Obituary For Gladys M. Abbott
From TOPS Magazine, April 1990: “Gladys M. Abbott passed away March 6, 1990, in Upland, California, following a lingering illness. She was born in Colon, Michigan, February 25, 1907, the daughter of William and Luella (VanVorst) Goodrich. A graduate of Colon High School, she received her teaching certificate from Western Michigan College.
On August 11, 1929 she was married to Percy Abbott (who preceded her in death in 1960). She and Percy had toured the Midwest for several years, performing magic shows, until their family started, at which time they settled back in Colon.
They continued performing and during this time the Abbott Magic Company was created; in which Gladys played an active role for many years.
In addition, she was a pianist and then organist for the Colon Methodist Church for many years. After Percy’s death, she moved to California, but her heart always remained in Colon. She was preceded in death by her son Jules and is survived by her daughters; Mrs. Virgil (Marilyn) Richards of Kalamazoo, MI., Mrs. Paul (Linda) Huff of Upland, CA., and son Sydney J. Abbott of Lawton, OK. In addition there are seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several cousins, including Dorothy Woldring and Glenn Whitehead of Colon. In accordance with Gladys’ wishes, cremation has taken place. The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society (or the charity of your choice). — Marilyn Abbott Richards.