Mrs. Gladys Irene Harrold was born Jan 16, 1919 in New
York County, Pennsylvania to John Henry and Erma (Reheard) Briggs and passed away December 30, 2016.
From a young age, Gladys developed a passion for art. As a child of the Great Depression, she became resourceful. She began collecting charcoal from
the burn pits in order to sketch and draw. By the time she entered high school, she had independently developed her sketching and drawing skills to the point that she was appointed art editor for the yearbook. In addition, she also participated in drama club and was captain of the girls’ basketball team. In September of 2016, she was inducted into Red Lion Area High School Hall of Fame, The Leo Club, for her outstanding achievement in
the field of art.
Upon graduation she obtained a job working in a sewing factory out of financial necessity. In 1937, she married Nelson Fitz and left her job at the sewing factory to help Nelson operate the family farm, run produce stands at farmer’s markets, and the ice
Nelson passed away in 1966, and in 1977 she married De. Kenneth Harrold.
She began working as a sales clerk at the Bon Ton & Mailman’s Department Stores and at the peak of her 30 year career Gladys was the District Representative of a five state area on the east coast for numerous cosmetic companies including Charles of the Ritz, Estee Lauder, Clinque, and Bonnie Belle. She was in charge of setting up cosmetic departments for new stores, training employees, and rolling out promotional programs. Her employer
persuaded her to return from retirement twice.
In 1991, at the age of 74, Gladys retired for the third and final time in order to complete her dream of attending art school. Many of her paintings were sold at various art shows she hosted.
She continued painting until a month before her passing. When her husband Ken passed away, she moved to Jefferson, Texas to be close to family.
She is survived by a sister, Grace Olphin of Felton, Pennsylvania; a son, Howard Fitz of New York; a daughter, Mary Castleman of Jefferson, Texas; two step-sons, Kevin Harrold of New Jersey and Bradley Harrold of Pennsylvania; 15 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren;14 great-great grandchildren; 1 great-great-great child, and host of dear friends.
Services were held on January 4, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson, with Kevin Harrold as Master of Ceremony, and Dr. Jeff Taylor, Officiating.
Professional services were entrusted to Lewis and Walker Funeral Home, Jefferson, TX.
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