Gladys L. Mendenhall, 99, of Belle Rive, passed away at 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon.
Gladys was born Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1914, in Jefferson County, to Glen and Irene (Williamson) Phillips. She attended Williamson Grade School for eight years and then rode a horse to Opdyke High School, graduating in 1932. Gladys was one of four children, being the only girl.
Gladys was working at the hospital in Mt. Vernon when she met her future husband, Howard “Fuzz” Mendenhall, who was brought in for emergency surgery in 1933. She and Howard “Fuzz” Mendenhall were married in Morganfield, Ky., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1939.
Gladys and Fuzz owned and operated Gladys’ Flower Shop at 809 Jordan in Mt. Vernon, from Nov. 27, 1951 until Sept. 15, 1966. After retiring from the flower shop, they were engaged in farming. Fuzz passed away Feb. 12, 1984, after 45 years of marriage.
In addition to working at the hospital and flower shop, Gladys was employed at Davidson’s Bakery, Morris Store (later G.C. Murphy) and was manager at Carp’s Ready-to-Wear. She had always enjoyed mowing and taking care of her dogs and cats.
From 1984 to 1995, Gladys was in a group of approximately 25 women known as the Golden Girls. They enjoyed celebrating birthdays together and going out for dinner each week, forming close friendships while socializing.
Gladys is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Bob and Shirley (Phillips) Hall of Placentia, Calif., Sharon (Phillips) Meyers of Valencia, Calif., Larry and Sarah Phillips of Belle Rive, Gary Phillips of Mt. Vernon, Randy and Darla Phillips of Dahlgren, Bill Phillips of Muskegon, Mich., Betty Ostby of Muskegon, Mich., Janet (Mendenhall) Litton of Mt. Vernon and Lowell and Judy Mendenhall of Olive Branch; great-nieces and great-nephews, Brandon Phillips and family of O’Fallon, Hillary (Phillips) Hoy and family of Fairview Heights, Corey Phillips and family of Belle Rive, Michelle (Phillips) Rightnower and family of Mt. Vernon, Timesha (Phillips) McCowen and family of Waltonville and Wesley Phillips and family of Bluford; and special cousins, Bob Greene and Myrna Bayer of Tennessee, Jacque Fischer of Washington State and Robert Williamson of Virginia Beach, Va.