COZAD - Gladys E. Hart was born May 1, 1918, at Cozad to Guy and Hazel Moyle Uhlig. She attended school in Cozad and graduated from Cozad High School in 1935.
On Jan. 1, 1936, she married Herman B. Hart at Overton.
Gladys helped Herman on the farm for many years. Starting with a snowman display in 1951, her Christmas displays on the farm north of Cozad became a Christmas spectacular.
Thousands of visitors would drive through the farmyard, sign the guest book and receive their candy cane. Gladys, besides decorating the outside, also decorated every room in the house and gave tours of the home. Some of the tours were tour buses from other parts of the state and received a meal prepared and served by Gladys as a bonus.
In the summer, Gladys was usually seen on her lawn mower keeping the farmstead immaculate. Her hobby of cake decorating was enjoyed by many at weddings, anniversaries and birthdays.
Among the organizations she belonged to were the Pollyanna Club, Green Thumb Garden Club, M&M Club and the Ever/Ready Club. She helped organize the BPO Does and served as president in 1964, and also helped to organize the Cozad Hospital Auxiliary.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, taught Sunday school, and was on the wedding reception committee for many years.
Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Herman of Cozad; two daughters, Gail (Bob) Starr of Lincoln and Shelley (Steve) Morris of Aurora, Colo.; five grandchildren, Kim (Monte) Huggett of Overland Park, Kan., Bart (Monica) Starr of Kansas City, Mo., Jennifer (Darin) Mackender of Thornton, Colo., Chad (Ramona) Morris of Aurora, Colo., and Brandon (Marie) Morris of Centennial, Colo.; and six great-grandchildren, Connor and Emma Huggett, Allyson and Ethan Mackender, Brooke and Brandee Morris and the expected arrival of the seventh great-grandchild in April.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Eunice Beel.
Memorials are suggested to Meadowlark Pointe Assisted Living in her memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church in Cozad with the Rev. Lyle Schoen officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Published by North Platte Telegraph on Feb. 24, 2008.