Gladys M. Borton, 100

Gladys M. Borton, age 100, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020 in Fulton Manor, Wauseon, Ohio.  She was born February 08, 1920 on a farm east of Burlington, Ohio to the late Menno Simon and Edna Elizabeth (Leu) Rupp.  When Gladys was six the family moved to Tedrow where she attended elementary school and graduated from Pettisville High School in 1937.  On June 22, 1941 she married James Borton and moved to the Borton Family Farm in Chesterfield Township.  She became a farm wife and tended the yard, the chickens and her big garden.  Gladys worked outside the home for a number of years at the family owned Tedrow Poultry Dressing Plant and for five seasons at Figy’s Poultry Dressing Plant, Tedrow, Ohio.

Gladys was a member of Tedrow United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, Bible School and served as the church treasurer for over thirty years.  She helped with many dinners, ice cream socials, and activities at the church.  She was responsible for the chicken sandwiches at the annual church ice cream social.  The Borton’s enjoyed many trips and vacations to Tennessee, West Virginia, and Hocking Hills, Ohio.  They were happy times for the entire family filled with special memories.

Due to failing health, Gladys and Jim moved to Fulton Suites, Wauseon in January 2013.

Survivors include, her three children,  Dr. Ronald J. (Janet) Borton, Wooster, Ohio,  Juanita Gunn, Ida, Michigan,  Dr. Dennis L. (Pat) Borton, Roxboro, North Carolina.  10  grandchildren.  33 great-grandchildren.  1 great-great grandchild.  Numerous nieces and nephews.

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 72 years, Jim, in May 2012, three brothers,  Orville W. (Doris) Rupp, Robert W. (Doris) Rupp, and Donald J. Rupp who passed away in infancy.  Son-in-law, Richard Gunn and a grandson, Samuel Borton.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic responsibility restrictions,  Graveside funeral services and interment will be private.  Pastor Kevin Cochran will officiate.  Interment will be in Tedrow Cemetery.  Public memorial service and celebration of Gladys’ life will be planned at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Tedrow United Methodist Church or Fulton Suites. Online condolences may be given at:,

Funeral arrangements entrusted to:  Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon, Ohio.

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