Gladyse Meeks (1911 - 2015)

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Gladyse G Meeks
May 24, 1911 - January 28, 2015
Gladyse Grace Robison was born May 24, 1911, to William E. Robison and Sylvia Mathews in Laramie, Wyo. She moved to Oregon by the third grade, and with her two younger sisters attended several small schools.
In 1940 she married William Meeks. Soon William enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Hobbs, NM, servicing B-17's. Gladyse worked on base in the Supply Depot.
By 1950, with her husband and 2 young children, moved onto the homestead north of Middleton. This was to become her home for the next 65 years. The land was bare of vegetation, save for sagebrush and bunchgrass when they built their house and milk barn. Gladyse chose to milk cows rather than work in town, until her kids were out of the house. She then took work with Caxton Printers in Caldwell, later with Dept of Water Resources.
By the time Emery returned to farm with his father, Gladyse had reached retirement age. Together she and Wm. vacationed in the motorhome, and continued to play vital roles in everyday farm life. Gladyse managed to care and cook for 3 generations, including 4 grandkids. She enjoyed sewing and made garments for all her family. A favorite project of hers would be to alter a handed-down garment into one she could wear. Her wardrobe had many nice dresses that she wore every Sunday.
Her husband died in 1998, Gladyse would continue on another 17 years. Seeing her son Emery and grandson Tyson choose farming as their livelihood kept her involved in the life she loved. Gladyse was about giving and doing, always ready in support of her family. She was especially fond of her spiritual brothers and sisters, and participated in her congregation until near the time of her death.
She is survived by her daughter Janis Ekberg of Yuma and her son Emery of Middleton. Her four grandchildren are Jessica Meeks, Tyson Meeks, Will Ekberg, and Justin Ekberg.
A memorial service is scheduled Feb. 7 at 4 pm at the Kingdom Hall, 1702 Marble Front Rd Caldwell.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 4, 2015