Body The Honorable Gladys Marie Oakley passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at her home in Bellville, Texas. She was born on August 15, 1926, in Bleiblerville, Texas. Gladys worked on the family farm tending the corn and cotton fields and helped her family with the many farm animals and chores. She attended the Victoria School as an elementary student where students either walked or rode a horse 2 miles each way. Gladys then attended Bellville High School, and upon graduation, went on to earn her BBA from the University of Houston. She then earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston School of Law in 1957, where she was one of only two women in her graduating class.