March 22, 1921 March 15, 2007
Valley Springs resident Gladys (Parker) Oakes died Thursday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 85.
Mrs. Oakes was born to Albert Kingsley Parker and Juanita Weaver Parker in Brownsville, Texas. As a young woman, she worked for Pan American World Airways and later at GTE Lenkurt in San Carlos. She traveled extensively and lived in New York, Mexico City, Miami and Redwood City. She moved to Valley Springs 17 years ago, where she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Oakes was an avid golfer and loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed watching sports on television and cooking.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, John D. Oakes of Valley Springs; daughters, Donna Perkins of Murphys and Karen Sue Oakes of San Andreas; sisters, Emma Faucett of Pasadena, Texas, Ruby Poer of Hernando, Miss., Mabel Drefke of Las Vegas, Margie Spring of Slidell, La., and Mary Jane Ready and Shirley Cole of Brownsville; her brother, Jerry Parker of Brownsville; and her grandson, Dustin Riley of Kingman, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, James David, Walter and Roy Parker.
A private graveside service will be held at Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys.
San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
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