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Gladys Bertha Sorrells

Obituary for Gladys Bertha Sorrells

March 19, 1924 - September 23, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 93


A songbird of God passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Gladys Sorrells was born on March 19, 1924 in Uhland, Hays County, Texas, to Max and Anna Schiwitz. Her immediate and extended family were merchants and farmers. At the time of her birth Uhland had no electricity or running water, but her family made up for that by teaching her the value of hard work, education, and the arts. She loved music and aspired to sing opera. At 15 she entered Major Bowes Amateur Hour and won, performing for a week at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, the show being broadcast on radio across the land. She was offered a spot on their traveling show but, due to her age, her mom said no. The next year she began music studies at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio. She graduated from the University of Texas where she was active in the University Opera Company, the University Singers and the Girls Glee Club. Later, she was a teacher of voice at The University and the lead soprano of All Saints Episcopal Choir. Throughout her life she was requested to sing at weddings and on the most special of occasions.

She married Dan Sorrells of Abilene, Texas, on January 28, 1949, at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin and a few years later moved to Abilene where she remained active in the community and with music, including serving as President of the Abilene Symphony Guild. She loved to play Bridge and golf, and was the wonderful mother of two sons, Kevin and Tim, who often thought their names were the lovingly applied Shafskopf and Honyock.

The family moved to Austin in 1970, and Gladys began a new career as a property manager for the Barry Gillingwater Company. Then it was off to Albuquerque where she immersed herself in all things New Mexico, and finally semi-retirement in Uhland, where she reconnected with family and friends, was active in church and community, and doted lovingly on her granddaughters. Her cooking would make any chef take notice.

In later years she traveled with her family to Hawaii a number of times, falling in love with the magic of Ohana. One Christmas season she revisited the Majestic in San Antonio, and went on stage and sang for her family in the way she had for the world as a young lady.

Throughout her life she sang, smiled, and lit up the room wherever she went--a true classy lady in every sense of the word--and one of God's songbirds.

She was preceded by her son, Kevin; and husband, Dan.

Gladys is survived by her son, Tim; daughter-in-law, Debora; and granddaughters, Heather and Mia.

Visitation will be Friday, September 29, 2017, from 6-8:00 pm at Weed-Corley-Fish, 2620 S. Congress Avenue, Austin. A celebratory service will be Saturday, September 30, at 10:00 am St. John Church, Uhland, Texas.

Roland Borden, Ron Borden, Heather Sorrells, Mia Sorrells, Tim Sorrells, Byron Hudler, Greg Beatty, Mark Doyle, and Lynn Garonzik will serve as pallbearers.

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2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
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