Obituary of Gladys M. Beals
Gladys May (Moreau) Beals, age 101, a lifelong resident of Carver, died peacefully on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at her home. Born to a French speaking father and a Micmac mother both from Canada, Gladys May Moreau arrived in this world on May 28, 1919. Gladys loved school and played the violin her Daddy bought for her. Gladys' father, Joseph Moreau was a mechanic and Gladys helped her Dad by pumping gas and keeping the books for his garage in front of their home. She learned to drive and got her license in 1935. Gladys married Leo Caron after graduating from high school. Gladys never moved from Carver except for a short exception of time spent during WWII in Maryland with Leo, who worked in the shipyards during the war. Leo and Gladys welcomed their one daughter, Jean Mary in 1937, and together designed and built their only home next door to Gladys' parents in 1946. They installed electricity and hot running water which was something Gladys' parents did not have in their home. Leo and Gladys owned and operated a candy and fudge shop out on Route 28 and Jean worked in the small store in front of their home. They also ran Caron’s Antiques in the old garage. Leo and Gladys traveled to Button shows and entertained many local antique dealers in their home. Gladys' daughter, Jean and her husband Bob provided Gladys and Leo their only grandchild, Wendy in 1965. Leo passed away in 1969. Gladys was employed at Winthrop Atkins in Middleborough, making calendars for 26 years. Gladys remarried to a high school friend, named Robert Beals in 1976, and they enjoyed a pleasant retirement together. Robert and Gladys did wonderful things in the community as lay leaders for their church, the United Parish of Carver where Gladys was a lifelong member. Gladys was the organist for several years. Robert and Gladys were involved in several Fire Truck Organizations. After Robert passed away in 1992, Gladys also lost her daughter, Jean in 2004. Gladys helped provide care for Jean’s husband Bob who passed away in 2006. Gladys continued up until 2017 (at age 98) to volunteer at the Middleborough Historical Society as a secretary and to provide Tom Thumb Museum tours for school children. Gladys was a frequent visitor to the Carver COA. Over the years, Gladys has helped countless friends in need of comfort through letters and nursing home visits. She was always smiling and had hugs for everyone. Gladys, at 101 years young, will remain an exceptional human being. All are welcome to the visiting hours at the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak Street, Middleborough, on Monday, November 9, 2020, from 4:00-7:00 PM. Due to the pandemic, a facial mask and social distance rules must be followed at all times. Funeral and interment services will be private. A Memorial Service will be held at the United Parish of Carver, 115 Main Street, Route 58, Carver, on May 28, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the "Friends of the Carver COA", Carver Council on Aging, 48 Lakeview Street, P.O. Box 618, South Carver, MA 02366.