Gladys May Kimker of Sullivan, Missouri, was born on June 19, 1932 in Bell, Missouri, to R.O. and Irene Hensley and passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the age of 86 years.
She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and began working at an early age.
Gladys married Alvin Kimker, in 1955. They were married for 63 years.
Baptized at the age of 18 as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Gladys had strong faith in the prophecy found at John 5:28, 29.
Gladys and Alvin mostly raised their family in St. Clair, Missouri, however, they spent many good years in Cedar Hill, Missouri before moving to Sullivan, Missouri in December of 2000. Gladys enjoyed fishing and playing cards.
For the past 13 years, Gladys could usually be found dealing out Rummy cards to her husband and friends in the activity room at Life Care Center.
She was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Linda and Cathy; her parents, R.O. and Irene Hensley; two brothers, Leslie and Homer Hensley; and one sister, Alice Wilson.
She is survived by her husband, Alvin Kimker of Sullivan, Missouri; two sons, Ronald Kimker of Sullivan, Missouri and Ryan West of St. Louis, Missouri; one daughter, Elaine Cross of Sullivan, Missouri; 10 grandchildren, Tiffany Kimker of Sullivan, Missouri, Cherie Irwin and husband, David, of O’Fallon, Missouri, LeeAnn Albrecht and husband Eric of Leasburg, Missouri, Heather Hooven and husband Jason of Wood River, Illinois, Mindy Anderson and husband Nate of Spring Bluff, Missouri, Lee Parks of St. Louis, Missouri, Ashley McBride and husband Michael of Bourbon, Missouri, Allen Kimker and wife Holly of New Haven, Missouri, RaeAnn Neal of Sullivan, Missouri and Tommy Cross of Catawissa, Missouri; 16 great grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Womack of Overland, Missouri, Jean Hensley of Overland, Missouri and Joan Brown of St. Charles, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
It was Gladys’ wish to be cremated.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sullivan, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan and Bourbon, Missouri.