Obituary for Grace Kathryn Maxwell Glidewell

Grace Kathryn Maxwell Glidewell, age 95 formerly of Blacksburg and Vienna, Virginia passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Commonwealth Senior Living Facility.  Born December 21, 1922 in Milan, Missouri she was the daughter of the late Raymond Charles Maxwell & Mary Wineva McGinty Maxwell.  Her husband, John Ellsworth Glidewell, the love of her life, also preceded her in death, as did her much-loved brother Raymond Maxwell.

Grace was a kind, caring, and gentle lady, a loyal and supportive friend, and a wonderful mother.  She also had many creative interests.  She loved and taught ceramics, she was an incredible seamstress, and an accomplished award-winning photographer.   She was also known for her unselfish support and encouragement of others in their individual pursuits. She will be a bright spot in our memories.


Her daughter, Linda Glidewell and her husband, James Jankowski of Pulaski, Virginia; step-grandchildren Lisa Jankowski, Chris Jankowski, Alexa Williams and their families; sister-in-law Joanne Maxwell of California and nieces Sandi Martinez and Lori Elia and their families survive her.

We wish to thank all those who cared for her especially Dr. Christine Jordan, the nurses and doctors at Lewis Gale Hospital Pulaski, Pulaski Health and Rehab, and the staff at Commonwealth Senior Living.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Good Samaritan Hospice.

Graveside funeral services will be held 1:00 PM – Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the Fairfax Memorial Park Cemetery, Fairfax, VA.

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Bower Funeral Homes, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.