Gladys Widdess died at age 97 earlier this week.  Gladys led the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah (Gay Head) for many years, including the crucial period which led to its Federal recognition, and she was a deeply respected person with many talents and achievements.  A full obituary is in today’s Gazetteand, due to publishing deadlines, a brief one is in the current MV Times.  June Manning’s column in today’s Gazette includes a wonderful tribute to Gladys.

Gladys Widdis

We extend our condolences to her children, Donald, Carl and Dawn and all of her family.

The family will be receiving visitors at Gladys’ home located at 1 Howwassee Way in Aquinnah on Saturday, June 16 from 1 pm until Sunday, June 17 at 10 am. Her graveside service will be held in the Gay Head cemetery, Aquinnah, on Sunday, June 17 at 11 am officiated by Rev. Roger Spinney.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Aquinnah Cultural Center, 10 Black Brook Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535