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Gladys Rose Wilcox

March 4, 1921 - April 11, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Gladys Rose Wilcox

Gladys Rose Wilcox

Born: March 4, 1921
Died: April 11, 2020
Age: 99

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Gladys Rose Wilcox, the daughter of Christopher and Lola Crook Clare, was born March 4, 1921 in Emmetsburg, IA.  Her childhood years were spent in Emmetsburg where she attended country school, St Mary’s and Public High School.

     Gladys married James Wilcox on November 12, 1937, in Pocahontas, IA.  The early years of their marriage were spent in Emmetsburg before moving to Spencer in 1943.  Since that time, with the exception of two and a half years spent in Greeley, CO from 1953 to 1955, James and Gladys made their home in Spencer.  Gladys worked at Maid Rite, Richeys Super Market as manager of the bakery, where she learned to make her delicious mile high cream pies.  Later in life, she was the manager of Gift House Stamps prior to her 30 years with Montgomery Ward in Spencer.  She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church serving on prayer chain, hospital visitor, financial secretary, Circle, St. Luke Lutheran Home representative and Sunday school teacher.  Gladys also volunteered for Hospice, Hospital Auxiliary serving as President in 1985, 1988 and 1992, Babes Program, RSVP and St. Luke Care Committee.  Gladys had her life long dream come true in 1999, when she, her two daughters and a sister went to Ireland.  They started in Shannon and traveled completely around Ireland seeing many beautiful sites, castles, churches and searching for any family ties and loving the beautiful green country.  In her spare time, Gladys enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting, cross stitching, genealogy and was always up for a good game of scrabble.  Most of all, Gladys loved spending time with her family.  Her family was her everything and she was considered the family Matriarch.

     Gladys passed away on April 11, 2020 at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer at the age of 99.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James on December 29, 1997; her son-in-law, Terry Christensen; Sisters Jeanne Ridgeway, Kate Westerman, Nancy Seaver, Margaret Shaver, Helen Baggs, Elsie Reed and one brother Christopher Clare, Jr.

     She is survived by her daughters: Lois Christensen of Spencer, IA and Sherrie (Roger) Green of Spencer, IA. Sister Janet Davis of Lacon, IL. Grandchildren: Tony (Rita) Christensen of Rochester, MN, Lance (Lori) Christensen, Spencer, IA, Kelly (Brian) Norsdchow, Decorah, IA, Shannon (Debbie) Green, Spencer, IA Angi Green Hill, Gilbert, AZ, Dawn (Clay) Fletcher, Spencer, IA, Darci Green, Hugo, MN.  13 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

     The Family would like to give a very special thank you to Mother's wonderful caregivers at St. Luke Lutheran Home.  You were all very special to her.

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Due to State and Federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a Public Memorial at this time.  A Celebration Of Life Service will be held at a later date at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established by the family.
Pastor John Syvertson
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 9:12 PM
“I was sorry to hear about Gladys’s passing, and knew her from when our family moved to Spencer in 1957. She was a nice lady, and our thoughts are with the family.”
- Clark Marshall
Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. Gladys gave me my first job at Montgomery Ward in 1976 while I attended Spencer School of Business. Gladys was such a gracious and up beat person, everyone liked her. ”
- Brian Hoffmann
Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 7:34 PM
“Lois, Sherrie and to your families,
I have fond memories of dad's Aunt Gladys as she was always such a fun loving and positive person. Dad (Don) always had fond things to say of her and your dad. We always had a parking place when coming to the fair. It was wonderful to visit her at mom and dad's wake and so thoughtful that she came. May God hold you in the palm of his hands during the loss of your mother, but may the many memories bring some comfort to you both.
Don Kauffman's daughter- Deb”
- Deb Kauffman-Watson
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“Dear Sherrie,
My sincere condolences to you was a challenging season re: your Mom & everyone. I'm sorry. May the Lord's peaceful strength & comfort be yours.🌺”
- Claudia Orwig
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“Sherrie, so sorry to read about your Mom's passing. Many years ago I briefly worked at Nelson Drug before I left for school and had so much fun with the Montgomery Ward ladies. She was a beautiful lady. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hard to lose a MOM.”
- Julie Anderson Fisher
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 2:15 PM
“Collie and I are so sad. I have fond memories of a very special person. She was the person that cherished family memories and background. Her diligent work in family searches encouraged me to follow her example. Blessings to her daughters and families.”
- George "Ernie" Ridgeway
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:56 AM
“Sherrie and family, I an so sorry to read of your Mother's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


