October 6, 2021
Gladys May Estep Melvin, age 96, of Milford Center, peacefully went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at her home. She loved her Lord and Savior and read her Bible daily. A charter member of Marysville Free Will Baptist Church and the church’s women’s auxiliary, she was a faithful supporter of church missions. She was especially recognized for her work and contributions to the Free Will Baptist Church. She also was passionate in supporting the mission work of her grandson, Bob Jones, in Moldova. Gladys was a former housekeeper and launderer at the Union County Home/Union Manor from where she retired after more than 20 years. A Blue Star Mother, she also volunteered over 5000 hours as a kitchen helper for Memorial Meals at the Windsor Community Meals site. In 1991, she was recognized with a “Super Volunteer” award. She was formerly named “Queen of Community Meals,” and was shown appreciation of her volunteer service with her photo on a billboard in Milford Center. On her 90th birthday, she was given a congratulatory resolution from then State Representative Dorothy Pelanda. Gladys was a life member of OPERS and was a member of PERI, Local Chapter 39 Union County. A lover of Bluegrass Gospel music, she was a deeply devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law and friend. She will be remembered for her famous chicken and dumplings, biscuits and gravy, apple “flipover” turnovers and old-fashioned apple stack cake. She loved tending to her flower and vegetable gardens and canning her produce. She traveled to most states of the Union and was known for sending scores and scores of greeting and uplifting cards throughout the years. She was born May 26, 1925 in Johnson County, Kentucky to the late Oakley and Esta Lemaster Estep. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Charles “Billy” Jones, Raymond Freeman and Maurice Melvin; her siblings, Betty Ray Estep Lemaster, James Earl Estep, “Alkie” Salyer and Oakley “Junior” Estep; and a son-in-law, Gary Bartley. She is survived by her children, Nancy Bartley, William “Bill” (Virginia) Jones, Jimmy (Virgie) Jones, Juanita (Bob) Allen and Warren (Lori) Jones; a step-son, Jeff Freeman; a step-daughter, Patricia Wilhelm; her brothers, Hobart Estep and Marvin Estep; many grandchildren, Terry (Karen) Bartley, Bob (Carla) Jones, Tim (Chrissy) Jones, Angie (Dan) Laird, Sarah (Rick) Day, Warren Jones and Jonathan Jones; and great-grandchildren, Derek, Naomi, Nathan (Nikki), Jacob, Josiah, Charity, Hope (Theron), Benjamin, Stephen, Alex, Bryce (Kaitlin), Tyler, Grace, Noah (Meagan), Samuel, Joshua (Leah), Alyssa (Ryan), Brandon, Kaitlin, Emily, Noah, Natalie, Lily (Charles), Dustin and Alec; great-great grandchildren, Quinton, Ellie, Esther, Azalia, Axel and Violet; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, including Sandy Blevins, Scarlett Conley, Juanita Wineberger, Susie McMannis, Reese Allen, Barbara and Murray Ormiston, Ambrose and Linda Phillips, Pauline Pack and Ruby Lyle and caregivers, Mallory St. John and Megan Levings. Viewing hours will be held 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Marysville Free Will Baptist Church where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Interment will follow at Union Township Cemetery in Milford Center. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to her church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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