Gladys Vivian (Maynard) Friend, 72, died Monday, May 3, 2010 at her home in Duluth, Georgia, of brain cancer. Born March 31, 1938 in Hatfield, Kentucky, she was the younger of two daughters born to Richard Delmon and Gladys Hazel (Stepp) Maynard. Mrs. Friend graduated from Williamson High School, Williamson, West Virginia in 1955 and attended Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky before marrying Ballard Lowe Friend in Clintwood, Virginia, on July 5, 1956. Mrs. Friend was a stay-at-home mom, raising her three children, Michael Ballard, David James Richard, and Evelyn Mae. After her husband retired from the US Postal Service, Mrs. Friend worked at the Grand Tetons National Park in the gift shop. She and her husband resided at times in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Jacksonville, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Duluth, Georgia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Maysville, Georgia. Mrs. Friend enjoyed visiting family and friends, playing Rook, scrapbooking, croquet, canasta, reading, Remington Steele, Wii, and traveling throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Her greatest disappointment was failing to travel to Australia, a trip that was being planned when she became ill. Mrs. Friend worshiped at Orlando Baptist Temple, Orlando, Florida; Duluth Baptist Church, Duluth, Georgia; and Duluth First Methodist Church, Duluth, Georgia. She is survived by her husband, Ballard L. Friend; her children, Michael Friend, David Friend (Connie), and Evelyn Epperson (Bill); her grandchildren, David Ryan Friend, Johnathan Christian Friend, and Joshua Robert Epperson; her sister, Gypsy Ruth Sparks; and two nieces, Nyoka Elaine Runyon and Deborah Kay Smith. What all of us who survive her are grateful for are her gifts to us: life, love, and laughter. We have a lifetime, an eternity if we are fortunate enough, of memories from our journey together. Visitation will be Thursday evening, May 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 in the J. W. Call Funeral Chapel in Pikeville, Kentucky. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 7, at 11:00 A.M. in J. W. Call Funeral Chapel. Burial will immediately follow in the family cemetery in Hatfield, Kentucky.