Born on July 24, 1940, in Long Branch, New Jersey; growing up in Goldsboro, N.C., she moved to Minnesota in the 1960s, settling in Hillman in 1994. Always reaching out to people Gladys worked in the nursing home ministry for more than 30 years. She is a 1985 graduate of Logos Bible College, and was ordained by the International Ministerial Fellowship in December of 1990. As an ordained minister she continued her work with nursing homes in both Minneapolis and the Little Falls area. After receiving an ordination from the Church of God, she served as pastor to The Lion of Judah Church of God in Minneapolis, and later as an associate visitation minister at Living Hope Assembly of God church in Little Falls. After which she continued her nursing home ministry in the Pierz and Little Falls area. Gladys then served several years as pastor of the Faith Community church of Pierz, MN. After contracting Renaults’ disease she made a seasonal move to Crescent City, FL where she was beginning the process of acquiring a license with the United Methodist church.
Her family played a very important role in her life and she is survived by her husband of 32 years, Darrell Reynolds of Hillman; her daughters Laurie Wolff of Coon Rapids, Charity (Thomas) Alich of Ham Lake, Anne Amundsen of Pierz and Dustie (Fred) Hoff of St. Francis; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren; sisters Patricia Smith of St. Paul and Donna Wood of Florida; and brother Michael Smith of Asheville, N.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, Barry Wood and Mary Smith; her brother Joseph Wood and her granddaughter, Christina Claussen.
The family will have a celebration of Gladys’ life at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Lakeview Community Church, 25538 – 370th Avenue, Hillman, MN 56338, (320) 277-3342, with a pot luck lunch to follow. Gladys will be buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.