Gladys M. Dick
September 26th, 1930 - December 2, 2014
Gladys Marion (Gibson) Dick, 84, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, December 2nd, at Central Maine Medical Center. Born in Lewiston on September 26th, 1930, she was the daughter of William John Gibson Sr. and Naomi (Phelps) Gibson, and was a life long resident of Lewiston. Gladys attended Wallace Elementary, Jordan Junior High School and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1948.
Her early educational experiences had a deep impact on forming a sound moral compass. She was an active member of the United Baptist Church in Lewiston. One recently shared story of note was that during the 1940 Presidential election she and a schoolmate stood on the steps of Wallace School, debating the merits of their candidate of choice. During her lifetime Gladys was a devoted Democrat and continued to debate a number of social and political topics with family and friends.
As a student at LHS she was on the Folio business staff, participated in girl’s softball, choral group, modern dance and received awards for shorthand and typing, while completing her studies in the Commercial Course.
On January 14th, 1949 Gladys married Donald Norman Dick also of Lewiston. They shared their life together for fifty-six years raising a son, Michael Donald “Scott” Dick, and daughter Cynthia Alleen Gibson-Draper, who is married to Michael Draper of Seattle, WA.
Travel was an experience Donnie and Gladys shared with family and friends with trips to Disney World, the Bronx Zoo and a number of regional theme parks and museums. A two-week trip to Hawaii in 1979 was a highlight. In later years they traveled with their friends Butch and Ginger Bouchard on numerous trips with local senior groups to Florida, Branson Missouri, Quebec, the Maritime Provinces, and various New England sites.
Music played an important role in their life together. Born on the cusp of the swing era Donnie and Gladys developed their dance rhythm with big band and classic pop tunes. At family functions and gatherings they were often one of the first couples out on the floor, “cutting the rug”. Throughout their life they accumulated a vast collection of albums; with the aforementioned genres bolstered with jazz and 50’s vocalists. The collection was eventually donated to the Heritage Radio Society in Yarmouth. They also enjoyed season tickets to the Maine State Music Theater for many years.
In her professional life Gladys was a driving force, employed by Knapp Aerotred Company for 40 years. Gladys held various positions, rising to Office Manager overseeing production management, payroll and inventory. A founding member of Great Falls (formerly Aerotred) Credit Union, she held the position of Treasurer. Ambitious, responsible and dedicated can best describe her attributes while at Knapp. The company also provided a vibrant social scene during its heyday with talent shows and many holiday pageants held at the Lewiston Armory with attendance at full capacity.
Gladys could best be described as a dynamo. “Gibby” as she was known amongst her many friends was a constant source of energy, caring and assistance for all those in her circle. Together with her husband Donnie they hosted Thanksgiving dinner for over 25 years in their Weybosset Street home. The entire Gibson “clan” was on the mandatory invite list with family friends always encouraged to attend. Woe unto thee should they be absent from the festivities!
Homemaking activities were a source of both personal industry and pride with sewing, knitting, quilting and needlepoint of exceptional craftsmanship. Cooking was another focus for her talents where she offered up solid family fare with specialties including everything from decorative cakes, meatballs and kielbasa to her family-famous peanut butter cups and whoopee pies.
As is the custom during these passings, many treasured memories have been shared. Summers on Thompson Lake with the Neal and Bouchard families are especially fond. Scott and Cindy formed many friendships and enjoyed morning water skiing with dad at the helm and mom at the camp preparing home fries and other breakfast fare.
In later years with the arrival of granddaughter Jennifer Jean (Dick) Earle and her children, Tyler David Babb and Alexis Michelle Bolduc, the summertime focus shifted to the family pool on Weybosset Street. Backyard activities ranged from traditional lawn games, to near riotous pool antics, to the best kiddies spa any seven-year-old could imagine. Labor day was always designated as Lobster Day.
In addition to her daughter and son-in-law Gladys is survived by her sister Helen Gagne, in-laws Janet Gibson, Lily & Gerry Castonguay, Terry & Jace Trickey, Steve & Claire Dick, granddaughter Jennifer Earle, great grandchildren Tyler Babb and Alexis Bolduc, and many loved nieces and nephews.