Danvers — Glo Ludlam, age 92 years, of Marblehead, died Monday at the Putnam Farm Assisted Living facility in Danvers where she had an apartment during the last year of her life. She was the wife of the late William Ludlam with whom she shared 31 years of marriage and the late Theodore H. Gilman to whom she was previously married for 19 years.
Born in Winchendon, Mass., Glo was the daughter of the late Fred and Cora (Roy) Gendron. She attended the Winchendon school system and the Swain School of Design, which is now the Art Department at University of Massachusetts.
She was an entrepreneur having a successful gift shop in her hometown moving on to become manager of Touraine’s Women Apparel store located in Salem, the largest in its chain. Later in life, she joined her husband in his furniture rep business, Ted Gilman Associates, years later changing its name to Gloria S. Gilman Associates. Years after marrying Bill, he joined her in the business which included a territory as large as all New England. They were partners in the business until she retired at 75-years-old.
Glo was an avid volunteer serving many organizations such as Meals on Wheels and America Cancer Society as well as during WWII, doing her part in the assembly of airplanes. Also, she was instrumental in helping to establish the anti-drug committee in Marblehead in the 1970s, which targeted teens in trouble. She served as president of the Bradford Court Association and Vinton Pond Association where she had her summer cottage retreat she loved dearly in West Townsend.
She loved to travel, not just to see new sites, but to meet new people and build lifelong friendships wherever she went; many of whom would visit with her and Ted, later on Bill, when they came to the U.S. She also had a tendency to gather, under her wing, young women who came into her life and considered them her “adopted daughters.” They, in turn, returned that nurturing by being great sources of comfort particularly in her golden years.
Glo loved attending classical music concerts, theatre and museums wherever she went. For many years, she participated in the Endicott College adult reading group led by her husband, Bill.
Glo was loved by many and had a “larger than life” personality often engaging people in an impromptu round of song or getting their attention with her one-of-a-kind whistles, which always brought a smile to everyone’s face.
Two sons, James S. and John Martin predeceased Glo, and she is survived by son, Richard G. Gilman and his wife, Leslie of South Orange, N.J. and daughter-in-law Sonia Gilman of Miami; and grandchildren, Jonathan, Stephanie and Jared.
ARRANGEMENTS: Glo’s funeral will be held at the Parker Funeral Home, 35 Franklin St., Lynn, on Friday, at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Temple Emanuel of Marblehead Cemetery. Please make memorial donations in Glo’s name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-www.lls.org, or The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: A Haven for Elephants-www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org. Guest book at parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.