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.