Gladys Louise Linville, 90, of Broadus, and most recently of Lewistown, passed away October 16, 2020. Gladys was born January 6, 1930, the second daughter and fourth child of William and Jessie (Wilbur) Wiechman. At three months of age she moved with her parents and two brothers from the Crow Rock area to the Home Creek area near Ashland, Montana, this being her grandfather’s homestead. Gladys attended the Home Creek school a few miles from home for all the elementary grades but the third and fourth, which were spent in Miles City when her brothers were in the last two years of high school. She boarded out her four years of high school, which were spent in Broadus and graduated from there in 1947.
She was married to Royce Francis Linville on May 3, 1947, in Terry, Monana, and they spent all their married years in or near Broadus. Of this union, two daughters were born–Linda on August 26, 1948, and Lana on August 25, 1950. Gladys worked for Paul Mann at Smith’s Jewelry in Miles City in 1947 and 1948 while Royce was on the road in the trucking business. She worked for Step and Ruby Holt at their drugstore from 1954 until the end of 1967, then worked in the county treasurer’s office from February 1968 until the end of December 1990 when she retired because of Royce’s ill health. He died November 10, 1993. She held the position of Powder River County Treasurer for four consecutive terms. Gladys did quite a bit of traveling, including making two trips to Alaska to visit granddaughter Michele. She did volunteer work at the museum and enjoyed line dancing with her friends. Gladys later shared happy times with Clarence Swope, her close friend. In 2018 Gladys moved to Lewistown to be closer to her daughter Linda and grandchildren. Gladys had a big heart. She will be remembered as a loving and giving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She always had treats ready for the grandkids and was their biggest fan, often traveling to watch them in their activities. She’s remembered by them as generous, warmhearted, and easy to talk She had a supportive, easy going, and accepting personality, which made her a favorite of many. She will be greatly missed.
Gladys is survived by her daughter Linda and son-in-law Dennis Robinson, who were able to share many good times with Gladys in Lewistown; grandchildren Michele (Rob) and son Cord McCue; Chad (Lisa) and children Jalen, Royce, and Ava Robinson; and Nicole (Scott) and children Carter, Sydney, and Natalie Wichman. She was preceded in death by her husband Royce, daughter Lana, grandson David, and special friend Clarence.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Valley View Cemetery in Broadus. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Powder River Manor Memorial Fund or Powder River Manor Nursing Scholarship Fund.