July 2, 1915 - December 20, 2013. The daughter of Job and Rose Taylor Smith, she was born July 2, 1915, on the family farm in St. Marys, Pleasants County, W.Va. She was the 10th of 14 children, having six sisters and seven brothers.
She was a 1934 graduate of St. Marys High School and the Steubenville, Ohio Beauty College. A Veteran of WWII, she served from 1942-1945 in the Navy WAVES in Washington, D.C., and Dayton, Ohio, as part of the United States Naval Communications Intelligence Organization. On Nov. 24, 1944, she married James C. Butcher and after the war ended moved to Parkersburg, where she owned and operated the Eulah Kane Beauty Shop for 60 years. In 2006, she moved to Midland, Mich., to be closer to her family. She was a member of Beechwood Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg, and attended The First United Methodist Church while in Midland.
She is survived by her son, Mike and wife Pam in Midland, Mich.; grandson, Jim and wife Beth in Seattle, Wash.; her granddaughter, Kaila in Indianapolis, Ind.; and five great-grandchildren in Seattle, Wash. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim; her mother and father; seven brothers; six sisters; and one granddaughter.
Per Gladys's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration and remembrance of her life will take place at the Leavitt Funeral home in Parkersburg, from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Interment will follow next to her husband and granddaughter at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.