|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1919|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 2004|
Gladys Marie Stegall was born in Vera, Knox County, Texas to John Atlas and Sarah Montgomery Stegall. She became totally blind as a young adult soon after she married Darwin Stacy in Abilene in Feb. 2, 1947. In 1964, she attended the Texas Lions Camp School for the blind.
Gladys did not let her handicap stop her from enjoying life. She learned to ride a bicycle with the aid of her husband. They rode side by side and with Gladys holding on to the handle bar of Darwin's bike. Since Darwin was a carpenter by trade, he built their house in Bangs and made all the cabinets and counters. Everything was situated especially with a blind person in mind. Gladys knew where everything was and did her own housework -- she even did all her own cooking. She also operated a massage therapy business in her home for 19 years. Gladys was a member of the Early First Baptist Church. Her acceptance of her blindness and her positive attitude toward life was a reflection of her relationship with Christ which was very important to her.
After Darwin's death in 1985, Gladys married Norbert F. Kilsdonk in 1986. Norbert's eyesight was also impaired but he could see well enough to drive. They made many trips together visiting family and friends.
Darwin Jule Stacy (1916 - 1985)
Norbert F. Kilsdonk (1912 - 2002)
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Originally Created by: Brenda Michael
Record added: Sep 14, 2005
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