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Gladys Virginia Yardley

Gladys Virginia Yardley, 94, passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014 of a brief illness. Born in Bristol, Virginia, to Robert and Mamie Hurley, Gladys, known simply as “Grandma” to many, was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Yardley.

Gladys was a retired career employee of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, having served for 24 years in the federal government. Prior to her years of service to the VA, she, Jesse and the children spent many years serving as a military family and in many posts, including Europe, Hawaii and several in the United States.

Gladys is survived by her children, Sue White and husband Bobby, of Bristol, Virginia, Randy and wife Beth Woody, of Greensboro, Jeff and wife Jean, of Raleigh, and Julie Wingerter and husband Doug, of Raleigh; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Carl Hurley, of Raleigh, and last surviving Hurley child of the original nine; many nieces and nephews, and two very special nieces, Terry and Ann.

She was a long-standing member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and a devoted fan of the UNC Tarheels. She was a woman of immense courage and stoic when faced with life’s challenges. She always delivered a kind and patient word about anything or anyone. Her humor was ever present and a delight to all, and she never met a stranger.

A graveside service will be held 11 A.M. on Tuesday at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens in Raleigh.

The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the love, support and care given to our mother by the Staff of Duke Regional and Duke University Hospitals, Hillcrest Convalescent Center, the Native American Angels and many neighbors and those caring for her in her home.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for contributions to be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eight Ave., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10001 or to the charity of one’s choosing.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at