Gladys Richardson Mitchem, was born on June 23, 1929, to the late Ovel Manning and Elizabeth Richardson Manning in Sumter. She departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Gladys was raised in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She received her formal education in the public schools of Sumter County. She migrated to Brooklyn, New York, in the early 1950s. In 1953, she was united in marriage to Rufus (Buster) Mitchem. Sadly to say in 1955 Buster departed this life.

While still residing in New York, Gladys worked as a domestic engineer for approximately 30 years. Then for approximately 15 years, she ran a children's day care in her home. Gladys received numerous certificates and awards for her dedicated service in caring for children through Graham Windham Agency.

In 2001, Gladys relocated back to Sumter. She reunited with Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She became a member of the ushers board where she served faithfully. She was a dedicated member of the United Methodist Women. Gladys was also an active and committed member of the Auxiliary VFW 10813.

While living at S.P. Holladay Manor, Gladys worked as a domestic engineer for approximately eight years.

Gladys leaves to cherish her memories: a devoted and loving son, Dan (Janice) Richardson of Brooklyn; three grandsons, Dan C. and Melvin, both of Brooklyn, and Dorain (Theresa) of Chase City, Virginia; a great-grandson, Denzel Holcom; a brother, Willie Manning of Queens, New York; a niece, Dr. Dawn Williams of Atlanta; two nephews, Judge Daryl Manning of Tampa, Florida, and James Manning; and two great-nieces, Danielle and Dana, and one great-nephew, Robert (Trey) Williams.

Public viewing will be held today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Job's Mortuary.

Ms. Mitchem will be placed in the church on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 130 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, with Pastor Gwendolyn White, officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Sumter.

Family will be receiving friends at 325 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29150

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

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