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Even after she stopped writing columns for The Des Moines Register, her writing continued to appear in weekly newspapers in Pleasantville, Knoxville and Pella for years.According to a Des Moines Register editorial published shortly after Black's death, "Students read her to improve their knowledge of outdoor lore, birdwatchers read her to learn where the eagles soared, legislators pushing a dove-hunting law read her to learn how much opposition to expect.A popular bird area near Red Rock Reservoir, once frequented by the late Gladys Black, now bears her name.
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Black died peacefully in her home on July 19, 1998 at the age of 89.
In July 2004, INHF and other partners dedicated the Gladys Black Bald Eagle Refuge, located at a Marion County site where Gladys had done birding.
Coster's parents, Paul and Mary Felsing, were lifelong friends of Black.
For years they banded birds at their home and on adjoining land with sixth graders in Marion County.
They were married and moved to Georgia, where Black's husband worked at Warner Robins Air Force Base.
There, Black continued her public health career and became involved with community affairs at Warner Robins.
She was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1985 for her work as an environmental educator and was recognized by the Iowa governor for 35 years of volunteer work in 1989."One thing about Gladys: She was absolutely dedicated, absolutely adamant, absolutely wonderful.
She was an absolute woman in a male-dominated era," says Marlene Ehresman.
She never tired of taking children and adults alike "under her wing" to teach them about her beloved birds, and she tirelessly promoted habitat protection and environmental education in the region.