McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 20, 2007

Billie Lou Gladish


Billie Lou Gladish, 93, of McAlester, died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at McAlester Regional Health Center.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chaney’s Memorial Chapel.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Leonard Higgins officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in McAlester. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chaney-Harkins Funeral Home of McAlester.

Born Nov. 12, 1913, in Pound Valley, she was the daughter of John Clayton and Madge (Pound) Ladd. When she was five years old her mother married Frank Anderson, of Peaceable Valley, and she was raised by him. She and her sister spent their elementary years in Catholic boarding schools. She also attended Kiowa High School and McAlester High School.

She married Ova Hoy Grantham on Nov. 10, 1931, and he preceded her in death in October 1942. She worked at the United States Navy Depot from 1942 to 1945 and married Dick Gladish, USMC on Dec. 8, 1945. They moved to Terre Haute, Ind., where they raised their children. They later moved to Petersburg, Ind., her husband’s hometown. He preceded her in death in October 1968.

She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Indiana; lifetime member of Kritienstein Post American Legion Auxiliary; Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary; McAlester Writers Guild and St. John the Evangelist Church. She was a registered voting member of the Chickasaw Nation.

She was an avid sports fan and could recall plays from games. She also enjoyed nature, gardening, writing poetry and family history but most of all, her family.

She was crowned Miss McAlester of 1929 or 1930 but the McAlester merchants could not fund the trip to Oklahoma City to compete in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant.

Survivors include her sons, John Shane Grantham and wife, Connie, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Paul Colbert Grantham and wife, Susan, Newport Beach, Calif.; daughter, Carolyn Routh Grantham Wright and husband, Bill, of McAlester; one daughter-in-law, Jeri Grantham, Auburn, Ala.

Also, sisters, Jane Ladd Fulcher, Albuquerque, N.M.; Jean Ladd Wangler and husband, Dick, Monticello, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, Michael Grantham and wife, Debbie, Carthage, Mo., Lori (Grantham) and husband, Rob Cox , Opelika, Ala., Amy (Grantham) and husband, Don Kling, Arlington, Texas, Shane Grantham and wife, Jodie, Fort Wayne, Ind., Heather Grantham, Franklin, Ind., Holly (Grantham) and husband, Andrew Volink, Fort Wayne, Ind., Eric Grantham and wife, Nicole, Gig Harbor Wash., Carolyn (Wright) and husband, Kirby Kerr, Greeley, Colo., Jason Wright, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Christopher Wright, Bossier City, La., Alison (Wright) and husband, Tommy Rose, McKinney, Texas, Ethan Wright, of Broken Bow, Jeanne (Grantham) and husband, Marty Irons, Wallingford, Pa., John Grantham and wife, Brenda, Leesburg, Va., and Hagen Grantham and wife, Lauren, Irvine, Calif.

And, 24 great-grandchildren, Ensign Joanne Grantham, USN, Oak Harbor, Wash., Tim Grantham, Carthage, Mo., Cpl. Mitchell Grantham, USMC, The Hague, Netherlands, Lance Cpl. Johnathan Grantham, USMC, Okinawa, Japan, Trent Cox, Troy, Ala., Chase Cox, Auburn, Ala., Justin Walker, Myrtle Beach, N.C., Preston Walker, Arlington, Texas, Jack Clark Grantham, Gig Harbor, Wash., Aubrey and Colin Kerr, Greeley, Colo., Hagen, Garrett and Madison Rose, McKinney, Texas, Alexandria and Drew Wright, of Broken Bow, Brianna, Zachary and Grace Irons, Wallingford, Pa., Giovanna and Joshua Grantham, Leesburg, Va., Sarah, Ava and Micah Grantham, Irvine, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Ladd, Madge and Frank Anderson; an infant son, James Grantham; sister, Carolyn (Carrie) Ladd, great-grandson, Joseph Grantham, brothers, John Clay Ladd Jr. and Jess Noble Ladd and both sets of in-law parents, Albert G. and Callie Moody Grantham and Herschel and Cleo Gladish; brother-in-law, Roy Grantham, and sisters-in-law, Pearl Grantham Pettus and Mildred Grantham Brown.

Pallbearers will be Hank Anderson, Jim Henry, Carl Ketcherside, Jim Mouser, Albert Smith and Jerry Wilkenson.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ohoyohoma Club of GFWC.

Memorials may be made to the Ohoyohoma Club Scholarship Fund or the Pittsburg County Youth Shelter.