Gladys Shervey, 97, BarrettPublished 9:17am Thursday, December 27, 2012 Updated 11:21am Thursday, December 27, 2012
Gladys Shervey, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at the Barrett Care Center.grades
Gladys Marie (Ostenson) Shervey was born on Oct. 17, 1915, in Barrett, to Austin T. and Olena (Thompson) Ostenson.
She attended local schools and at the age of 15 graduated from Elbow Lake High School. Gladys earned her BA at Concordia College of Moorhead in 1935. She taught English and history at McGregor, North Dakota, from 1935-1937.
Gladys then became principal/educator at Kensington High School.
In 1939, she married Selmer Shervey of Barrett. Four children were added to the family: Paul, Robert, Ann and Kathryn. Gladys continued her teaching experience teaching high school social studies and later music at the elementary school in Barrett.
Upon moving to Tacoma, Wash., in 1969, she worked at the Pierce County Library and was librarian at the PLU campus for 13 years. In 1986, she and Sam returned to Elbow Lake.
Gladys has shared her musical talents most of her life, being church organist, accompanist for church and school events, many weddings and graduations, choir director and later years directed the volunteer group known as, “Senior Notes.”
While in the Barrett Care Center she still contributed by playing piano for various activities. She also was Sunday school teacher and 4-H leader.
Sam and Gladys had a love for traveling and visiting relatives and friends. A trip was planned for almost every summer. She loved to garden, sew, play piano, read and listen to music. Gladys has crocheted and knit items for the family continually.
Grateful for sharing in her life are her children, Paul (Joi) Shervey of Portland, Ore., Bob (Irene) Shervey of Barrett, Ann (Jack) Rose of Winner, S.D., and Kathy (Dennis) Guttromson of Omak, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her death were her parents Lena and A. T. Ostenson; her husband Selmer; a brother Burton; half sister, Cora Evangeline; and half-brothers Clarence and Lawrence.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013, at United Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake
Clergy: Rev. Bob Toso
Burial: Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Barrett
Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake
Condolences may be sent online at ww.EricksonSmithFh.com