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Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Joan Booth Gledhill

March 23, 1934October 12, 2019
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Joan Booth Gledhill passed away peacefully and went to her Heavenly Home on Oct 12, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL at the age of 85. She was born on March 23, 1934 in Jacksonville, FL, the daughter of Howard C and Evelyn Booth. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School (Jacksonville, FL) in 1952. She continued her education at both Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS and Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. During her youth, she attended and was married at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. In Joan’s spare time, she enjoyed gardening, traveling, square dancing, playing the piano, sewing, and cooking. Most of her life, she stayed home and cared for her family which included being involved with the PTA, band boosters, kids’ recitals, scouts, and vacation Bible school. Joan was a kind, loving lady that always put her family first. In her later years, she especially enjoyed her role as Grammie to her grandchildren. To support her husband’s career, Joan and her family lived in a number of places including Tampa, FL; Easley, SC; Overland Park and Junction City, KS; Jefferson City and Reeds Spring, MO. After her husband’s death, Joan decided to return “home” to Jacksonville where she rekindled her relationship with her high school sweetheart whose spouse had also died. During those 16 years, she really enjoyed going with James to their monthly luncheons with their many high school friends. During her work years, Joan was an administrative assistant for the State of Florida and then for Johnson County Community College (KS). Joan is predeceased by her late husband of 47 years, Leonard Gledhill, Jr. and a brother, James H Booth. Joan is survived by her youngest brother, Richard C Booth (Barb) of Miramar, FL; her significant other and high school sweetheart, James H Fortenberry of Jacksonville, FL; her son, David S. Gledhill of Montgomery, AL; her daughters Terri Kacena (Jeff), of Kingwood, TX, and Jeannine Heidary (Walter) of Burlington, Ontario, and five grandchildren: Benjamin and Kate Kacena; Courtney, Faith, and Riley Heidary. Joan leaves behind many other family and friends. A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 12-2pm at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Funeral service will follow at 2pm. Interment will be held at a later date in Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Springfield, MO. Arrangement by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 904-737-7171. Please sign the guestbook at www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 20, 2019

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Ron Rogers

October 16, 2019

I'm Ron, I'm Hidden Hills Secruity, She was so sweet to me, I have known her since I have been at Hidden Hills Country Club working as a security guard. She will be missed by me. Ron Rogers, Security Gurad

Kathy Elder

October 16, 2019

Scott and I have fond memories of the delightful visit with both Joan as well as David, when they were here in the South Florida region back in the '90's. In fact, for all the organizating we have been doing the past few years--donating to our local homeless, I still have the thoughtful gift given to us by Joan. It is with great sorrow that we have heard of this lovely ladies' passing, and we have no doubt the legacy of kindness she left behind will live on in her memory. Godspeed Joan, and thank you for sharing a small part of your world with the two of us--Respectfully, Kathy & Scott Elder

Saundra Milner

October 15, 2019

Remembering Joan and children when we all lived in Tampa. We enjoyed being together at church and letting our kids play. Many wonderful memories of Joan and Len. My deepest sympathy for the family. Saundra Milner

Rick Booth

October 15, 2019

Joan. The entire family will miss you . Although we know you are in a better place. Love forever.



Barbara Booth

October 15, 2019

Joan, you are at peace now. Go spread your wings! I am so fortunate to have reacquainted with Ricky and have you and you beautiful family as a part of my life. Thank you!

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