Gladys Florene Ediger Gladys Florene Ediger was born on November 18, 1921, in McPherson County, Kansas. She was the daughter of Daniel and Bertha Stucky. She was the youngest of five children. Her siblings were Edna Stucky, Mae Schrag, Robert Stucky and Luella Schrag, all of which preceded her in death. She had a happy childhood on a farm marred only by the death of her mother when Gladys was twelve years old. Her three older sisters then became her "Mother". She attended a country school near her home, graduated from McPherson High School and attended Bethel College in Newton, Kansas. Gladys was baptized and became a member of the Eden Mennonite Church near Moundridge, Kansas. She loved the Lord and rededicated her life to him on several occasions. In 1943, she married Arnold Ediger. They lived happily for 33 years. They had a daughter, Frances and a son Richard who died shortly after birth. Frances was a wonderful gift to their union and was a joy to raise. They lived on a farm near McPherson, Kansas for 19 years. After that time Arnold was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and they moved to Newton, Kansas. Arnold died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 57 in 1976. Gladys continued to live in Newton where she worked in a high school library until 1979 when she moved to Visalia, CA to live near her daughter and son-in-law Ross and grand-daughter Ramie Becker. In the new strange city of Visalia, she became involved in volunteer work. She volunteered many hours for Hospice, Domestic Violence Center, and the area agency for the aged. She joined the First Baptist Church, sang in the choir and later took care of the church library. Gladys loved to travel. She and her husband traveled all over the United States. Later in Visalia she took several trips overseas and cruises with friends. She loved music and reading. She belonged to a barbershop chorus for many years. Her love of music was instilled into her daughter and granddaughter. Although she had losses in her life, she always remained optimistic and happy. Her daughter and granddaughter admired her as a "gutsy lady." Memorial donation's may be made to the Gateway Church of Visalia, 1100 S. Sowell Street, Visalia, California or the Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 109, Visalia, California 93229.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta on April 19, 2012