Born 8-26-1911 -- Died 10-11-2005
Glessie Alice Young was born the only child of Christopher and Blanche Purcell Highfill on Aug. 26, 1911, in rural Dallas County, Mo. She died Oct. 11, 2005, at Webco Manor in Marshfield, Mo at the age of 94 years.
She was married to Carl Young on Nov. 11, 1930, in Miller, Mo., by the Rev. Rufus Shook.
On Nov. 12, 1930, Glessie went to work with her husband. They would work together for for than 70 years at their Webster County grocery stores in Eleach, Prospect and Marshfield. After Carl's death, Glessie continued to work until declining health forced an end to her nearly 75 year old business career on Sept. 1, 2005.
She and Carl were jointly recognized by their peers as the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce's Business Owners of the Year in 1982 and recipients of the Special Merit Award for Honoring a Lifetime of Community Support in 2000. They truly loved their work as it kept them in close contact with the people they loved. Carl and Glessie believed working gave them countless opportunities to help others. Glessie also enjoyed being active in her church, St. Luke United Methodist Church, spending time with her family, friends and neighbors as well as bowling and traveling.
Survivors include her daughter, Carlene Williams and son-in-law, Bill D. Williams of Thayer, Mo.; grandson, Mark Williams and wife, Amy, of Brentwood, Tenn.; great-grandsons, Garrett and Brennen Williams; sister-in-law, Pauline Young of Marshfield; cousin, John A. Young of Palm Desert, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher and Blanche Purcell Highfill; her step-father, Walter Chandler; her husband, Carl Young; and her granddaughter, Barbara D. Williams.
The funeral service was held Oct. 15 at Fraker Funeral Home in Marshfield with the Rev. Richard McGehee officiating. Burial was in the St. Luke Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Fraker Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.