Gladys Mary Hart Gladys Mary Hart was born June 3, 1925 in Bemidji, Minn. and died Oct. 26, 2008 in Graham, WA. She was married to Col. Elwin B. Hart (USMC Ret.) on March 31, 1945 on Bainbridge Island, Wa during World War II. Gladys was serving as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy and Elwin was a U.S. Marine at the time of their marriage. They enjoyed over 63 years of love and devotion. Elwin and Gladys retired after 33 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and raised their family in this area. The family wishes to extend their love and appreciation to the owners, Bert and Christie Sawyers, and their staff at Heavenly Acres Adult Family Home, where Gladys was lovingly cared for the last 3 months of her life. The family also wishes to thank our friends and neighbors for their support during our time of need. They also want to thank the Hospice Nursing Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Michelle Thurman and her caring staff of the Good Samaritan Family Clinic, Dr. Susan Shirley, Dr. Randy Webster and their caring Estaff of Firgrove Veterinary Clinic for their wonderful care of our beloved pets for the past two decades. Also, sincere thanks to Nancy Martin, who provided the family so much great support during this most difficult time. Gladys was preceded in death by parents Howard and Gladys Pease, brothers William Pease and Calvin Eugene Pease and sister Rhea Jeanne Doodigian. She is survived by her husband Col. Elwin B. Hart, USMC Ret., children, Marylee Hart of Knoxville, TN, Robert (Dena) Hart of Cordova, AL., Sgt. Thomas (Koreen) Hart of Wenatchee, WA (Tom is with the Washington National Guard's 81st Brigade en route to Iraq), grandchildren, Kellen and Rebecca Issac, Nolan and Amanda Dunbar, Jesse and Jerrica Wentz, Logan Hart and Damon Hart, great granddaughter Lily Wentz, siblings, Phyllis Cubbins of Seattle, WA, Calvin Pease of Federal Way, WA, brother-in-law, Roger Hart of Phoenix, AZ, and sister-in-law Yvon Hart of Seattle, WA, nieces and nephews, Lisa Cubbins, Elaine Cubbins, Tommy Cubbins, Leslie Hammond, Jon Hart, Melissa Ellis, Johnny Doodigian, Dale Doodigian and Joe Doodigian. The family will have a Celebration of Gladys' Life 2:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at the Tall Firs Estates Club House at 191st St. E. and Meridian Ave. E. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup.
Published by News Tribune (Tacoma) on Oct. 29, 2008.