Gladys Merle Hind-
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Gladys Merle Hind
1921 ~ 2014
On Saturday Gladys Allsop Hind told one of her sons, “I am going away.” She went away on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the age of ninety-three. We will miss her but we are comforted by our belief in eternal families.
Gladys was born in Sandy, Utah on March 6, 1921 to Myrle Allsop and Veloy Bateman. At the age of ten she contracted meningitis and as a result lost her hearing. She attended the Ogden Deaf School where she met Spencer Coleman Hind. They were married on December 5, 1940 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were together for 68 years before Spencer passed away in 2008.
In spite of what some people might consider a disability Gladys worked hard and created a good life for herself, her husband and her seven children. She was beloved in the deaf community and served the deaf people in many ways.
Gladys and her husband Spencer were pioneers in the leadership of the deaf branch of the LDS church. She served as the first deaf Relief Society President in the church. She was also Mutual President and taught Sunday school, and Relief Society. She and Spencer served as full time missionaries in the Houston Texas Mission.
Gladys loved to interpret songs with sign language and was known for her graceful hands and meaningful expressions as she signed each song. She was always glad to use this talent whenever she had the opportunity. She was an avid reader and an excellent needlewoman. Her home was filled with books and her quilts and afghans grace the homes of her children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren remember ice cream and popcorn on Sunday afternoons.
Gladys is survived by her children; Carol Stirling (Fred) of Boise, ID: Spencer J. (Judy; deceased, Karen), West Jordan, Richard (Cindy), West Jordan, Douglas (Karen), South Jordan, Ken (Valorie), West Jordan, Bill (Cherri), Riverton, Janet Taylor (Boyd), Mesa, AZ. She is also survived by 32 grandchildren, 97 great grandchildren and brothers, Delbert Allsop (Lola), Sandy, UT and Reed Allsop (Marge), Murray, UT. Preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister, Lois Dea.
Services will be held Friday, May 30 at 11:00 am in the LDS Chapel at 6250 South 2200 West, West Jordan, UT where friends may call Thursday, May 29, 6-8 pm and Friday from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services. Interment in the West Jordan Cemetery.
Mom, we hope you are enjoying the music!