WINNEBAGO - Gladys Mae Hervey, 88, of Winnebago passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Holt Country Care in Rural Byron, Minn., where she had lived for the past year.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago, Minn. A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at First Baptist Church, with Rev. Tom Butler officiating. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Winnebago.
Gladys was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Kenton, Ohio, to Andrew Sr. and Elsie (Osborn) Dunahue. She graduated from Kenton High School. Gladys was trained by the American National Red Cross Volunteer Special Services for the Nurse's Aide Corp, Hardin County, Ohio, in 1944, under President Franklin Roosevelt.
Gladys met her brother Andrew's Army buddy and fell in love. She and Russell F. Hervey were married Dec. 2, 1945, in Kenton, Ohio. They returned to Russell's home where they farmed and raised their family in rural Winnebago, Minn.
Gladys loved her country home and community. She was a loving wife, mom and dedicated compassionate volunteer her entire life. In 2004, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award.
Her favorite employment opportunities were Kato Engineering and the activities department at Parker Oaks Communities, Inc. Gladys was a very creative crafter, seamstress, holiday decorator, hostess and gardener. She was a longtime member of the Winnebago United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church. More recently, she actively participated in Women's Ministries and several mission trips.
Gladys has been a loving mom to Joleta (Wayne) Smith, Rochester, Minn., Dwight (Dedra) Hervey, Winnebago, Minn., Pam Mathiason, Rochester, Minn.; grandmother to Aaron Smith, Megan (Smith) Fisher, Becky (Travis) Cyphers, Andrew Hervey, Mike Mathiason, Peter (Bridget) Mathiason; great grandchildren Jack, Zane, Addison, Ethan, Lakynn, and Bentley.
She was preceded in death by husband Russell, in 1998; son-in-law Merlin Mathiason; siblings Andrew Jr., Marvin, Pauline; and special sister-in-law, Marvis Randall.
She is survived by siblings Bob (Sandy) and Bernice; sisters-in-law Marlene and Angeline; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Megan Wilcox and her grandparents, Linda and Bob Holt for their loving foster care; Drs, Shalu Bansal and Erin Stevenson at the Mayo Family Clinic in Kasson, Minn., for their excellent medical care; and Mayo Clinic Hospice.