Nita Gay Hughes Gladstone


Mrs. Nita Gay Hughes Gladstone passed away Oct. 30, 2020, at home with her daughter and husband by her side after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Lynchburg, Va., on March 7, 1942, a daughter of the late Juanita and Gaither Hughes. Nita Gay grew up in Danville, Va. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C. She was also a member of the Daylily Garden Club, Hope Valley Country Club, and Hollow Rock Racket and Swim Club. Nita Gay graduated from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., with a BA degree and English major. She also received a BS Interior Design degree from Meredith College. She was the owner of Custom Interiors, an interior design company. Bridge, tennis, and reading were some of her favorite things and she was a member of local bridge, tennis, and book clubs. Nita Gay married Donald Roberts Gladstone on Sept. 12, 1964, and they had two daughters, Deborah Roberts and Julia Hughes Gladstone.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Roberts Gladstone; her daughter, Julia Gladstone Serrato, and her husband, Jaime Luis Serrato; her twin grandsons, Caden Gladstone Serrato and Tyler James Serrato; her granddaughter, Haley Alexis Serrato; Nita Gay’s sister, Sarah Ford Bryson, and her two sons, William Holmes Bryson IV and Matthew Marshall Bryson; and her sister-in-law, Carolyn Joanne Vaden, and her husband, Julian.

Nita Gay was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Roberts Gladstone.

A graveside service will be conducted Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at 11 a.m., at Belle Haven Cemetery with the Rev. Mikang Kim officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at 5171 Glenwood Ave #101, Raleigh, NC 27612.

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Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore.
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