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Our Grandma Gladys has been looking for our Grandpa Fred ever since he passed away in 2010. On Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Spring Creek Inn Alzheimer's Community, she passed away. We are sure they are together again.
Gladys Irene (Herdina) Tubb was born Jan. 27, 1918, in Christina as the daughter of Frank and Molly Herdina, who homesteaded northeast of Lewistown. She and her family moved to the Phillipsburg area after the hardship of losing the family farm to consecutive seasons of drought and hail. She attended both the Hall and Phillipsburg grade schools and graduated from Drummond High in 1935. Growing up on the farm with her three brothers, she learned the value of hard work, milking 35 head of milk cows by hand, together with her family each morning before walking to school, and milking again after walking back home each evening. She also became an accomplished seamstress, gardener, cook and housekeeper; skills that she would continue to use the rest of her life. Her dad's hired hand, whose name was Fred Tubb, fell in love with Gladys, and followed she and her family to the Gallatin Valley, where they were married in March of 1936. Fred and Gladys rented, and then later purchased, the 160 acres of land at the northeast corner of the airport, where they would spend the next 72 of their 74 years together. To their union was born their only child, Betty Jo. Gladys faced a serious bout of rheumatic fever when Betty was a baby but, ironically, she lived to be 95 years old!
During the difficult years of the Depression, Gladys and Fred together milked Guernsey cows, raised "weaner" pigs and Hereford cattle, and harvested grain on their fertile farmland. They also grew incredible gardens and canned quarts and quarts of vegetables. Gladys shared her talents as a seamstress by becoming a sewing leader in a Belgrade 4-H group where she taught many young girls the art of sewing. She also judged articles of hand-made clothing at many county fairs. Her ability to cook and bake was well known among her friends and family and they will continue to use her recipes for years to come. She was very involved in Gallatin County Farm Bureau, and served as State Women's Chairman for many years. She served as an election judge on many elections, hand counting ballots late into the night. She was also proud of her commitment to the Republican Central Committee. Her desire to become a more efficient speaker led her to become involved with the Gallatin County Toastmistress Committee and for over a half of a century she was a committed, active member of the Belgrade Community Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elmer, Glen (Swede), and Ralph Herdina; husband, Fred Tubb; and son-in-law, Arnold Biggs. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Biggs; and grandchildren, Ron, Robert (LuAnne), Karen, and Nancy (Dan Roys); as well as 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grand children. The family would like to thank Spring Creek Inn for her wonderful care these past three and one-half years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Belgrade Community Church.
Memorials may be made to the Pioneer Museum, 317 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2014