Gladys M. (Clough)'s Story
Gladys M. (Clough) Turnquist, lifelong Amesbury resident, just two months and three days short of her 103rd birthday, died peacefully at her home in Deerfield, New Hampshire, held in the love of family and friends.
Born in Amesbury, May 6, 1914, Gladys was the daughter of the late George W. and Alice A. (McCarthy) Clough and was a graduate of Amesbury High School, Class of 1932, then went on to Salem State Teacher’s College, graduating with the Class of 1937.
Gladys was a much beloved teacher, starting her teaching career in West Newbury then on to the Amesbury Elementary and Middle School System, retiring in 1975. During the 1950s she ran her own kindergarten, a first school experience for many Amesbury youngsters. To this day, she still has students who fondly remember her as their “favorite” teacher.
“Glady,” as she was known by many, was also a professional dog trainer for many years, very active with show dogs. Her passion for dogs remained with her throughout her life. She was also very actively involved with the Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury, where she sang with the church choir for over 40 years, was a Trustee of the church, served on the Diaconate, member of the social club, helped with church fairs and whatever needed to be done. She was also on the Board of Directors of the former Amesbury YMCA and officer of the former Amesbury Hospital Aide Committee. During the Second World War, she completed coursework in motor transport, helping out in Amesbury as part of Massachusetts Women’s Civilian Defense.
In the last year of her life she made her residence with her son and his family in Deerfield, New Hampshire. Although she had slowed down considerably, Glady still stayed in contact with her many dear friends.
She leaves behind her son, Bruce D. Turnquist and wife, Chris Hatfield of Deerfield; her two grandchildren, Rosemary T. Hatfield and Neal H. Turnquist; daughter-in-law, Brooke Turnquist; two great-grandchildren, Calvin and Harold Turnquist, all of New Mexico; beloved cousins, the Pearson’s of Prince Edward Island, Canada; many, many dear friends; and her trusted and devoted canine companion, Milo and feline companion, Lily.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main Street, Amesbury, followed by burial in Union Cemetery, Amesbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Main Street Congregational Church (music ministry), 145 Main Street, Amesbury, MA 01913. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.