Gladys M. Reese - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Gladys M. Reese

May 7, 1935 - May 21, 2019

Gladys M. Reese, age 84, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2019, surrounded by her family. 

Born in Wilmington, DE on May 7, 1935, she was the daughter to the late Walter R. Norvell and Margaret M. (Green) Reese. Gladys made her career as a cafeteria manager in the Colonial School District for 28 years, until her retirement in 1995.

Gladys was a lifetime member and past president of the Holloway Terrace Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She also served as a past president of the Delaware School Food Service Association and New Castle County School Food Service Manager’s Association. Gladys was an active parishioner of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. 

A devoted grandmother and avid baker, most notably known for her southern pound cake, banana bread and vast variety of Christmas cookies. In her leisure time, she loved watching Turner Classic movies while enjoying her morning cup of tea.

In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Parke W. Reese, Jr. in 2015; her sister, Patricia Turner; and her brother, Walter Norvell Jr.  Mrs. Reese is survived by her children, Parke W. Reese III, Cathy Lynn “Sissy” Reese, and W. Michael Reese (Sherry); brothers, Paul, Charlie, and Clinton Norvell; sisters, Thelma Edwards and Mary Ann Ryan; grandchildren, Dayna, Parke IV, Heather, Lindsay, Kelly, Amanda and Jamie; and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE 19720.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Church at the address listed above.


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27 Condolences for Gladys M. Reese

  • Love you mom-mom always 😥

  • Love you and miss you! Everyone in heaven will be well fed for sure!

  • I will truly miss you aunt Gladys
    You won’t be in pain anymore. I love you. And miss you already.

  • Glayds you will be missed dearly, I enjoyed our many talks and laughter over ther years. Rest in Peace. God will look after you and your family.

  • Sissy and family, my deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. We will miss her at the hair salon and we all enjoyed her storys. And we cant forget her delicious goodies. She was a kind hearted lady who always thought of others. She will be dearly missed. A true angel who definitely has her wings.

  • Gladys,
    Rest In Peace you were one of the Best Mangers I had the pleasure of working for when I was at William Penn.
    I just know your Family will miss all their special meals and baking that you made for them.
    Love and Prayers to your Family.
    Donna Brooks

  • So sorry for your loss to the family.I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for strength at this time. I enjoyed working with Gladys and Sissy.

  • We are so very saddened to learn of Gladys’ passing. What a great person she was!!! Such a terrific and caring person!!! We all loved working with her in Colonial, and she will be sorely missed by all!!!

  • Awe mrs. Reese…….may you rest in peace…..May God give your family strength to carry on

  • May God bless and give all you comfort during this sad time. Beautiful memories of your mom and grandmother will always be a part of your lives. Love Marge n Mark Gott❤️

  • Tinker, Sissy & Mike I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Everyone who ever met Gladys loved Gladys. And let’s not forget all those goodies that she would bake, oh my God every time you would come to the house there was something baking. She will be missed very much by all who who had the pleasure to know her.

  • My condolences to the family. I have known miss Gladys and family since i was a kid

  • Sissy, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Love , Tina Salter

  • I worked for Gladys at William Penn. She was a great boss and a good friend. Also we had the same hairdresser. She will be missed by many. Just know she is with God.

  • Cathy sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. she was a beautiful lady I know you’re going to miss your best friend god bless your family

  • So sorry for your loss. She was a customer at rite aid and was always so sweet to everyone.

  • It was an honor and privilege to have known Gladys and to call her friend. She was one of the kindest, most giving, and caring person i have ever met. Our careers at WP coincided and on behalf of myself and all my female athletes, she helped make all of our 52 sports banquets extra special and we loved her for it! During our years at WP our lunch bunch allowed us to get to know Gladys and see how much she loved her family, her school, and her job. We all loved her and will miss her— she was one of a kind! God bless you,Gladys!

  • Prayers & Sympathy to your Family in this sad time.
    Gladys was a member of our Women’s Club for a few years.
    We will miss her.

    Eileen Matarese, Pres. Women’s Club

  • Mrs. Reese was a sweetheart and im glad I got a chance to meet her. I had big shoes to fill as I took over as the ticket seller for the William Penn football games. I watched her for many years as I stood at the gate collecting the tickets that she sold. We always had little conversations when the tickets sales would slow. She loved her family for sure. My condolences to all of her family

  • Rest in peace Mrs. Reese. May God wrap your loved ones in his out stretched arms of comfort and peace.

  • I knew Mre. Reese my whole life verry nice lady may she rest in peace

  • My deepest sympathy to the Reese family over the loss of Gladys. She was a very sweet lady and will be dearly missed by many. My Mom always talked about Gladys great baked goods. Having just lost my Mom recently I pray that my Mom and Gladys meet up in Heaven to rejoin all of their dearly departed family members. May God Bless the Reese family.

  • Gladys was the best mother-in-law and grandmother in the world. She was the most caring, kind and selfless person I have ever met. Lindsay, Kelly and I will miss you dearly.

  • Michael, sending prayers of comfort to you and your family during this time. Cherish the memories made and hold them in your heart.

  • Tink,Mike and Sissy, Sorry about your loss. I stopped and talked with Mom awhile back catching up on old times.You guys had a special person there, I am so sorry.
    Wayne Wingate

  • What a beautiful video tribute to Gladys, a wonderful woman and baker extraordinare! Thinking of Sissy and all the family. May your memories give you comfort at this difficult time. Hazel Kline, Port Richey, Florida

  • Michael ~
    So sorry for your loss. I remember your mom fondly!