1040 Whitley Ave., Corcoran CA 93212   |   Phone: (559) 992-3115
||

Nov 18, 2016 | Obituaries | 0 comments

Gladys P. Elliott

Obituaries | 0 comments

Written by Jeanette Todd

Keywords:
||

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.

Related Articles

Related

Betty Ann Dawes

Betty Ann Dawes passed away in her home, at the age of 76, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday April 5, 2022. She was born to Deward and Rena Eagle on September 27, 1945 in Arkansas. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Eagle; her daughter, Shellie (Richard)...

read more

Luis Vasquez

Luis Vasquez, 68 of Visalia, California, died on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.  Luis was born to Refugio Vasquez and Della Rogriguez on September 22, 1953 in Corcoran, California. Luis grew up in Corcoran and graduated from Corcoran High...

read more

Billie Byrne

Billie Byrne passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the age of 86 with her family beside her. Billie was born to Sacramento and Mary Bloyed Bynum on February 24, 1936 in Fayetteville. Arkansas. Her family moved to Corcoran, California in 1940. Billie...

read more

Advertisement