Gladys Stanton, age 78, of Jordan passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Billings Clinic.
Gladys Mae Hogue was born to Bill & Gladys Hogue, November 16th, 1935 in Nebraska. Her family moved to Montana and Mom attended high school in Terry, MT. One summer, while in Jordan, she and her friend Dora saw a tall young man with a guitar walking to a dance the girls were also attending. Gladys asked Dora who that guy was. Dora said “That’s my cousin Dale”. Gladys said, “I’m going to marry him” and three months later in September 1953 she did just that. They were married over 50 years when Dale passed away in 2004. Gladys had several jobs over the years. She worked for Ryan’s Grocery many years ago and then again when she came out of retirement, Fellman’s Hardware Store & Garfield County Bank. She and Dale bought the Hell Creek Bar and ran it for several years and Gladys went to school to learn to do boot, shoe & saddle repair and bought and operated the Jordan Shoe Shop where she repaired boots, shoes, saddles and did other leather work. Later she was the director for the Garfield County Senior Citizens and Garfield County Transportation and was Garfield County Justice of the Peace when she retired the first time. Years later she was requested to come out of retirement again to fill the need for an additional Justice of the Peace. She said she would but that she would only do weddings which were her favorites, but no arraignments in the middle of the night. You could count on Gladys working hard whether she was digging post holes or preparing for a court case. Gladys loved little kids and all the kids in our generation called her mom and anyone younger called her Grandma, Granny or Granny Gladys. She was always a Tom boy and you would find her on the ground playing trucks or the middle of the floor playing dolls. She was a Cub Scout leader in the 50’s and 60’s and loved it. Kids were always welcome in Mom’s home. She taught Sunday school and Bible School and was known to stop and pick up a car load of kids to take them to Sunday school. Being proud of the fact that she was a Christian and had been saved many years ago she wanted everyone to be and she made sure many kids had the opportunity to go to church and learn about Jesus Christ her Savior & King. When her kids were younger, along with Gladys’s nieces, nephews and any other kid available, they were treated to trips to the trees for weenie roasts and the lake for boating, swimming and skiing. She was an accomplished water skier and helped teach many to ski. We were also part of trips to rodeos to watch Johnnie ride and car-loads of giggling girls were taken graduation dress shopping. Gladys just knew how to make things fun for kids. When it would storm and the electricity went out she would get out the battery operated radio and the candles and we would play board games and cards and tell ghost stories and listen to “Only the Shadow Knows” and she would load us in the car to drive to town and watch the lightening. Assuring us that as long as we stayed in the car on the rubber tires we were safe. She taught us not to be afraid of the thunder and told us that the noise was just God dumping his tater bin. Mom always had coloring books and the biggest box of Crayons nearby. She would color for hours to relax. That led to her love of painting. She took art lessons in the 70’s and again a few years back. She was an accomplished painter and loved it. After Gladys retired for real you could find her on Saturdays painting and having lunch & cocktails with her “sister-friends” Charlee Nordhus and Betty Johnson. Mom also loved to travel and gamble and made many trips with family and friends to Las Vegas & Deadwood. She especially enjoyed those trips with her very special friends Bobi Raye Ross & Shelley Ryan who also took Gladys to many doctor and chemo appointments. Mom knew no age boundaries and had friends that hadn’t started school yet and friends that were older than she. They were all important in her eyes. Mom’s pride and joy truly was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She absolutely adored them all.
Back in the ’60’s Mom started making donuts from a recipe she adapted from a cook book. It was the start of something special. When she made donuts the phone would start ringing and the house would start filling up. If you did something for her that she knew you wouldn’t let her pay for, you got a batch of donuts. Grandkids report cards, graduations and many other special occasions were filled with Granny Gladys’ Raised Donuts. Everyone enjoyed them so much that she started handing them out for Halloween treats. She was always proud of the fact that Howard Shawver used to bring his kids out all the way from Miles City for one of her donuts. In later years she had to tell the older parents & grandparents that the Halloween donuts were just for the little kids because she couldn’t makes as many batches as she used to be able to. The only years she didn’t make donuts were when she was just too weak. Three years that I know of. She always felt bad that the kids didn’t get them on those years. Many people have requested the recipe. Please enjoy and whenever you make the recipe included today please think of Gladys.
Gladys is survived by her son Johnnie & Laura, granddaughter Kristi & Saurel Favard & their children Jasmyn & Tristan and granddaughter Kim & Lance Rodman and their daughter Rachel, three step-granddaughters & their spouses and children, her daughter Cindy, grandson Brian & Barbara
Mothershead & their children Dalaney & Justin and grandson Brady Mothershead and her ex-son-in-law Steve Mothershead & Debbie Long. Mom is also survived by her brothers Dale Hogue, Don & Mary Lou Hogue & Jim & Lou Hogue and a sister Wanda Evans, brother-in-law Harold & Fran Stanton, many
nieces, nephews & cousins.
Gladys battled cancer for many years and it just didn’t seem fair that she had to be taken by COPD. We want to thank all of you who have helped her out so much. From plowing her driveway to taking her to doctor appointments or stopping by the house to visit she and we appreciated it more than you know. Gladys was not afraid to die. She knew where she was going and that she would see her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and get to dance with Dale again.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Jordan. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Jordan. Interment will follow in the Steve Fork’s Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Jordan is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials can be made to the Garfield County Ambulance Service & The Community Bible Church of Jordan, MT