Liner, Gladine passed peacefully from life on May 3, 2021 in Norman, Oklahoma, where she spent her last seven years near family.
Gladine was born on April 12, 1922, in rural Missouri to a sharecropping family with eight siblings. While attending college in Springfield, MO, she met her future husband, Benice Liner, with whom she shared over 50 years of marriage. At the age of 18, Gladine received her first teaching assignment—a one-room schoolhouse. She continued her education and arrived in Mehlville School District in the early 1950’s. At Mehlville she became the first elementary counselor, later becoming Director of the Early Childhood Center. Gladine will be remembered for her contributions as a pioneer in preschool screening and as the co-facilitator of Mehlville’s “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten” program. This program led to the development of “Parents as Teachers” and then evolved to programs both state and nationwide. To honor Gladine, the Mehlville Board of Education named the drive leading to Mehlville’s Early Childhood Center “Gladine Liner Way.” Gladine so enjoyed her time with friends in the bridge club and book club. They meant so much to her, and those special friends kept her young at heart. Her long-time friend, Rosemary, held a very special place in her heart, as Gladine thought of Rosemary as a daughter. Gladine was preceded in death by her husband, Benice. She is survived by her brother Bob, and sister-in-law Barbara, of St Louis, two sons and their wives, Ben (Peggy) of Tierra Verde, FL and Jim (Susan) of Oklahoma City, OK, 5 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Place and time of service will be announced later.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to any of the following: Folds of Honor, Wounded Warrior Project, or Tunnels to Towers Foundation.