Well, I've been busy again today:
I've telephoned the Rochester General Hospital, where she was employed and they would not give me any information — just as I expected, as far as employment records are concerned.
I've called the Grace Brethren Church, but it was obviously at a time when a live person was unavailable; also, the voice mailbox was full, so I was unable to leave a message.
Upon calling the nursing home, I received a bit of information from an individual who has been employed there for 20+ years! In addition, she seems to vaguely remember Gladys Beale
! (Yes, with an "e".)
Upon correcting the spelling of her name, she informed me that Gladys Beale was admitted to the nursing facility on DEC 4, 1995 and remained there until her death on AUG 3, 1997. She further informed me that Gladys' previous address was at a Pinewood Village Apartment Complex in Parkersburg and even provided me with an apartment number.
When I questioned her if the Admission Records included any "next of kin" information (hoping to find Sally Maxwell listed), she said there was nothing like that listed. Although there was nothing listed for Sally Maxwell, she located an "S Maxwell" in the telephone directory for me at an address not far from Pinewood Village Apartments. This could indicate to me that Sally(?) chose a location of a nursing facility not far from her own, in which she could easily help look after her mother (assuming this is the correct individual).
I also telephone Leavitt Funeral Home. The person I spoke to there said she would do some looking around in the files for me, and return my phone call later today.
Well, I received a phone call from Leavitt Funeral Home later this afternoon and the very helpful lady assisting me said that Gladys E Beal (again, with no "e" at the end of her last name :-[) was buried (although the obituary said cremated) at White Haven Memorial Park
in Pittsford, NY on AUG 16, 1997. This location, of course, is in very close proximity to Rochester and Newark, where work and family would have been throughout most of her life. She also said that, before she returned my phone call, she had tried contacting Sally Maxwell at the last known telephone number she had for her, but it was disconnected.
When I contacted the burial park, I was told that she is in Section "L"; Lot 13; Unit C; Grave #2. Also, buried in the same area are her husband, Verne; and parents, Richard and Gertrude Engle. Miller Funeral Home conducted the interment for her husband, Verne, in 1974.
So NOW what?