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Gladys G. Howe, 97; Retired Teacher Active In Grange

Gladys G. Howe, 97; Retired Teacher Active In Grange

WESTVILLE – Gladys G. Howe, 97, a native of Cooperstown and a lifelong educator, passed away peacefully Sunday night, February 10, 2019, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Westville.
Born April 13, 1921, at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, she was a daughter of Edwin N. and Blanche O. (Palmer) Bowen of Lentsville in the Town of Middlefield.
She graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1937 at the age of 16. After spending another year at Cooperstown High School taking post graduate courses, she attended the State University College of Oneonta (now SUNY Oneonta). Upon graduation from college in 1942, she taught primary grades in the Bethlehem Center and Glenmont Elementary Schools in the Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar.
In 1961 she was initiated into the Alpha Kappa Chapter (Albany County) of the Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary women educators society, international. After her retirement in 1977 she transferred her membership to the Rho Chapter in Otsego County. She was also a member of the Otsego County Retired Teachers Association and the New York State Retired Teachers Association.
Upon retirement in 1977, Gladys returned to the family homestead in the Town of Middlefield, and joined the Red Creek Valley Grange #1583 where her parents had been charter members.

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