Connally/Compton Funeral Directors

4400 West Waco Drive, Waco, TX


Gladys Camile (Harper) Cavender

August 17, 1912August 7, 2019

Gladys Cavender died Wednesday morning, August 7 at the Brazos of Waco. She was 106 years old. Graveside service will be Sat., Aug. 10 at Chapel Hill Memorial Park at 9:00 a.m. Reverend Daniel Hawkins will officiate.

Gladys was born Aug. 17, 1912 in The Grove, Texas to Rev. Earl and Sallie Harper. She attended the Flat Intermediate School and graduated from Gatesville High School in 1931. Gladys won a scholarship to attend college upon graduation but remained at home to help her family raise 3 brothers and one sister. She married Woodrow Cavender in December 1939, and was ever vigilant to be with him when he was sent from camp to camp during the early days of World War II. After Woodrow was sent to the European theatre, she came back to Waco and started employment with A&P Grocery. She retired in 1979.

Gladys is preceded in death by her mother and father, Earl and Sallie Harper, her husband, Woodrow A. Cavender, her brothers, Garlon A. Harper, Moody W. Harper and Travis C. Harper. She is survived by her sister, Anne Harper Koos, nieces, Kay Hawkins, Susan Dortch and Kitty Kenyon. She is also survived by nephews Phillip Harper, Andy Harper, Craig Harper and Carl Cavender. Gladys is survived by many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the employees of Home Instead for their loving care over the last 4 years. The family would particularly like to thank Carol Gilbert for 4 years of loving service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her favorite charities, Caritas and Meals on Wheels, or the charity of your choice.


  • Caritas
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Charity of your choice


  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 10, 2019


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Carole Parker

August 16, 2019

A special lady with so many talents and a big heart. She loved gardening and had such a green thumb. Always able to make anything grow & be beautiful. Her yard was always immaculate & flowers prettier that anyone's. She was an outstanding cook & would make any dish delicious. Her homemade ice cream was the best. Such a gracious lady and hostess, always welcomed her guest and made them feel like they were part of the family. She was my mother's best friend and they shared so many good times together. Their favorite thing was to visit the local restaurants & have afternoon pie & coffee, sit there enjoy their visit & time together. My deepest sympathy to Anne & the family.