Gladys Gerhart

Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Schnider Funeral Home. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. A dessert reception will follow at Schnider Funeral Home. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Gladys was born on the family ranch west of Belt, on May 28, 1916, to Ann (Davidson) and Samuel A. Krebs. She attended rural schools near the family ranch and in the town of Belt. She graduated valedictorian from Belt Valley High School in 1934. After getting a degree she was employed by General Motors Insurance Corporation, followed by Farmer's Union Grain in Great Falls. On Nov. 9, 1939, she married George Gerhart and they lived on ranches near Monarch, Raynesford and Belt. Her wishes will be honored to keep their property in the family. Hallmarks for which she will be remembered include the "gift of hospitality," big meals ending with a variety desserts, especially pies, cakes and cookies, each efficiently served with coffee! She treated the men in work clothes with the same respect and kindness as she did the well-dressed Sunday visitors.

The perfectly sewn garments, many with beautiful hand embroidery, personally designed potholders and aprons, decorated dishtowels, baby and children's clothing all became practical gifts made with love and care. She was humble, kind and generous, truly loving her friends and family. Mountain bluebirds were her favorite birds, but she appreciated all of nature except rattlesnakes and she was adept at "doing them in" with a garden hoe! After becoming a Christian, she read her bible daily. Probably the most difficult task she ever did was providing care for George for 19 months in their home after he had strokes and heart attacks. They loved one another for more than 60 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Sereta (Bill) Taylor of Great Falls; sister, Mabel (Fred) Heckerman of Missoula; sister-in-law, Mildred (Joe) Heyde of Great Falls and Holly (Greg) Heser of Lewistown; three great-grandchildren, Sereta, Garth and Ava Heser all of Billings; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents; and her brothers, Clyde and Jack Krebs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belt Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 74, Belt, MT 59412 or a . Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Published in Great Falls Tribune from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, 2013