NACOGDOCHES – Gladys “Mimi” Marie Jeter died peacefully on Sept. 6, 2013, in her home in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Central Christian Church with the Rev. Danny Couch officiating. The church is located at 1602 S. Main Street, Weatherford, TX 76086. Burial service will follow with interment at Parkdale Cemetery, 538 E. 2nd St., in Arlington. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. on Friday at White’s Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., in Weatherford.
Pallbearers will be Justin Jeter, Ross Jeter, Joshua Jeter, Ben Jeter, Jordan Jeter and Chris Nelson. Honorary pallbearers will be David Miller and Clint Miller.
She was 94 years old and was ready to unite with her family and friends who have crossed over before her. She was an accomplished woman known for her strong faith, wit, unconditional love and resilient constitution.
Gladys was born in Arlington, Texas, on May 17, 1919, to Al Ervin Sisson and wife, Ida “Beulah” Sanders Sisson. They had four children together, with Gladys being the oldest. In 1928, when Gladys was 9, Ervin died as a result of an infection to a cut on his hand that turned into blood poisoning. His passing left Beulah and their four children without a husband or father. This was the beginning of the Great Depression and jobs were becoming scarce and times were very hard.
Beulah did her best as a single mom to provide for her children. She found a job as a cook and housekeeper at the Eastern Star Home and the Reynolds Tea Room in downtown Arlington. In 1930, she met Charles Johnston and they were married on March 27, 1931. “Daddy Charles” later adopted her children as his. Daddy Charles saved this family. He took them to church and provided them with love, affection and a father.
Gladys graduated from Arlington High School in 1937. After high school she studied one year of business classes and then attended North Texas Agricultural College (UTA). She also worked in the Agricultural Department, where she met and eventually married Fred Thomas “Tommy” Jeter from Gladewater. Tommy was in the ROTC and was studying for a degree in Agriculture.