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L.K. (Clag) and Helen Gladden will close a 53-year-long chapter in their lives on August 1 when they leave Big Spring for their new home in League City, Texas. The Chapel Class of the First Baptist Church invites the community to join them for a sendoff party Friday, July 26, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church Parlor.
The Gladdens arrived in Big Spring in 1960, eager to start work and build a presence in the community. L.K. was employed by Cosden Chemical Company (now Alon) until 1985, when he took on a second career as an eighth-grade math teacher at Runnels Junior High, from which he retired in 1997. Helen was employed by the Big Spring Independent School district first as a classroom teacher and then, for the majority of her career, as Curriculum Director for BSISD, a position from which she retired in 1998. In their retirement, the Gladdens have enjoyed hosting Big Spring friends; traveling with friends from Louisiana College, where they first met; helping with church fellowships; and participating in the Midland Ballroom Dance Club.
With the ever-present Sweetie, the Gladdens will join their son, Dr. Samuel Gladden, for a new phase in their lives in League City, where Samuel serves as Associate Dean for the School of Human Sciences and Humanities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. They look forward to hosting friends in their new home and to seeing more of their Louisiana-based family. The Gladdens will always remember their years in Big Spring as among the very happiest in their lives, and they are grateful to all who have been part of their half century-plus in West Texas!
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