Gladys L. Richard, 104, former resident of Brush, Colorado, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2013 at the Sunset Adult Family Home in Bellevue, Washington. She was born March 19, 1909 in Brush to Albert and Margaret McNamee Eikenbary.|
Gladys graduated from Brush Union High School in 1928. She started college at Greeley, Colorado, for a short time and then married Donald L. Richard of Brush, where they raised their three sons and farmed and raised sheep. Don died suddenly in 1953. Gladys worked as secretary to the Morgan County Superintendent of Schools for a short time and then continued her education at the University of Northern Colorado (then Colorado State College of Education). She worked as a sorority housemother while attending college and graduated in 1957 with a major in Elementary Education. Gladys taught the fourth grade at Thomson Elementary School in Brush for 17 years. She retired in 1975, continued to be active in Brush, enjoying fast paced 4 mile walks with her friends. She also enjoyed traveling, with many trips to her three sons and their families, but also traveled with close friends and her sister, Wilma Kastler, in and around the Colorado Rockies and western states. Her longest journey was a trip to Russia. Gladys was active in the Brush community, volunteering as a 'Gray Lady' of the American Red Cross at Eben-Ezer as well as a long time loyal member of Brush United Methodist Church, P.E.O. Chapter T and the Hi Ho Bridge Club.
She moved to The Garden Club Retirement Facility in Bellevue, Washington, in 1998 to be close to her youngest son, Allen, and his family. Then, in 2009, she moved to the Sunset Adult Family Home.
Gladys was passionate about education and teaching, enjoyed politics, served on election committees, liked people, loved her church, was a great bridge player, loved reading, growing flowers and was always very close to her husband and family.
Survivors include three sons and their spouses, Gene and Barbara Richard of San Mateo, California, Jerry and Phyllis Richard of Spokane, Washington, and Allen and Judy Richard of Bellevue, Washington; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald; sister, Wilma Kastler; brother, Albert Eikenbary, and her parents, Albert and Margaret Eikenbary.
A graveside service will be held at a date yet to be determined, in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.
Contributions in Gladys Richard's name can be made to the Brush United Methodist Church or the Brush Museum and Cultural Center, c/o the Heer Mortuary, 222 Cameron Street, Brush, CO 80723.
The Heer Mortuary & Crematory in Brush is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Fort Morgan Times on Nov. 19, 2013