church. At the time of her death she was president of the Up to Date book club of Chester, a member of the Assembly dance club and charter member of the Chester Little Theatre, where she has served as past director, actor and producer of various productions. She was a member of the S.C. Spinal Cord Injury Association, a supper club, a birthday club and former member of the Chester Community Chorus and Chester Choral Ensemble.
She was employed by Campbell & Company, CPA as an office assistant and previously employed as office assistant to attorney John Reid Justice and as an insurance clerk at Chester County Hospital. As an office assistant to John Reid Justice, who was a member of the S.C. House of Representatives, Patsy was active in the Democratic Party and held numerous offices. She worked hard to help with the passage of the first handicapped accessible laws of South Carolina.
Patsy Gladden was a remarkable person. After contracting the polio virus during the summer of 1948, she spent her next few years at Warm Springs Hospital in Georgia, where she mastered the art of operating a wheel chair. She also obtained other skills which equipped her to be a vital, active part of her church and the Chester Community for more than 60 years.
Patsy loved to travel. Many of her travels included the mountains, the beach, New York or a cruise. Most of all, she was a true mother, sister, aunt and friend. Patsy was loyal whether you were right or wrong by offering her unwavering support, guidance and love.
Her sense of humor and joy for life brought a feeling of ease to those around her. Theater and music were an important part of her contribution to the community. She was a respected member of Purity Presbyterian Church, where she participated in almost every function including singing in the choir. She had an eclectic taste in music that ran from flashy Broadway shows which she attended every season, to classical music, and finally to her beloved Elvis and Patsy Cline.
Patsy was known to the residents of York Street for her walks with her dogs, Babe and Chase.
She is survived by two daughters, Ann "Annie" Louise Frazer of Chester and she was the birth mother of Marcia Kay Thompson, formerly of Aiken, S.C., currently of New York City, who was adopted by Dr. Major C. and Mary Ann Thompson; one brother, William Ross Gladden Jr. and his wife, Ruth Shugart Gladden, of Chester; one sister, Pamela Gladden Carroll and her husband, Joseph Allen Carroll, of Lilburn, Ga.; and aunt of Chris, Betsy, Elaine, Roberta, Joe and Gillie and their families.
Memorials may be made to Purity Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 278, Chester, SC 29706; Chester Chapter of the SC Spinal Chord Injury Association, c/o Lee Carter, 3710 Tate Drive, Blackstock, SC 29014; or the charity of one's choice.
Barron Funeral Home, 133 Wylie St., Chester is in charge of arrangements.