JERSEYVILLE - Gladys Jolly, age 97, passed away at 7:36 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019 at her home in Jerseyville Estates with her son Raymond and niece Kathy Albrecht at her side.
She was born April 16, 1921 in Sikes, Louisiana, the daughter of Wylie and Eva Johnston. She had five siblings who preceded her in death, along with her parents.
She married Henry S. Jolly Jr. on April 6, 1942 in Winfield, Louisiana and together they were blessed with four children:
Jeanette (Jolly) Hyles, who preceded her in death on June 7, 1989; Jeanette had two children, a son and daughter in-law, Roger and Karen Hyles of Phoenix, Arizona and together they had four children and eight grandchildren; and a daughter and son in-law, Rachel and terrance McKenzie of Roland Oklahoma.
Henry S. Jolly III and his wife, Judy of Zwolle, Louisiana. They also had two children, Henry S. Jolly IV and his wife Tammy of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and they have three children; a daughter Kelly Jolly of Shreveport, Louisianna, and her three children and six grandchildren.
Garland Jolly, who preceded her in death on November 15, 1994 and his wife, who survives and resides in Harker Heights, Texas. Garland was blessed with a daughter and son in-law, Betsy and Daniel Hartsfield of Salem, Missouri and they their two children and six grandchildren.
Raymond Jolly and his wife Sandra of Dow. Together they were blessed with three children, Jill Ann Mercurio Johnston, who passed away on April 30, 2011; Jill had three children and would have been a grandmother to three grandchildren; a son, Anthony William Mercurio and his significant other, Angie Kadell of Grafton and Angie's four children; a daugher Heather Jolly of Jerseyville and her two children and their father, Brad Meyer of Otterville. Ray and Sandy are also blessed to call Sandy's first husband and his wife, Joseph Anthony and Lyn Mercurio of Fishcreek, Wisconsin as part of their family.
Gladys was most proud to be the center of a very dedicated military family. Her husband, Henry Jr. as well as her sons, Henry II and Garland, all retired from the Army with her son Raymond serving four years in the Army. In addition, her grandson Roger Hyles served ten years in the Army and her grandson, Henry IV, and granddaughter, Kelly, both retired from the Air Force.
She was loved by the staff at Jerseyville Estates as well as her four very special friends who resided there with her, Irene Bowman, Sissy Hansen, Ann Ducey and Joetta Million. She was loved very much by her family and many others along life's journey.
Gladys was a gifted seamstress and was still embroidering and stitching quilts at age 96!
The family would like to express their heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Jerseyville Estates and the staff of OSF Hospice for the kind and loving care they provided Gladys. Your love and kindness will never be forgotten.
They also would want to especially thank their cousins, Kathy Albrecht and Sherry Williams for helping them through a most difficult time.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Jerseyville Church of Christ where funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville.
Memorials may be given to Jerseyville Church of Christ, in care of the funeral home.