Gladys Marie Springer McDonald
Gladys Marie Springer McDonald, 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, April 27, 2017, where she will bring her bright countenance, laughter, and loving nature.
Gladys’s teaching career spanned 40 years, during which she touched the lives of thousands of students who loved her dearly for the lasting positive experiences they had in her classroom. Some have said that what she taught them were things that cannot be learned in books; she taught them to believe in themselves as she stood by them when others didn’t. She loved everyone exactly where they were, without judgement. Her career not only spanned time but the great state of Texas as well, from Bula, Lorraine, Tuloso MIdway in Corpus Christi, Millsap to Birdville ISD (North Oaks Jr. High, Watauga Jr. High, Richland Jr. High, and Haltom High).
That sincere love was given to everyone that came into Gladys’s life. She made every visitor to her home (and there were plenty of them) feel welcome and part of the family. Whether it was helping themselves to ice cream bars or homemade chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer, untold numbers of her children’s friends made themselves at home. Gladys had three children by birth, but dozens of their friends looked to her as a second mother.
Gladys taught her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by example to love and accept everyone as Christ did. Her death is only a beginning… of a glorious life beyond this world… and of generations of descendants that strive to follow in her footsteps.
She is survived by her husband, James McDonald; her children, Mike Morrison (Diane), Ann P. Wilson (Billy), and Nancy Hellewell (Ric); her grandchildren, Christy, Jim, Sam, Jill, Richard, and David; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was April 30 at Mt. Olivet Chapel/Greenwood in Fort Worth. There was a private burial followed by a Celebration of Life service and reception on May 1, at St. Luke UMC, Haltom City, Texas.