Joyce Glaze, a former resident of Gordon, passed away on December 30 in Sugar Land, Texas. Joyce Boldon Glaze was born on December 12, 1924, on the farm that her parents, Roy and Amanda Boldon, homesteaded near Oelrichs, South Dakota. Her early school days were spent in the Chadron Public Schools, where she graduated from high school and then attended Chadron State Teacher’s College. During WWII, Joyce left college to work in a munitions factory near Denver.
When she returned to Nebraska, she began teaching in a one room school house out on the prairie. She used to talk about that first year with only five students, one of whom was taller and nearly as old as she was.
In 1947, Joyce married Orris Glaze. Orris became a brand inspector for the state of Nebraska and they lived with their three children, in several towns in the panhandle of Nebraska until finally settling in Gordon. After Orris’ death in 1965, Joyce was hired as a teacher in the Gordon Public Schools contingent upon her completing her college degree by commuting back and forth to night classes at Chadron State College.
Eventually, Joyce had the opportunity to move to Mesa, Arizona, and continue her teaching career. Along the way, she also earned her Masters in Education from Arizona State University. In 1990, she retired from teaching to spend time traveling and playing lots more duplicate bridge which she loved almost as much as teaching.
In 2012, Joyce moved to an Independent Living facility in Sugar Land, Texas, to be near her oldest daughter, Joy. She had a long life, just celebrating her 95th birthday on December 12. She is survived by her three children: Joy Magowan of Sugar Land, Texas, Linda Shadbolt of Gordon, and Cut Glaze of Livermore, Calif., and five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.