Gladia Ann Barks
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Gladia Ann Barks was born to Wilbur and Irene Schermesser on Aug. 8, 1924, in Silgo, Mo. She passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
Gladia traveled around as a young girl because her father worked on construction crews. One of her childhood memories was living in a tent city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The year was 1932 and she, along with her mother, brother and father, lived there for two years until her dad was killed while working on the dam. Gladia said she remembered there were two types of tents that the families that worked there lived in; one had a wood floor and other was a dirt floor. Theirs was a dirt floor, and so every morning they had to empty their shoes in case a scorpion had crawled into them during the night.
It was after her father was killed that her mother moved the family back to Maplewood, Mo., where Gladia completed her schooling. She worked in St. Louis, Mo., until 1947, then moved to Tulelake, Calif., with her aunt. It was at this time that she began working as a waitress at the Sportsman Hotel, where she met her future husband Bill Barks. Gladia and Bill were married July 17, 1947.
Gladia's days were spent helping her husband on their homestead and being a loving mother to their three children. In later years, she was blessed with four wonderful grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who she loved spending time with.
Gladia enjoyed going to the coast and hunting for agates with her husband and her mother.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughters Allie Lee Cross and Shawna Lynn Barks, her daughter Judy Irene Barks and son Clyde William Barks.
Survivors include her husband William P. Barks, daughter Charlotte Ann Barks, grandchildren Nolan Paddy Killeen and Kimberly Sue Barks, great-grandchildren Eric William Barks and Teagan Allie Killeen, and brother Welbon Schermesser.
Those wishing to do so may make a donation in the memory of Gladia to the Tulelake Volunteer Fire Department, Tulelake, Calif.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Laki Cemetery.
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Published in Herald And News on June 14, 2013