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Helen Francis Gladden

Mrs. Helen Francis Gladden (Blanton), of Marion, NC, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021, at the age of 85. She had been a resident of Marion since 1978.

Helen was born to parents Alfred and Susie Blanton in Slope Hollow, Louellen, KY, on November 24, 1935. She was the second of 9 children. Growing up in the coal fields of Harlan County, KY, she knew hardship but learned the value of working hard and the blessings of family. Her childhood nickname, Tuffy, described her spirit and determination throughout her life, and she was sustained by her faith in Jesus Christ as her savior and anchor. She was a member of Old Fort Church of God and loved her church family.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Lightfoot, Vanessa Nacianceno (Sam), and Patricia Ackley, her sons, George Brown and Johnny Gladden (Sonya), and her sole surviving sibling, James Blanton of Michigan. She is loved dearly by her 8 surviving grandchildren, and was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Camilla Anzures.

Helen will be missed by her 14 great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandson, Ean Anzures. She is also survived by several first cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Pat Gladden, her sisters Mary, Betty, and Brenda, and her brothers Bill, Delbert, Frank, and Leroy.

Helen’s long-held wish was to be cremated with no memorial service. A simple viewing will be held for immediate family only, followed by cremation at Beam Funeral Service and Crematory, Marion, NC. The family appreciates expressions of sympathy but respectfully declines any offers of flowers or donations.

The family is especially grateful to Luanne, Sherry and the staff at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills for all the care and compassion they provided Helen at home in her final months. The family also appreciates the fine care Helen received from Dr. Mark Burton and his staff over the years.

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A candle was lit in memory of Helen Gladden

Debbie M Wilson Apr 11 2022 8:34 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Helen Gladden

Brenda Estep May 16 2021 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm praying you and the family. My mother knew her well and they both are in the presence of the lord right now. 2 Cor_5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

David McPeters May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Sis Helen was a joy to be around and always had a kind word to give me . My grandmother (Mae) loved talking to Helen on the phone, they would talk often when they were able . Love and Prayers to all of you !

Jamie Burnette May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Helens passing. She was a special lady who loved her family and her Lord very much. Condolences to George, Johnny, and all the rest of the family. She is our loss but Heavens gain.

Jay massengale May 12 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry and my heart breaks because we have lost a very special lady but she has gained a life of eternity with our Savior and we will be with her again. My condolences to all the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sue Hendley May 10 2021 12:00 AM

George and family: I'm sorry to learn of Helens passing. She was very special to me and our church family. I have missed being able to fellowship with her during this terrible pandemic and its restrictions. Helen was such a joy to be around. She sure loved Jesus and now she is with him. Two of my aunts have also gone to see Jesus this past month. Heaven is getting sweeter all the time. Love and prayers of comfort for you!!!

Vina Padgett May 10 2021 12:00 AM