Terry Gladstone passes away

11/7/2011

 

Editor's Note: The Rev. Terry Gladstone, who served on the Detroit Conference Staff from 1994-2011, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6. The following is the family's obituary for Gladstone.  There will be a Memorial service for Rev. Terry Gladstone on Sunday, November 13th, 2011 at 4pm.  The service will be held at Port Huron: First UMC; 828 Lapeer Ave. Port Huron, MI 48060.  Memorials may be sent to: Lake Louise Christion Community; 11037 Thumb Lake Dr. Boyne Falls, MI 49713 or Port Huron: First UMC.


 
The Rev. Terry Kay (Niles) Gladstone, 62, died in her sleep Sunday, Nov. 6, at 12:55 a.m. She was surrounded by her loving family, the Rev. David Gladstone (husband), the Rev. Carl (son) and his wife Anna Gladstone, Mary (daughter) and her husband Andrew Gladstone-Highland, Denise Niles (sister-in-law), Nicole (niece) and Nathan (nephew) Niles. Terry was born October 28, 1949, in Dearborn, MI to Mary (88) and Harold Niles (90). Also survived by her loving and close cousin, Rick McNelly. She attended the former Bentley High School and graduated from University of Michigan School of Music and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary.
 
Music was always a huge part of Terry's life. She was a stunning soprano voice, accomplished accompanist on piano and even played a few other instruments when she had the chance. She spent the early part of her career as a music teacher and inspired many of her pupils. When she married David Gladstone, a choir director turned Methodist minister, music was no stranger in their home.
 
Music is so important and so present in the Niles/Gladstone home. It is not unusual for grace to be sung in four or five or six part harmony. She and Dave brought music into the lives of their children and that continues to be a blessing for them to share.
 
The extrovert in Terry loved to be around people, talk to people, and think about how to help the people of the world. She was a dedicated employee of the Detroit Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church where she helped to start programs like Mission Interns which gave young people the opportunity to have service oriented summer jobs and seek guidance on how to choose a career that is service driven.
 
She most recently worked as Creative Programming Director of Lake Louise United Methodist Camp and had the opportunity to live out the end of her life on Thumb Lake, in Boyne Falls, MI. Her family is an integral part of the Lake Louise Christian Community history and she too has helped make Lake Louise into the thriving camp and community that it is today. 
 
After a 2 ½ year battle with cancer, Terry Kay can now rest and be free from pain and cancer. She will be joining her brother Tom (1953-1998). We love her and will miss her every day of our lives. A Memorial Service will be held in the coming week in her honor in Port Huron, MI. Details for this service to follow. She will be inhumed at Lake Louise United Methodist Camp at a later date.