Gladys (Griffin) Crider
Carrollton & Farmers Branch

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Survivors - Bettye C. Clem-daughter, Dr. C. Truman Clem - son-in-law, Clarence T. (Casey) Clem, Jr. grandson, Kelly Crider Clem - grandson Lori A. Clem & Cara A. Clem daughters-in-law, MacKenzie Elizabeth Clem - great granddaughter. Gladys Mae was the youngest of nine children born to M. T. & Minnie Mae Harrington Griffin in 1904. Her father owned substantial amounts in both Denton and Collin counties. Her daughter & family still love on approximately 200 acres which is part of the original homestead & is a registered Texas Century Ranch. This section of land was given to Gladys' parents as a wedding gift & was a portion of the 2,140 acres previously purchased by her grandfather, Alfred Harrington, in 1849. He traded 6 sheep and a saddle horse without the saddle for this property. From early marriage, Gladys & Her husband raised livestock, owned & farmed vast amounts of land. Those very areas encompass the land where Prestonwood Baptist Church, The Shops of Willow Bend & portions of The Colony are today. Gladys was instrumental in assisting her daughter, Bettye, with the opening of Toothacres Pet Care Center in 1967. She worked there from the age of 62 to the age of 75 when she retired to work in her garden. She was a life long member of the Hebron Baptist Church & a member of the Eastern Star. On her 100th birthday, she received a letter from her beloved President Bush & flags that had flown over both the US Capitol as well as the state capitol. She voted in the last Presidential election & immersed herself in current events. Gladys Crider left a lasting impression on all those that knew & loved her. She was a remarkable lady and will be sorely missed. Funeral  services to be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 2:00 pm at the Hebron Baptist Church in Carrollton.

Submitted by Betty Lou (Stanley) Dennis


Nana - GLADYS GRIFFIN - JULY 22, 1904 - FEB. 26, 2006
Baba - GEORGE IRVEN - DEC. 22, 1897 - APR 20, 1994
Married June 10, 1924

Furneaux Cemetery, Carrollton, Denton Co., Texas


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