Gladys Wigden, First Lady in ministry to the Florida Seminoles, walks on at 95

She was a familiar figure on the Florida Seminole Indian Reservations for 35 years, and along with her missionary friend, H. Pepper Harris, served as teacher, mentor, and evangelist.

The only girl among five brothers, Gladys Adele Wigden was born to Jehiel and May Bryant Wigden on April 5, 1917 in Naples, New York. Several other momentous events heralded the arrival of this unique woman whose life would spiritually impact many; and as if prophetic, one had to do with Native Americans.

Gladys was born under President Woodrow Wilson’s administration. The United States entered World War I that ye...