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Obituary Booklet

Gladys Mae Donaldson Horseman
June 13, 1932 to November 30, 2016
Gladys Mae Donaldson Horseman was born in Bath
County, Kentucky on June 13, 1932 to Claude
Donaldson and Elsie Marie Hughes. She moved to
Platte City, Missouri in 1936. She married Russell
Bryce Horseman of Weston, Missouri in 1948 in
Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1966 they moved to the
Lake of the Ozarks and she lived mostly in that area
until September 2016 when, in her words, her heart
just wore out. She then lived with her
grand-daughter in Warrensburg, Missouri until her
passing on November 30, 2016 at 6:46 PM. She
spent her final hours listening to hymns and thinking
about going home to be with the Lord.
Gladys had 4 children, Sheila Marie, Russell Wayne, Milton
Lee, and Regenia Pearl. Her 2 daughters and her husband,
Red, as most people knew him, have passed on before her
and she has 2 remaining sons, 12 grandchildren, 22
great-grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, a handful of
cousins in Indiana, numerous friends, as well as many
brothers and sisters in Christ.
Gladys was a gentle soul, always giving and concerned for
the well being of others. She often put others before herself
and served many people humbly during her 84 years. Her
quick wit and shy humor often made people smile. Her
graciousness was abundant even during difficult times.
Strangers were drawn to her and loved her as if they had
always known her. She brought out genuine care and
concern in others through her own offering of care and concern.
While waitressing at Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark,
Missouri she met many famous people and served several
celebrities. She worked there for about 16 years before retiring.
She was known as “Mamma” to many people in her circle of life.
She traveled many places including Yellowstone National Park
where she and her family were lost in the desert for several hours
before happening upon a highway in the middle of nowhere next to
a convenience store to the astonishment of all. She sold boiled
peanuts near the circus in Florida and experienced life in ways
most wouldn’t have expected from such a quiet, reserved woman.
Gladys has several close friends including Betty-Jo whom she has
known since she was four. They birthed their children at similar
times and the children all played and grew up together. Betty-Jo
has been keeping in close contact with Gladys for many years.
Betty-Jo tells this story, “Gladys and I was always up to something.
What one didn't think of the other one would. I can remember one
day when we were about 6 years old Aunt Elsie and Uncle Claude
along with Aunt Fronie came over to visit my mama and papa.
They brought along Gladys and her cousin Dale Withrow. After the
adults began to visit we children went upstairs to play. We were
very fond of playing hospital. Gladys and I decided that little Dale,
who was only about 4 years old, would be the patient. Gladys was
to be the doctor and I would be the
nurse. We determined our patient had a bad cold and needed to be
rubbed down with Vicks VapoRub. After we applied a very thick coat
of the Vicks to his chest and throat we put one of my papa's socks on
his chest and buttoned his shirt up over the sock. Knowing our sick
patient needed to rest we then put him into an old steamer trunk we
envisioned as his bed. We closed the lid and then went on to play
another game. Subsequently, Dale began to cry and holler arousing
the women downstairs. All three came rushing up the steps to see
what was wrong. It didn't take long to discover that Dale had been put
into the trunk and the lid closed on him. That's when all hell broke
loose. In the midst of Dale being rescued from the frightful care of the
"doctor" and "nurse" all three women were clamoring over who was
going to spank Gladys and I. Malpractice charges were filed against
us and we were never allowed to practice medicine again when
playing together. I am sure gonna miss my partner-in-crime.
She also has a close friend who worked with her at Lodge of the Four Seasons, Aileen, who has
been a wonderful friend and coworker. Aileen and Gladys and their families traveled in motor
homes together, fishing and looking for garage sales wherever possible. On one single trip they
circled Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. One favorite story is of an
Arkansas state park camping trip when the two ladies discussed what to have for dessert.
Aileen offered up her green apples, because that’s what they had available and they didn’t want
to go back into town in the rain, so between the two of them, they made a green apple pie.
Some of Gladys’ favorite things were garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores. Every spring
she would hit the streets and seek out all the local garage sales. She loved country music and
especially music by Elvis, of whom she named her little yorkie puppy. She loved her “babies”,
Elvis and Precious, her yorkie and pomeranian dogs. She also cared for other animals
including her daughter’s poodle, Jo-Jo Binks and several cats. The Bible was her overall
favorite book but especially the books of Ruth and Esther. She had several bibles, many study
books, a Jimmy Swaggart concordance, and a variety of Christian movies. Some of her favorite
shows were of John Wayne. She also enjoyed “On Golden Pond” and “Lonesome Dove”. Her
favorite fragrances included Estee Lauder and White Linen. She decorated her house with a
giant glass lamp filled with shells, as well as pictures depicting Christ or other pictures of angels
watching over people. She also admired the “Footprints in the Sand” poem and had at least two
wall pictures of it. In her yard, she decorated with giant conch shells from the ocean and a
rooster and hen statue given to her by her friend, Betty-Jo. Perhaps, she is most famous for her
extensive porcelain doll collection of which she has well over a hundred in a variety of size and
Gladys attended church faithfully at Blue Springs
Baptist Church. She was baptized there on
November 13, 1994. Gladys was a faithful servant
to God and to her church. She would proclaim His
love, grace and mercy any chance she got to
whoever needed the witness. She was also a
tremendous prayer warrior and avid Bible studier.
There was always a hug
and smile anytime you
saw her. She loved everyone. She attended every service and event
that she possibly could. It was easy for her when she lived in Rocky
Mount, but after she moved to Kaiser it was not so easy. The drive
was longer and she didn’t care for driving in the dark, BUT that sweet
lady made an effort to attend Sunday school, worship service and
evening service every time she possibly could. She attended
Wednesday evening prayer service and business meetings as often
as possible as well. If there was a member, or anyone, in need and
she would provide help; she assisted in any way she could. And what
a cook she was; her cream pies were a delicacy to many. What an
amazing Christian role model she was to all who knew her. She will
be happy in her new home with her Heavenly Father and dear family
waiting for her there.
One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my
For each scene, I noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path
of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest
there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord
about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and
most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You
the most, You would leave me."
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you
and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."