Gladys was born to John and Stella Wall. She grew up in,up state New York. She was the 6th of 14 children. She married William Seeley Belonge Sr. they had one son, she divorced Belonge in 1941. Then married Wilbur K.Howard. She had two children William S.Belonge Jr. and Patricia I.Howard. Her and her husband Wilbur lived in Gay Georgia.