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


Last updated 12/15/2012 at 2:02pm

KB Schaller

As a singer and self-taught pianist, Gladys began her music ministry traveling the road with her brothers Lawrence, Robert and David as the Wigden Quartet from 1936 to1954. They traveled and sang in churches, held city-wide campaigns and Bible conferences throughout the United States. Gladys loved to sing and play the piano.

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...

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