Gladys Flamer was a local centenarian and community leader. She was known to be the oldest citizen living in the City of Coatesville. When she was 103, she was still driving. Everyone knew her red and white 1979 Cadillac Coupe Deville. At 105, she was mentally sharp, could still stand and walk on her own. She died on Feb. 8. She was 105.
Flamer was active in city government, addressing Coatesville City Council with issues that concerned her. She was the Judge of Elections for Coatesville’s Fifth Ward for decades and recipient the Rebecca Lukens Award in 2010.
She had been treasurer of the Coatesville chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 40 years. The Coatesville Area Branch of the NAACP gave her its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Over the years, Flamer had worked as an LPN at the VA Medical Center and the former Embreeville Hospital. She owned a beauty shop in Coatesville for 20 years. She also worked for Lukens Steel, the Pennsylvania Railroad and even Strawbridge and Clothier at age 90.
She was also an active member of her church and a member of the Coatesville Historical Commission.
Services were held on February 15 at Hutchinson Memorial UAME Church. Wright Funeral & Cremation Services handled the arrangements.