- Joan Kallsen
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:28 AM
“Sherri Dawn & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”
- Rhonda Essick
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 8:12 AM
“Sincere sympathy Lori and family. Lori, I am so sorry of your grandmothers passing. I know you were very close. Take care my friend.”
- Dean and Diane Parks
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Sorry for your loss, you have many years of great memories that you will have forever. My prayers to you all. Sharon ”
- Sharon Perko
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:45 PM
“Dear Wilcox family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. One of my favorite recipes is Gladys’ raisin oatmeal cookies from the old Trinity Lutheran cookbook. I think of her every time I make them!”
- Nancy (Stoll) Taylor
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 2:04 PM
“Our sympathy, Sharon and Lois, in the loss of your mother and my aunt. I have fond memories of her (and your Dad) when I would come to Spencer and stay overnight, or when they would come out on a Sunday to the farm to see us. She was a busy lady always and cared for everyone so much and loved her family deeply. Making it to 99 years of age was probably always in her wheelhouse, and she never looked older than in her 60's. God bless her always.
Roger and Darlene (Wilcox) Finnegan”
- Darlene Finnegan
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:39 AM
“So sad to hear this! But you are with the rest of your family! RIP Aunt Gladys! Love & miss you! ”
- Sandy J Mannon
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:25 AM
“Lois and Sharon Your Mother lived a long and fruitful life. At times like this, lean on your Faith, your Family and your Friends, in that order. You are never alone with Jesus!”
- Fred & Beverly Lenz
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:24 AM
“My deepest condolences to all. She was a wonderful woman! A dear Aunt and my Mom's oldest sister. May she rest in peace.”
- Tyrone Seaver
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 9:55 AM
“May God wrap his arms around you at this very difficult time.”
- Dee Jackson
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:44 AM
“We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. We pray that God will grant you the strength. Our most sincere condolences. Amy Dean and Jacob Gronemeyer”
- Gronemeyers
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:44 AM
“To the family of Gladys I just want to say what a wonderful woman she was. I work at St. Luke’s in rehab therapy & I've never had to tell anyone to slow down, whether it was walking or riding the Nustep. She was a go getter. I always enjoyed our conversations and I felt honored to have known Gladys. I will greatly miss her. My sympathies and prayers to all of you at this most difficult time. Sincerely Jeanie Culver”
- Jeanie Culver
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:43 AM
“Gladys family.
May GOD wrap his arms around you at this most difficult time.”
- Dee Jackson
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 6:31 PM
“So sorry to hear about Gladys. Such was such a lovely lady. I always remember her coming to movie nights at the library! Thoughts and prayers sent!”
- Kim Peterson
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 6:31 PM
“Sherrie and Lois, sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a wonder lady. I remember always with a beautiul smile on face all the time. She was a neat lady.”
- Lois Becker
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 4:45 PM
“May you find comfort and the resurrection and in knowing that Gladys is at peace. I enjoyed every contact I ever had with Gladys. She was truly a special person.
- Betty Taylor
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 1:24 PM
“Sad for your loss of this dear lady. Regardless of age it’s always too soon when they are lost. May God grant you all peace during this hard time. ”
- Chapman David R
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 11:31 AM
“Sherrie, Lois and families. We are very sorry about Gladys. 99 years, what an achievement! Lots and lots of memories.”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 11:31 AM
“To the family of Gladys
My heart is with all of you. My deepest sympathies to all !
Love you ”
- Rhonda Olson
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 10:02 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I remember her at Montgomery Wards. She was so helpful. Cherish the memories.”
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“Sherrie, we were sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, our thoughts and prayers to you snd your family.”
- Clark and Linda Marshall
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 5:54 AM
“Sherrie we are sorry hear about your passing. Greg remembers her working at Montgomery Wards with Helen. She was special lady and will be missed. Our prayers are with you and family God Bless.”
- Greg Foote & Cindy Evans
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 5:53 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to all. I have such fond memories of Gladys from work. A very special lady.”
- Jackie Paulsen
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 5:53 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to all. I have such fond memories of Gladys from work. A very special lady.”
- Jackie Paulsen
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 5:53 AM
“She will forever be in my mind. I cared for her and I always loved caring for her. "it's tough getting old" will always be in my mind from her. So sorry for you and your families loss. ”
- Brittney P
Monday, April 13, 2020 at 4:24 PM
“My sympathies to the family of Gladys. She was so smart and interested in learnng. She was kind and funny. I always enjoyed my visits with her. A special lady!
- Joanne Kay Schar
Monday, April 13, 2020 at 3:30 PM
“Lois and Sharon and Families
Very sorry to hear of Gladys' passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.”
- Larry and Susan Wilcox
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