Mrs. Gladys Mae Pruitt Carswell, 87, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday February 27, 2023 at her residence, after a period of declining health.

Mrs. Carswell was born July 14, 1935 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Oscar and Lois Benfield Pruitt.  She owned and operated a daycare business from her home and retired from the housekeeping department of Valdese General Hospital.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to many children in the community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Carswell, a son Ricky Carswell and two sisters, Atwood Maltba and Dorothy Cannon.

Surviving, are her son, Nicky Carswell (Shelia) ,a granddaughter Joy Carswell and great-grandchild, Nicholas Felton.  Also surviving is her sister, Pansy Isaacs of Morganton.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Icard’s Grove  Baptist Church with Rev. Eldon Hinegardner officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service at Icard’s Grove Baptist Church.

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