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Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary

7924 North 59Th Ave, Glendale, AZ

OBITUARY

Gladys Irene Franks

March 10, 1929November 8, 2019
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Gladys Irene Franks, 90, of Peoria, passed away on November 8, 2019 in Peoria, Arizona. She was born on March 10, 1929 to the late George and Florence Fisher Hartge in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hurst High School in 1947. She worked for Woolworths in Mt. Pleasant and then Woolco in Phoenix after relocating to Arizona in 1976. She then worked at Peoria High School as a matron until her retirement in 1997.

She enjoyed gardening and the canning and freezing that followed. She always had a full freezer and cupboards. Cooking was her way of showing love and you never left her house hungry.

Gladys is survived by her companion of many years, JR Chagolla; step-daughter, Patricia Truxel; daughter, Barbara (Bruce) Vickerman; son, William Franks; grandchildren; Paul (Laura) Crosby and Mark (Bridgette) Crosby; Doug (Christy) Truxel; Juanita (Andy) Rozik; great grandchildren; Jereth (Michelle) Jenkins; Corbin (Annalit) Crosby; Cody Crosby; CheyAnne Crosby; Gary Crosby; Crystal Rozik; Natasha Partee; Doug Truxel Jr; Kayla Truxel; Joseph Balko; James Gatewood; and great great grandchildren; Garyth Jenkins; Aria Crosby; and Orion Crosby; and many other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her siblings; Catherine (Harry) Overly; Ruth Mae (William) Dillinger; and Henry (Bessie) Hartge; her ex-husband, William Franks( 39 years); daughter, Linda Franks; step-daughter, Catherine Evans; sons-in-law, Gary Crosby, Harry Truxel and Joseph Gatewood.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Ave, Glendale, Arizona with the Service following at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gladys’ honor may be made to either The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at dav.org or Hospice of the Valley at 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

  • FAMILY

  • JR Chagolla, Companion
  • Barbara Vickerman, Daughter
  • William Franks, Son
  • Patricia Truxel Step- daughter, grandchildren; Paul (Laura) Crosby and Mark (Bridgette) Crosby; Doug (Christy) Truxel; Juanita (Andy) Rozik; great grandchildren; Jereth (Michelle) Jenkins; Corbin (Annalit) Crosby; Cody Crosby; CheyAnne Crosby; Gary Crosby; Crystal Rozik; Natasha Partee; Doug Truxel Jr; Kayla Truxel; Joseph Balko; James Gatewood; and great great grandchildren; Garyth Jenkins; Aria Crosby; and Orion Crosby; and many other loving family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 16, 2019

Memories

Gladys Irene Franks

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Karen Schmidt (Quartz)

November 15, 2019

Gladys was like a second Mom to me starting in 7th grade. She loved life, family, friends, cooking and baking. Her meals and desserts were so yummy! I will never forget the sleepovers at Barb’s house and Gladys’ easy going attitude when Barb and I would crank up our 60’s music. She loved to kid around and have fun! The video is priceless with so many special moments with family. Thank-you for touching my life, Gladys. I love you and look forward to spending eternity together.

Suzann Rensel

November 14, 2019

There was always excitement in the air when Aunt Gladys came to visit. She made people laugh and Grandma was always smiling when she was here. I will listen for her laugh on hot August days. (It was always a hot summer day when she visited!)

Peace to all,

Suzann

Valerie Collins

November 11, 2019

So sorry for your loss, my prayers for all of you, Love, Valerie Collins

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