Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 14 for longtime civic activist Gladys P. Elliott, who died Sunday, Nov. 6. She was 99.
A native of Richmond, California, she was raised in Louisiana. She came back to California and settled in the Los Angeles area after graduating from high school. She met and married her husband there and spent time volunteering at a county hospital and a children’s hospital.
Due to health issues, her doctor recommended she move “somewhere hot,” which resulted in her family resettling in Corcoran. That was 1972, and it was not long before Gladys began to make her voice heard in local political circles.
She was approached by a representative from the Kings County board of supervisors and asked to engineer a clean-up of the county fringe area in which the family lived. She took on that task and then tirelessly lobbied to bring city services—water and sewer—to the neighborhood, located in the area of Nice and 6 ½ avenues.
She was recognized as Corcoran’s woman of the year in 1978.
Mrs. Elliott also was named grand marshal of the Kings County Homecoming. She lobbied for Corcoran to receive an Amtrak train stop to help its neediest residents and traveled to Washington, D. C., to speak on behalf of her community.
Gladys would have celebrated her 100th birthday in March.
Her services will be held at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier beginning at 11 a.m.