Glada T. Crocker
May 14, 1908 – January 14, 2018
Glada T. Crocker, a Grimes County native who grew up in and lived her last 23 years in Bryan, died Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the age of 109. Mrs. Crocker’s life spanned 20 presidents, six wars, and the Great Depression. She attributed her longevity to chocolate and curiosity.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Callaway Jones Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, at the funeral home.
The daughter of Philip K. and Edith Owen Trant, Mrs. Crocker was the widow of Alfred Crocker, Texas A&M ’30, a long-time Jefferson County agricultural agent. Except for WWII, they lived in Beaumont from 1939 to 1966.
Glada joined Alfred, an Army captain, at postings in Mississippi and California and worked at Bryan Airfield while he served in the Mediterranean theaters. While stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco, they hosted an American delegate to the San Francisco Conference which established the United Nations. Before their marriage in 1930, Mrs. Crocker worked as a teletype operator, a secretary at A&M and in the Bryan law office of F. Law Henderson. In Beaumont, she worked for the McCormick family’s San Jacinto Glass Company, retiring as manager of the auto glass section.
After retirement, the Crockers moved to Kerrville, TX, where they operated an antique business and Glada became an avid antique doll collector. Alfred died in 1990 and Glada returned to Bryan. She was saddened by the subsequent passing of her brothers, Blocker B. and Robert Charles Trant.
Mrs. Crocker was active in her retirement. She made over 60 Afghans for family and friends, 37 lap blankets for the wheelchair bound, and over 1,000 orthopedic neck pillows. She bought, restored, and donated the antique doll house in the children’s section of Bryan Library. She represented Bryan seniors in half-time activities of a Harlem Globe Trotters show and spoke on the issues of aging at TAMU. An avid Aggie, Mrs. Crocker kept up her membership in the Century Club. At age 100, the Association of Former Students declared her an honorary Aggie and the Bryan City Counsel declared May 14, 2008, Glada T. Crocker Day.
During recent years Mrs. Crocker was befriended by many, including Aggies Dr. Michelle Chin and Alexis Jones Ricks and Bryan residents, Betty Garrett, Donna Huckabee, Jimmy and Vicky Brown, Chaplain Gary Adams and wife, Jean and the staff at Crestview. Her family is deeply appreciative their many kindnesses.
Mrs. Crocker is survived by her son, Mark Crocker and wife, Jane; grandchildren, Alfred P. Crocker, Cecile McCarron, and Evie Crocker; and great-grandsons, Trent and Kevin; nieces, Janet Trant, Gregorie Trant; and grandniece, Ashton Bouline.