Gladys Everson

Obituary of Gladys Mae Everson

Gladys Mae (Stevens) Everson was reborn into Christ’s kingdom on Saturday, July 1, 2017.  Gladys was born on April 10, 1925 in Grafton, WV, the fourth child of William E. and Minne M. (Grimm) Stevens.  As a child she moved with her family to the Bellview Community, following her father’s work with the B&O Railroad and resided there the rest of her life.  After graduating from Fairmont Senior High School, she worked briefly at City National Bank (Safety Deposit Box Dept.) Westinghouse Lamp Plant (Administrative Offices), and Lipson’s Jewelry Store (Office Assistant).  With the birth of her children, she was content to be a homemaker, wife and mother, as well as an active volunteer in her church and community.

On May 19, 1952, she married her childhood neighbor, friend and love of her life, John H. Everson, Sr.  Together they celebrated life, enjoying outdoor adventures, gathering with their extended families, serving the Lord through the Highland Avenue United Methodist Church, and sharing laughter and love.

In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters: Wm. Merle & Esther Stevens; Robert “Bob” & Frances (Stevens) Williamson; Basil & Dora (Stevens) Viands; Donald & Donna Jo Stevens; and Paul & Patricia (Stevens) Wilford.  She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, David B. Rutherford Sr.

Surviving Gladys are her husband, John, and two children: Linda K. Rutherford of Cooperstown, NY and Fairmont and John H. & Brenda Everson of Fairmont.  Additionally, she is survived by six grandchildren: Amy R. Rutherford Cortez, David B. Rutherford Jr., Rose Maria (John) Headley, Kristy Dawn (Michael) McCombs, John Michael (Jessica) Clay, and Nicole D. Everson.  She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren: Andrew and Megan Headley; William and Thomas Montgomery; Michael, Joseph and Jason McCombs; and Brayden and Emily Clay.  Gladys is survived by many greatly loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and their spouses and families.

“… the force of natural love is so great that we are unable to do this without crying and grieving in our hearts… God grant me and all my loved ones and all my friends such a death-or rather such a life.”-Martin Luther

The family will receive friends at the Ford Funeral Home 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, West Virginia, 26554 on Wednesday July 5 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM and Thursday July 6, from 10-11 AM.  The funeral service will be held in the funeral home on July 6 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Micah Blanks and Pastor Jackie Mossburg Chambers officiating.  A committal service and burial will follow at the Jones Cemetery in the Bellview Community, WV.  Online condolences may be made to the family at

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