She was born June 18, 1939, at Marble Hill, Mo., to Jim and Virginia Pouge Long.
Gladys worked at Columbia Sportswear in Chaffee.
Survivors include a son, Tracy Welch of Dalton, Ga.; a sister, Mary Horton of Jackson; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Welch; her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the chapel, with the Rev. Don Leggett officiating.