Gladys Mae Sebern
December 18, 1925 - July 3, 2014
Gladys Mae Sebern, age 88, died at her home in Redwood Heights assisted living in Salem. She was in the care of the wonderful team of care givers and staff at Redwood Heights and Gentiva hospice. Gladys had recently stated "I've had a long, good life."
She is survived by her cousin David; nieces Donna, Evelyn (Jim) and Diane (Keith); nephews Mel (Gabrielle), Ron (Jan), Roger (Lori) and Bob (Nancy).
Gladys was born in Mason City, Iowa, on December 18, 1925 to parents Harold Dwight Schollian and Rachel Isabel Schollian (nee Franks). The family first lived in Taft, Oregon and later moved to Salem where Gladys graduated from Salem High School in 1943. Just prior to Gladys' birth in December 1925, her future husband, Lester (still a boy of 8 years of age), and his family, were making their way from Iowa by train to settle in Salem in late October 1925. Within this Sebern family, two other siblings of Lester's would also meet and marry fellow "transplanted" Iowans.
In August of 1950, Gladys Mae Schollian married Lester Clelland Sebern at the First Christian Church in Salem. Lester and Gladys were long time members of the First Christian Church and their church family provided loving support and many kindnesses throughout Gladys' life.
In July 1955, they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Joanna Lee. Living on 19th Street for much of their married life, they enjoyed many happy years raising Joanna and Gladys was content to look after her family and decorate their home for any and all holidays. Later in life they moved to Bren Loop Court and enjoyed their travels near and far. As Lester's health changed, they moved to Redwood Heights assisted living in Salem. Lester died in November 2009. Lester and Gladys were married for 59 years. Gladys continued to live at Redwood Heights because it had truly become her home.
Tragically, their daughter, Joanna, was diagnosed with brain cancer and died in September 2010, just 11 months after Lester.
In the following four years after the deaths of her beloved husband and daughter, Gladys was blessed to have her extended family, dear church friends and Pastor Bob Hanna, Joanna's college and grade school friends who "adopted" Gladys as their own, dearly loved residents of Redwood Heights and the caring staff at Redwood to help her find the best quality of life. She was also blessed by -- Judy with the peaches, the dear "Davids" from her travels with Joanna, Sharon from the legal office, Tammie, Vicki and Rick with jaunts to Amadeus and so many others. And, in her final days, the loving bedside vigil by Rick, Jane and Hans. God Bless all of you.
Gladys will be entombed at Belcrest Memorial Park in the family vault beside Lester and Joanna. A private family service will be held at Belcrest. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 685 Marion Street NE, Salem, Oregon, 97301. Funeral arrangements provided by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and entombment arrangements provided by Belcrest Memorial Park.