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Gladys B. Charles

Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Gladys Burlene (Babington) Charles, age 92, of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed away at Doey’s House on November 30, 2019. She was born July 7, 1927 in Appletown, Maryland to the late Frank B. and Nellie C. (Kephart) Babington. Gladys (“Dooks”) grew up with seven siblings on farms in Boonsboro, Maryland. She graduated from Boonsboro High School in 1945 and began working at the Pangborn Corporation in the Mail/Advertising Department until she married, and her first daughter was born. She then became the bookkeeper for the family businesses, Charles’ Sunoco, Boone Gas Mart and Boone Kar Kleen. She was a former longtime member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Boonsboro. She volunteered for the Brownies, Girl Scouts and Pangborn School PTA and cafeteria while staying home to raise her daughters. Gladys enjoyed bowling, since 1957, in the Ladies’ Suburban Duckpin Bowling League until her passing. She was a talented seamstress, sewing curtains for her home and clothes for her three daughters and their dolls. She enjoyed playing “500” card game with a group of women in her neighborhood for many years. Gladys took pride in her yard that was always trimmed and well-landscaped with beautiful flowers. She was a great downhome cook who was famous for her delicious roast beef. After she and her husband, Jack, retired in the 1980s, they vacationed around the country in a motorhome, enjoying winters in Florida and making lifelong friends in the Vogue Motorhome Club. She was always up for new adventures and lived a full life into her 90s.

Gladys is survived by three daughters, Vicki L. Lumm (Marty), Jill M. Spalding (Steve) and Gina K. Kauffman (Curtis), all of Hagerstown; three grandsons, Brian C. Lumm (Kristin) of Boonsboro, Michael P. Spalding (Kimmie) of Waxahachie, Texas, and Logan C. Kauffman of Hagerstown; and great-grandsons Henry A. Lumm and Michael P. Spalding, II. She is also survived by sister Evelyn Gaver and brothers Harold Babington, Kenneth Babington and Gary Babington (Patsy). Gladys was predeceased by her husband Jack M. Charles; two grandsons, Kevin M. Lumm and Steven K. Spalding, II; sister Janet Babington Stouffer, and brothers Leo Babington and Richard Babington. The family sincerely thanks the wonderful and caring staff of Hospice and Doey’s House that supported Gladys and her family during her illness and passing.

Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5 at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The family will receive friends at the funeral home before the service from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Maugansville Ruritan Club in care of “Kevin’s Fund”, P.O. Box 44, Maugansville, Maryland 21767-0044 or Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742.


Guest Book

Please know that we are going to miss Gladys very much! We always new her as a strong lady who had a wonderful sense of humor. She was the glue to the family and we always enjoyed visiting with her during family events! Rest in peace Gladys!

Dick and Della Boschert and family
Hagerstown, MD

Condolences to all of you. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Gladys was such lovely lady, wonderful wife and mother that is reflected by her three daughters. Gina, Joe really enjoyed the times he spent with both of your parents at those specials lunches and her home made Apple pies for his birthday. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you and give you comfort through these difficult times. Love, Joe and Mary Sue Hamilton

Joe Hamilton
Hagerstown, Maryland

I was so sorry to hear of your mother's illness and death. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Richard and Kandy Douglas

Richard Douglas
Hagerstown, Maryland

I am so sorry to read of your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

Robin Finfrock McCauley
Hollywood, MD

Lots of love and hugs sent from South Carolina.

Cindy Higgins
Surfside Beach, SC

My sincere condolences to you 3 ladies and your families. Your mother was such a kind person. Loved our neighborhood. May God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. May your memories also keep you strong. God bless. Cindy Luther Hutzell

Cindy Luther Hutzell
Williamsport, MD

Gladys will be missed dearly. We felt blessed to have known Gladys and Jack. They were more than neighbors, more like family. We have many fond memories of Gladys and her sense of humor. God bless

Jim Balogh
Hagerstown , MD

had the privilege of knowing her and jack for many years, great caring couple,jack always the jokester.after jack passed I always kept her driveway walkways open,she felt confined if she could not get out. will miss them both lots of memories to keep with me. thx

Earl Rager,Rose long
Hagerstown, Maryland

Gladys, such an inspiration! So cute and funny. A life well lived; full of love and laughter. Well done, thy good and faithful servant. Love from Sparkle

Cathy Chalfant
Shepherdstown , West Virginia

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