Glada L. Shelton Bull of Marion died at home surrounded by her loving family Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, after a brief illness.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1932, in Pike County, Ky., to the late George C. and Nellie G. McGlothlin Shelton, seventh of 12 children.
Her family moved to Marion when she was in the seventh grade. She graduated in 1950 from Harding High School, where she was a member of the a cappella choir.
She then worked for the Probst Supply Company, where she met her future husband, Jack Bull, who survives in Marion. On June 30, 1957, Glada and Jack were married at Emanuel Lutheran Church by the Rev. Martin E. Hollensen. When they became empty nesters, she returned to work as the office manager and bookkeeper for the Jack Bull and Associates Agency, a position she held for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jane, in 1974, as well as six siblings.
She is survived by her sons, Joseph (Kathy Cleveland Bull) Bull of Hilliard and the Rev. Jonathan (Terry) Bull of Bellefontaine; grandchildren, Haley and Mackenzie of Hilliard and Michael and Sarah of Bellefontaine; five siblings, Clay Burns of Ft. Thomas, Ky., Kelly Shelton, Judith (Robert) Lehner and Rick (Haven) Shelton, all of Marion, and Dr. Dennis (Bette) Shelton of Harbor Springs, Mich.; and in-laws, Dorothy Shelton of Yuma, Ariz., Dr. Patricia Shelton of Melbourne, Fla., Joan Shelton of Marion, Barbara Bull Douthitt of Cincinnati and John (Jan) Bull of Danville, Ind.; 28 nieces and nephews; numerous other extended family members; and many dear friends.
Glada’s life was centered on her family and her unwavering faith. She lived, and died, with dignity, grace, strength, and love. She was a 58-year member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, and through the years its clergy, staff and congregation sustained her and provided countless outlets for her to volunteer and share her faith through a variety of its programs. She served as president of the Women of the Church, was director of Vacation Bible School, baked bread for Communion, directed weddings for Pastors Hollensen, Rave and Jones for 20 years, was a Listening Mother for the catechism program, was a member of AM2 Circle, and assisted in the Gentle Worship program. She was a proud supporter of The Ohio State University at Marion and was honored that the board room in Maynard Hall was named in her and Jack’s honor.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Emanuel Lutheran Church and one hour prior to a funeral at 11 a.m. Friday, officiated by the Rev. Mark Schuring and AIM Kevin Kehn. Burial is in the Marion Cemetery.
Glada’s family greatly appreciates the professional, gentle and thoughtful care provided by the physicians and staff of Marion General Hospital, MGH Home Health Care and MGH Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the C. Jane Bull Scholarship Fund at The Ohio State University Foundation (Fund No. 600943) and to the Glada Bull Memorial Fund at Emanuel Lutheran Church.
Express condolences at www.boydbornfuneralhome.com.