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 Gladys Martha Jane <I>Scofield</I> Nelson

Gladys Martha Jane Scofield Nelson

Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 17 Feb 2000 (aged 80)
Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Burial Winslow, Pike County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 7111452 · View Source
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My Beautiful, Warm & Loving Grandmother

Gladys "Martha Jane" Nelson was my grandmother, she was named after her grandmother Martha Jane Callahan Mosier, but after her mother's death, her father allowed some other people in Noblesville to help him raise my grandmother until he could get on his feet and they gave her the name Gladys which stuck with her through out her life. (Their names were Anon Teeters & his wife, Maude M. Love Taylor-Teeters). She also named her own daughter after her grandmother.

I was blessed being able to spend weekends, spring and summer vacation with my grandparents. Mommom would take me out to pick berries, to auctions, to the lake and we would fish and swim, and we also went to garage sales. I helped her do the canning and clean the house, but nothing was ever a chore, it was spending precious time with my grandmother. I loved her more than anyone in the entire world.

My Grandmother lived in Otwell (Pike County) Indiana and had since 1974 when her and her husband, Joe Bethel Nelson retired to the homestead where Joe was born, this homestead had been in the Nelson family since 1847. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 9, 1919, the daughter of Guy Arthur Scofield and Dollie Sweet Mosier. Before they moved to the homestead, Gladys and Joe lived in Westfield, Indiana in a house that was located on Ditch Road. They had horses there as well, and I rode for hours and hours there.

She was three times married. She married 1st on July 22, 1935 in Holton, Ripley Co, IN to Leonard Lee Goodwin, she married 2nd to Edward Howard, she married 3rd to Joe Bethel Nelson on September 19, 1946 in Indianapolis, Marion County, IN.

Gladys went to Hollywood, Florida to help her son Sam with his wife, Kathy (her daughter-in-law), and granddaughter, Jenna. Kathy was dying of brain and lung cancer. Kathleen Joy Krysiak Nelson died on December 20, 1999, while my grandmother was there. My grandmother stayed on to help Sam with the care of Jenna so that Sam could continue to work.

On February 17th at 1:30 a.m. after a bout with lung cancer, my grandmother died at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida. She went to the hospital to have her esophagus stretched because she was having trouble swallowing, and they busted through the wall of her lungs, spreading the cancer even further. Although it was an accident, it was their fault that she died that day.

Gladys was survived by four children: Leonard Eugene Goodwin, Cheryl Lee "Sherry" Nelson Satterfield of Otwell, Samuel Joe Nelson of Hollywood, Florida, and Marte Nelson-Daves of Winslow; nine grandchildren: Robert Eugene Goodwin of Greenwood, Indiana, Teresa Lynn Goodwin-Skaggs of Indianapolis, Indiana, Debbie Kay Goodwin-George of Auburndale, Florida, Heather Elaine Nelson of South Bend, Indiana, John Jacob Cloe of Winslow, Indiana, Zachary Allen Lively of Evansville, Indiana, Desire' Leigh Daves of Winslow, Indiana, Thomas Lee Daves of Winslow, Indiana, and Jenna Patricia Nelson of Hollywood, Florida; nine great-grandchildren: Jason Robert White of Indianapolis, Indiana, Daniel Eugene Goodwin of Indianapolis, Indiana, Samantha Nicole White of Indianapolis, Indiana, Robert Eugene Goodwin II of Greenwood, Indiana, Joshua Stephen Goodwin of Greenwood, Indiana, Benjamin Leonard Goodwin of Greenwood, Indiana, Matthew Thaddeus Goodwin of Greenwood, Indiana and John Leonard Goodwin-George of Auburndale, Florida. Two brothers, Delphord Frances Scofield and Guy Arthur Scofield Jr. and two sisters, Elsie P. Oren & Lillian Oren preceded her in death.

My grandmother's funeral service was held in Winslow at Curtis Funeral Home and she was laid to rest in Sunset Cemetery in Winslow, next to her husband Joe Bethel Nelson.


Precious is your memory,
It hurts to hear your name;
I've grown to realize daily,
my life won't be the same.

Although I know in heaven,
there is no pain or grief.
My heart it just can't grasp it,
It hurts beyond belief.

But as I look to heaven,
beyond the clouds and sky,
I know to wipe away the tears,
because this is not goodbye.


When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see.
If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we never got to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you..
And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too..
But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand..
An angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
It seemed my place was ready - In Heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind, those things I dearly love..

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye.
For all of life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you..
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad..
I thought of all the love we shared, and how much fun we had..
If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I'd say goodbye, then kiss you ‘til I saw that special smile..

But then I fully realized, that it could never be,
'Cause emptiness and memories, would take the place of me.
And when I thought of all those things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. .
But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, From his great & golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you.
Today your life on Earth is past, but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day is the same day, there's no longing for the past. .
But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true,
Though there were some times you did some things you shouldn't do. .

But you have been forgiven, and now at last you're free,
So come and take me by the hand, and share my life with me.."
So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'll be right there - in your Heart..

By David Romano


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