Gladys Jurado, aka “Mumski,” age 88, of Midland, passed away peacefully at Brittany Manor. She stated she was born on a Sunday, and when her brother came home from Sunday school, he found out he had a new baby sister. She married Paul Jurado in 1961, in Hawaii and they shared 15 years together before going their separate ways. Although divorced, Paul and Gladys remained on friendly terms to raise their four children. Jose (Shefra) Jurado, Paula Jurado, Joy Jurado, and Michael Jurado.
Gladys graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and attended Central Michigan College of Education, where she pursued a business degree. Following her studies, she worked for a brief time at the Dow Chemical Company before venturing to Hawaii for vacation and meeting Paul on a blind date. After their marriage, she became a military wife and moved several times before settling permanently in Midland, Michigan in 1970. Her first job as a working mother was selling Avon door to door. In 1972 she accepted a position as a receptionist/office manager at Catholic Family Service and remained there for 29 years.
Gladys was a devoted mother who supported her children unconditionally. She could be found in the stands at her children’s sporting events, or at the end of a lane line at a local swim meet volunteering in all kinds of weather. She drove a station wagon aka “the family unit” to deliver newspaper bundles for many of her children’s paper routes, driving children to and from camping trips for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and dropping off and picking up her children at college. Her greatest joy was when she became a grandmother and she spent many great weekends and summers over the years with her granddaughter, Nichole.
Gladys enjoyed many hobbies such as Hallmark ornament collecting, stitching plastic canvas creations, and meeting her senior friends at the gym for exercise classes.
Gladys was a member of Midland Christian Church (now Axiom). She volunteered throughout the years as a Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher, church treasurer and she especially enjoyed her time as a team member on the building committee as they built the new church located on M-20.
The family would like to thank the devoted staff at Brittney Manor for their dedicated and compassionate care and MyMichigan Hospice, especially nurse Amy and hospice volunteer Barb.
Per Gladys’ wishes, cremation has taken place and no memorial service will be held. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions the Humane Society of Midland County as Gladys loved her pets and her “grandfur babies.” To sign online guestbook, visit www.cremationsocietymidmi.com Arrangements made with Cremation Society of Mid Michigan.