On Saturday, January 13, Gladys Misner, 89, departed this life, much loved, respected, and ultimately dissatisfied with how much you were eating. A mother of four, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of three, she leaves the head seat of a large table painfully vacant. Known as Mom, Gramma, Gittel, and The Queen, Gladys made friends with everyone with whom she crossed paths, leaving lasting impressions on countless lives.
Gladys Gloria Auerbach was born August 24, 1928 in Passaic, New Jersey, the last of seven children of Hungarian Jewish immigrants. She grew up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York. She raised her family with her adoring husband Jack in Beverly, Massachusetts; Levittown, New York; and Atlanta, Georgia, where they operated several businesses, including Mi-Glad Enterprises.
A woman ahead of her time, she was the brains behind many commercial ventures and was never afraid to speak her mind. A sharp wit, she was well-known for her boundless sense of humor and generous spirit, an avid reader of both the Wall Street Journal and the National Enquirer. The party always seemed to follow Gladys, from cruise ships to casinos.
Gladys is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Misner, granddaughter Alexandra Misner, and her six older siblings. She is survived by her son Spencer and treasured daughter-in-law Judith, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; son Bruce (Sheri) of Tampa, Fla.; son Tracy (Adrienne) of Johns Creek, Ga; and daughter Serena Cohen of Los Angeles, Calif. She also leaves behind grandchildren Gavin (Fran) Misner of Salisbury, NC; Alyssa Misner of New York, NY; Drew (Ann) Misner of Brussels, Belgium; Jillian Misner of Washington, DC; Jason Misner of Portland, Ore.; Kimberly Misner of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Adam Misner of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Ethan Misner of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Jack Cohen of Los Angeles, Calif.; great-grandchildren Clara and Charlotte Misner of Salisbury, NC and Ayden Misner of Chattanooga, Tenn; and dear friends Jim and Yvonne Hammet and Marilyn Czachor. Gladys also had love and deep gratitude for the dedicated nursing staff of Regency Park Health and Rehabilitation in Dalton, Ga.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, January 16 at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel in Sandy Springs, Ga. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital.
Published on January 17, 2018