|Birth: ||May 28, 1882|
Lytham Saint Annes
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1968|
Celebrated Trance Medium.
Gladys Osborne was born on May 28, 1882, at Lythom, on the coast of Lancaster, in England. She was the eldest of four children born of Isabel and William Osborne. Her father was a wealthy yachting entrepreneur, and for the first part of Gladys' life, money was no problem.
As often happens with many natural mediums, Mrs. Leonard exhibited early signs of her sensitive nature. She did not look upon these visions as anything abnormal. However, an inner sense guided her to keep silent about them, until one morning, at breakfast, she said to her father, "Isn't that a specially beautiful place we are seeing this morning?" Inasmuch as her father did not understand these visions, from that time forward she was forbidden to look upon these "happy valleys."
As Mrs. Leonard approached adolescence, she experienced great changes in her life. Her family underwent great financial loss and, from then on, she had to manage for herself. She trained her already lovely voice and then did some work in opera and theatrical companies, singing and dancing in various leads and comedy parts. During this part of her life, while she was singing at a local Spiritualist church, a medium told her that her guides were preparing her for a "great spiritual work." She accepted the message, albeit not knowing quite what to do with it.
Gladys met an actor named Frederick Leonard, who later became her devoted husband and lifelong friend. From this point forward, her life as a medium took some definite directions.
Although Mrs. Leonard knew nothing of her guides, she had an inner compulsion to investigate the philosophies of Spiritualism and psychic research. She knew that the only way this could be done with dedication and responsibility was for her and her husband to remain in the London area. So, despite better offers elsewhere, they decided to accept the low-paying theatrical jobs in London. It was very difficult for the Leonards to make ends meet, but they knew that there was a greater plan in store for them and they would cope with the current situation, as best they could, until this plan became revealed.
Mrs. Leonard was one of the most thoroughly investigated mediums of the twentieth century. For more than fifty years she gave remarkable evidence of personal survival to countless sitters. Perhaps the most significant in her life was a series of sittings she gave to Sir Oliver Lodge, the renowned physicist. In 1915, he and Lady Lodge visited Mrs. Leonard, anonymously at first. With the information given by Feda, they were convinced that they were communicating with their son Raymond, who had recently been killed in the war. Sir Oliver was not one to accept mediumistic utterances blindly, and he put Mrs. Leonard through a severe series of tests. But the evidence kept coming forth, and it became impossible to deny the obvious: Raymond lived on. Sir Oliver Lodge's book, Raymond, or Life After Death, is an examination of his search for survival evidence.
On March 10, 1968, at the age of 85, during her sleep, Mrs. Gladys Osborne Leonard quietly passed out of the body, in order to continue her work on that higher realm of Spirit.
Specifically: Location of Burial is Unknown
Created by: Charles Filius
Record added: Nov 18, 2013
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