Gladys Alatia McPherson, 82, of Richland, died June 8, 2003.
A private family interment took place June 11 at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.
A celebration of her life is set for Saturday, July 12, at Pine Baptist Church.
Gladys Alatia Phillips was born on June 16, 1920, at Ruedi, Colo., to Samuel and Gladys Alatia Caldwell Phillips.
In 1941, Don and Gladys began their wonderful 62 years of marriage. They had originally met at a movie house where Gladys worked as an usher. Of this marriage they had four daughters, Donna, Lana, June and Susie, and a foster son, Dean.
Gladys was a wonderful mother. She loved to cook, and during the years that her husband ran several ranches, she would cook for the ranch hands. Gladys loved to listen to good music, especially musicals, one of her favorites being “The Sound of Music.” She loved her family, the Lord, her church family and she especially enjoyed the opportunity to sit and visit with friends.
She and Don spent the spring and summer months in Richland, but headed south to enjoy the winters in Yuma, Ariz. Gladys was once an active member of the Cowbells and was active with the Christian Women’s Association.
Survivors include her husband Don; daughters and their husbands, Donna and Al Geiser of Rozet, Wyo., Lana and Terry Scott of Kuna, Idaho, June and Larry McNamee of Sun City, Ariz., Marv and Susie Powell of Eagle, Idaho; foster son and his wife, Dean and Becky Goodner of Kuna, Idaho; a sister, Lucille Fischer; a brother, Mike Phillips; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Contributions in Gladys’ memory may be made to the Pine Baptist Church in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 20, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor