Gladys Lorene Holder, 76, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
Funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, Aug. 12 at Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home in Metropolis. Burial will follow at Metropolis Memorial Gardens.
A reception will follow the burial at her son's home, Jerry LaRoe, at 69 Bullock Ln. in Metropolis.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service hour on Monday.
Gladys was born Aug. 6, 1942 in Metropolis to Reva and Winster Dunn and was very close to her brothers and sisters, Phyllis Pauline Dunn, Wayne Dunn, Lawrence Dunn, Linda Darnell, Lee Dunn and Alan Dunn.
Growing up in Reevesville, Gladys loved school and loved to play softball.
At age 16, she married Robert LaRoe. They had three children together: Teresa Saldutti, Eugene LaRoe and Jerry LaRoe. She later married Jesse Holder, and they moved to Santa Barbara where they had two children: Tina Holder and Cheryl Holder. She also had three stepchildren: Patrick Holder, Lisa Holder and Scott Holder.
Gladys' children gave her eight grandchildren, Candace Brixey, Jennifer Logan, Shaelene LaRoe, Stephanie Angell, Ryan Saldutti, Chelsea LaRoe, Mattie LaRoe and Carson LaRoe; eight great-grandchildren, Amber Stover, Cailey Stover, Patience Brixey, Ayden Angell, Thomas Logan, Avery Brixey, Charlotte Saldutti and James Logan; and one great-great-grandson, Hagen Smith.
Though they never had any children together, she also wed and divorced Lee McCandless of Metropolis. She adored all of his children and grandchildren and was adored back.
Gladys loved music and to dance. She would clap and sing along any time with any kind of music played. She never sat still; she was always going somewhere.
She loved babies and couldn't pass a baby without stopping to love it. She was always seen smiling and had a larger than life personality.
Gladys was so forgiving and would do anything for anybody. She talked to everyone and always had a way of making others laugh and smile. She was close with so many people and will be so incredibly missed by all of us. It brings us peace to know that she finally gets to return home to her Heavenly Father that she loved so much.