Gladys A. (Winch) Whitney


Gladys A. (Winch) Whitney, 81, of Keene Valley, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, March 12 at CVPH, surrounded by her family. Gladys was born in Lake Placid on Sept. 18, 1937, the daughter of Forest and Alvira (Phillips) Winch. Gladys married Doug Whitney in 1957. Doug predeceased her Sept. 6, 2013.
She was proceeded by her parents as well as three brothers, Donald, Robert and Ira Winch and a sister, Mary (Clifford) Taylor, brothers and sisters-in-law, Shirleen, Bonita and Doris Winch, Yvonne Whitney, Bev, Jeannine and Gordon(Anita) DeVost and nephews Ike and Bobbie Winch.
She is survived by her five children, Wesley Whitney (Robin), Carla Whitney, Kerry Whitney, Rebecca(John) Odell and Barbara (Don) Ratliff. Her eight grandchildren, Whitney (Jimmy) Beaney, Katheryn Odell (Matt), Darcy Canabush, Derrick Ratliff, Patrick Odell (Kayla), Trevor Ratliff, Joseph Ratliff and Ryan Odell and her one and only great-granddaughter Alexa. She is also survived by two brothers, Forest Winch(Doris) and James Winch and a sister-in-law, Flora Winch and brother-in-law Timothy DeVost, as well as many nieces and nephews. Gladys was passionate about her flowers in the summer, making apple pies and giving them, to whoever would take one. She enjoyed decorating the house for Halloween seeing all the kids for many generations. She also loved her animals, Abby and Great Big. She enjoyed the deer, birds, squirrels and chipmunks and most other wild animals. She liked collecting anything depicting an owl or cardinal. The family would like to thank the Dialysis Unit, ECH Emergency Department, CVPH ICU and Keene Valley Fire and Rescue Squads for all of their wonderful care and kindness. You all went above and beyond for Gladys and she loved you all for that.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Gladys' memory to the Keene Valley Rescue Squad. There will be a graveside service in the spring.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 7521 Court Street, Elizabethtown.
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Published on March 15, 2019
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7 posts

Yvette and Stan
Mar 19, 2019
Sorry to hear you have lost your mom and grandmother. Condolences to Gladys entire family as you work your way through this loss.
Nancy Piserchia
Mar 16, 2019
Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom.
Mar 16, 2019
Mandy Miller Harrington
Mar 16, 2019
So sorry to hear the news of your mom. The Millers are thinking of you during this sad time. Love to your family. Mandy, Karen, Sid and Tracey.
Patricia Rowe Hunt
Mar 16, 2019
My condolences to the family..
Kathy& Travis Gagnon
Mar 16, 2019
Sorry to hear the passing of Gladys. Our sincere condolences to all the family! 🙏🏻❤️
Linda Paye Grayson
Mar 15, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family.