Gladola Todd-Driftmyer

March 23, 1929 ‒ September 18, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Gladola Todd-Driftmyer, age 91, of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  She was born on March 23, 1929 in Nancy, Kentucky to the late Thomas W. and Grace B. (Rogers) Todd.

Gladola was raised on a farm with ten brothers and sisters in the Lake Cumberland area of southern Kentucky.  She was the valedictorian of her senior class.  Gladola and Clarence Driftmyer started dating while attending God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Gladola’s adult life started in ernest when she and Clarence Driftmyer were married in 1955.  They spent the next 45 years in passionate service to people through ministry at the Church of the Nazarene congregations.  During those many years of ministry, Gladola was known as a charming and devoted friend to everyone she met.  She was always looking for way to help others and the church family which she deeply loved.  Outside of church, one of her great passions of life was flowers.  She was active member of flower clubs and won many flower arrangement awards over the years.  Gladola had extensive flower beds around her retirement home which was one of the great joys of her retirement years.  Gladola will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her sons, Paul (Pamela) Driftmyer, Mark Driftmyer; sisters, Freda Kenny, Lois Baumgardner; numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Gladola is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; brothers, Omer, Paul, John, Edgar and Thomas Todd; and sisters, Gladys Hines and Marie Mason.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 11-12 pm with a funeral service starting at 12 pm, at Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene; 16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 with Pastor Scott Sharpes and Pastor Bob Morrison officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons Bible International.

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  • I wanted to say what a special lady Gladola was. She was a faithful servant of God and she was always happy when I would see her at church. i cannot believe how dedicated she was even driving herself to church at her advanced age. She was always cheerful and thankful. I hope that someday someone will be able to say that about me.

    I am praying God’s special touch on her family. While we know our days are numbered it is never easy to lose someone we love. Praying for His presence with her family and friends.
    Karen Bush

  • I remember what encouraging supporters Gladiola and Clarence were when I was teaching the Agape Sunday School class. Gladola was always cheerful. I am especially grateful for the numerous times they visited Nota when she was in the nursing home. Gladola sent cards regularly. She had beautiful hand-writing. A wonderful servant of the Lord has gone home.

  • To Mark and Family – My sympathy to you and your family – May the Lord Bless you and comfort you in this time.