Gladys Ellen Deskins - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Gladys Ellen Deskins

May 28, 1935 - April 16, 2023

Gladys Ellen Deskins, age 87, of Hockessin, DE, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2023.

Born in Washington, PA on May 28, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Charles L. and Phyllis E. (Fawcett) Pfau. Gladys graduated from Teacher’s College and spent 19 years educating children and working as a librarian in the Red Clay School District until her retirement in 1997.

A faithful Christian, Gladys was a devoted member of the Church of the Nazarene in Newark. She took great delight in giving back to her community as often as she could, including teaching Sunday School and volunteering at the Sunday Breakfast Mission. Gladys enjoyed meeting new people and creating new friendships. She was an active member of the National Education Association as well as the Delaware Library Association. In her spare time, she could often be found reading. Above all, Gladys loved her family and time spent with them.

In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by her brother, C. William Pfau (Vivian). She is survived by her loving husband, Grover Cleveland Deskins; stepdaughter, Andrea Everett (Dave) of New Castle; siblings, J. Fred Pfau (Erma Jean) of Huntley, IL, and Dorothy I. Jones of Montgomery, AL; 2 granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gladys’ memory to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, P.O. Box 352, Wilmington, DE 19899 or online by clicking here.


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  • I will greatly miss my Wonderful Sister! We talked often by phone and encouraged each other in our walk with the Lord.
    She had a winning smile and a positive attitude for everyone and in everything she did! Her polio handicap is now overcome as she walks in heavenly places without any imperfections! PTL

  • Gladys was such a sweet lady with such a warm smile! I’m thankful for the time I had with her!

  • My dear sister in the Lord is now enjoying the presence of Jesus. What a reason to rejoice! Knowing Gladys surely challenged one to walk a little closer to God.

  • Janice and I will miss seeing our wonderful friend and sister in the Lord until that day when we are united before our Savior.

  • Prayers for Mrs. Deskins’ family. Such a beautiful lady. May God Hold Her in the Palm of His Hand Until You Meet Again.

  • We have wonderful memories of Charlie and Gladys from serving together on the Mid-Atlantic district. They were both so supportive and loving to everyone. They both just loved the Lord and loved serving Him in ministry!

    We are praying for you Charlie that the Lord be so near during this difficult time.