Gladys was adopted at the age of four and raised by Robert Lee and Lucy Wilson Brown. She grew up in a rural area of Bryant, Texas, fondly known as the Brazos Bottom, between the two rivers of Little Brazos and Brazos. She graduated from E. A. Kemp High School where she met and married Nathan Jones from Wyoming in 1968. She moved to Colorado in 1976.
Gladys received an Associate Degree in Diagnostic Radiology from the Community College of Denver, a Bachelors in Sociology with a minor in law studies, and a Masters is Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit organization from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is a Ronald McNair Scholar, as well as a member of Alpha Kappa Delta honor society of for Sociology Majors.
Mrs. Turnbough is very active in the community. She is a member of the Colorado Movement gospel choir, the 2015-2016 financial secretary of the Denver Section – NCNW , serves as a committee coordinator for the Annual Kwanzaa Zion Senior Luncheon, secretary of the Kwanzaa organization, and a member of numerous organizations.
In 2009, she was certified by the Department of Justice’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Leadership Training. She was instrumental in the lives of hundreds of students at the Aurora Campus, helping them to identify unhealthy relationships, providing counseling and support services for those facing interpersonal violence. In 2015, Mrs. Turnbough was selected to serve on Colorado's Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCSP) Advisory Board. She has three sons and one granddaughter. Gladys enjoys taking long walks in nature, singing, dancing, listening to all genre of music and enjoying family and friends. She is a cancer survivor; Praise God!