Gladys R. Daw

June 8, 1925September 18, 2013

Gladys Rutan Daw 1925 – 2013

Gladys Rutan Daw was born in DeFuniak Springs, FL on June 8, 1925. She went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 18, 2013. Gladys was a renaissance woman. As a genealogist, she researched and published books on her family history, completed paid research for others, and served both the West Florida and Georgia Genealogical & History Societies. As an adventurer, she traveled with her late husband, Ray Daw, all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. As an artist, she painted dozens of landscape scenes from Pensacola to Newfoundland. As a do-it-yourselfer, she was fiercely independent and could outpace most men of today. Gladys had a deep faith in God throughout her life. She was a member of Gadsden Street United Methodist for many years. Over this time, she and her husband led youth groups, taught Sunday school classes, cared for the needy, and she even served as the church secretary. Gladys was predeceased by her loving husband of 40 years, Ray Kedrick Daw. She was also predeceased by her sons Ray Edward Daw and Paul Allen Daw. Gladys is survived by her grandson Ray Kedrick Daw II and his wife Sara McWhorter Daw, and three great grandchildren, Ray Andrew Daw, William Patrick Daw, and Madeline Mills Daw. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held Friday, September 27 at 10:00 AM at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church in Pensacola, FL, followed by interment at Bayview Memorial Park. BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL, 3351 Scenic Highway is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered at


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 27, 2013

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Rev. Madlyn Barry Ruch

September 26, 2013

Gladys meant so much to all of the Bob Barry family. Our dad, Bob, worked with Gladys in the office over the years he served as church treasurer...Bill and I have fond memories of Gladys during our youth years at Gadaden St. Blessings to you all.

September 26, 2013

I recall Gladys serving in many capacities in the West Florida Genalogical Society. She taught me many things. I'm sorry she had to leave us behind but I feel she went to a better place.
Priscilla Mimms Nobles

Ava Rich

September 25, 2013

Gladys Daw was the last in her generation of the Daws. There were 18 grandchildren and their spouses. When she and Paul were living in Crystal River, we came down to visit, and she had all of her notes on her computer from the Daw family dating back to 1650. I am forever grateful to the work that Gladys and Ray had done. I tried to get in touch with her after she moved from Pensacola. I wish I had tried harder. She was a lovely person, and I really miss her.
Ray and Sara, I never met you, but I am so sorry for your loss.

Nancy Wiggins Balk

September 25, 2013

What a great lady we have lost. There are very few memories from my childhood that don't include her. She was always sewing something for me or my sister. Halloween costumes, Barbie Doll clothes, beautiful dresses and quilts. She was always there, and she kept us kids in line. She will be greatly missed.

Linda Rutan

September 25, 2013

Will love and miss you always.
You were a good friend and sister-in-law and meant so much to Joe and to me.

I would say that yours was a life well lived, full of love, responsibilities well met.

Sweet dreams, Dear One.

Kathy Rutan

September 25, 2013

Aunt Gladys affected and improved so many people's lives, including mine. Please accept my deepest sympathies. My fondest hope is that she is able to rejoin Uncle Ray, her sons and other loved ones to watch over those of us that are left behind until it is our time to join them. May God bless you.

Mary Stroupe

September 25, 2013

A remarkable lady fondly remembered.