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Obituary for Gladys Mae Dodgen Mayfield

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Gladys Mae Dodgen Mayfield

September 28, 1938 - August 27, 2012

Gladys Mae Dodgen Mayfield, 73, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2012, surrounded by her family. She died of complications of pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia. She was born in Miami, Arizona, on September 28, 1938, to Bee Leslie and Ethel Mae Collins Dodgen. Gladys was raised in Manassa, Colorado, and graduated high school at the age of 17. She set out on a new journey, moving to live with her older brother in Washington, where she found a better job that allowed her to send money home to her struggling family. She saved her money, and went to attend Brigham Young University, where she met a handsome returned missionary, James Dean Mayfield. Jim asked her to homecoming, and there began a relationship that lasted 53 years, until her passing. Jim and Gladys were married December 18, 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple. Gladys did many things in her life, including working for Davis County as the purchasing manager for many years. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many different callings throughout her life. “Served” is an appropriate word for Gladys, as she was a stellar example of service to others. She went hungry many times in her younger years, so she always made sure that no one ever left her house hungry. Jim and Gladys served several missions, including one to the Washington, D.C., Temple and also one to Switzerland, where they worked with the young students of the LDS Institute. In December 2010 Gladys was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, and was forced to relocate to Washington, Utah, where she proceeded to make even more new friends. She never met a stranger. Everyone was immediately her friend. She is preceded in death by her father and mother; a sister, Carol; and a brother, Amos. She is survived by her husband, James; her children: Debra Bowman (Ron); Natalie Draney (Jeff); Doug Mayfield (Heidi); Sandra Winchester (Paul); Brenda Wendt (Scott); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom had a special place in her heart. She is also survived by her sisters, Helen Hawkins, Betty Miller, Dorene Regnell, and her brother, Don Dodgen. A viewing will be held at the Kaysville 17th Ward Chapel, 875 East 200 North, Kaysville, on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Friends may also call at the chapel from 9-10:30 before the funeral services. Interment will be in the Kaysville City Cemetery. Dearly loved, precious to all, she will be missed. Please send us your condolences and a memory at


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Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Kaysville 17th Ward


875 E 200 North, , Kaysville , UT,

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Time: 11:00 am -

Kaysville 17th Ward


875 E 200 North, , Kaysville , UT,

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Timeline for Gladys Mae Dodgen Mayfield

Born: September 28, 1938
Died: August 27, 2012

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Beck and Andrea Sheffield posted on 9/8/12

Dear Jim and Family,We have been thinking of Gladys all week as we've walked the halls of this lovely Washington, D.C. Temple. I have been surprised at how often her name would come to my mind. Sometimes I would hope that she was here helping me as I was struggling with all that there is to learn. We know she loved it here, and loved being with you, Jim. I have had the opportunity, several times, of telling people here "that my dear friend just died. She worked here and served when the Temple was open all night!" We would have loved to be at her funeral. We would have come if we could. Please know of our love for all of you, and may God Bless you!Love,Beck and Andrea Sheffield


Travis Pugmire posted on 9/5/12

We really enjoyed having the privilege of being Gladys and Jim's neighbors for the past 9 years in Kaysville! They were so friendly and sharing. Our kids called them Grandma and Grandpa Mayfield; our youngest daughter (4 yrs) was so sad when they moved, she so enjoyed spending time visiting them on an almost daily basis.Thanks for the memories.Love,Travis, Brenda, Kendra, Thomas, Nathan and Kayela Pugmire


Diana Coleman posted on 9/5/12

So very sorry to hear about Gladys' passing. We thought you had decided to stay in Kaysville and have been away on a 6 month mission to Denver. Our daughter, Kelly saw this online (she lives in Brazil ) and brought it to our attention. Gladys was a sweet, caring neighbor. We were pleased when you all visited us in Hurricane. She will be missed by all who knew her.Diana & Harold Coleman


Eric Wendt posted on 9/5/12

Like this flower grandma was sweet beautiful and full f life. She will be dearly missed. If you need any help let Us know Love Eric, Amy, Savanah, and Lindsey.


Thelda Evans posted on 9/4/12

Dear Jim and Family, May thoughts and prayers have been with you. We will all miss Gladys, she is a lovely daughter of God who has a pure heart and always followed the path of righeousness. She took the resonsibility of following the Lord's way seriously and gave service to all who knew her. She had a way to make everyone feel at home and cared about. I feel so honored to be a part of the same family, more like a sister than sister-in-law. I think of the many hours of genealogy and temple work Jim and Gladys did together for those who are there to greet her and rejoice with the work that has been done for them. She has left a legacy and an example of integrity that we may embrace and follow so we can be with her again. I love her dearly and all of you who are her loved ones. How grateful and blessed we are that we can be a forever family. I send my love to all, Thelda Evans


NaDene Archibald posted on 9/3/12

Your wife and mother was a very special woman who made everyone around her feel good about themselves. She had many talents and skills and was always willing to share them with others in need. She was such a sweet and happy person and I am so glad I got to be acquainted with her. May you remember all the fun, good times you had together and may you be blessed with the knowledge the Gospel brings. With sympathy, NaDene


Larin Dodgen posted on 9/3/12

It has been many years since I stepped foot in uncle Jim's and aunt Gladys's home, but every time I visited I always felt the spirit in their home. It is a very welcoming home. Aunt Gladys was always so kind to us, even when we were young and rambunctious. I will always remember her inviting spirit.