Gladys Nester



NESTER, Gladys, 89, was gently gathered in the arms of Jesus and escorted by angels to her heavenly home November 16, 2018. The fourth child of Haymon and Ada Swecker she was born in Max Meadows, VA and married to the love of her life, Claude, for almost 55 years until he preceded her in death. Mrs. Nester was a woman of faith who loved the Lord and served Him through the teaching of preschoolers for 25 yrs., long-time church treasurer and missions leader. She enjoyed singing in the church choir for most of her life. The joy of her life were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Nester had a knack for dates and kept up with the birthdays, anniversaries and deaths of her large family and many friends sending each a card for their special day. Survivors include her children, Bill (Ann); Judy (Phillip), Reggie (Glenda) and Rhonda. She was grandma, Granny Pete and GanGan to nine grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and two great great grands! She was also survived by siblings include Julia Belle and Millie Semones, Jim (Bill) and Muncy Swecker; a close cousin, MaryLou Carter; one sister-in-law, Marie Nester; special niece, Brenda Dodson; and numerous other nieces and nephews along with several special friends. She was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers. A special thanks to her sweet caregivers Shirley Shelton and Joyce Hawk, who made it possible for her to remain in her home until her recent hospitalization and passing. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5pm and 6 to 8pm Monday, November 19 at Oakland Baptist Church in Gum Spring. A funeral service will be held 1pm Tuesday, November 20 at the church. Interment follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be sent to God’s Pit Crew or Samaritan’s Purse to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes.