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Gladys Dugger

September 6, 1920 February 25, 2020
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GLADYS MAY (SEYMOUR) DUGGER age 99 of Clarinda, Iowa, passed away at Goldenrod Manor on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Gladys was born on September 6, 1920 to Otto Warren and Mary Anne (Shores) Seymour. Gladys was born in Nortonville, Illinois, Morgan County. Gladys was the youngest of 6 older brothers. When she was a year old, her family followed the wheat harvest while living out of grain bins, railroad cars, and tents. At age 4, her family moved and settled in Anderson, Iowa; where she spent most of her growing up years. Gladys quit high school in her junior year, due to lack of family finances, but in 1966 she tested out and received her GED through Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda, Iowa. She always said "she went through high school with her daughter Anne".

Gladys married Walter Dale Dugger on February 20, 1940, in Rock Port, Missouri, at the courthouse. Gladys and Dale had known each other all their lives. Their families had both moved from Illinois and settled in the Anderson-Sidney area. Dale had watched Gladys grow up, and he was friends with her brothers and had helped her father farm. Gladys used to go to the river bottom at an early age around 8 years old and would cook the boys their meals and ride the tow bar of Dale's tractor as he farmed. A fun fact was that Dale was 13 years older than Gladys. Gladys and Dale lived in a river shack on the West Nishnabotna River when they were first married and Dale farmed. Gladys always talked about special friends and neighbors coming to visit, cooking good food to eat, and the egg crates on the wall to put the dishes in.

Gladys always mentioned neighbors: Deiley and Clyde. Deiley always told granny "peace of mind is worth it all". Gladys and Dale soon moved to Chicago, Illinois to help with the war effort. Gladys worked at Montgomery Ward and Dale worked for Archer Daniel Midlands. In 1943, Dale was drafted into World War 2, and Gladys returned to Iowa and purchased a farm in Taylor County near Gravity. There she raised mostly cattle and hogs, boarded school teachers, and worked many various jobs. Dale returned from the war in 1945 and had earned two bronze stars. In 1946, they had one daughter, Hilda Anne. Gladys and Dale lived a simple and happy life on the farm for over 60 years. Gladys was involved in a neighborhood club called "The Wild Rose" and was an active member of the Gravity Christian Church.

Gladys had a faithful and steadfast spirit as she raised and supported her daughter, granddaughters and great grandsons and great granddaughters, as long as she was able. She was known for her hospitality and sharing her home with family, neighbors, and friends, and there was always good food and laughter that surrounded her kitchen table. She always had coffee on and time for a break in between her farm labors. She was widely known for her delicious pies and Sunday spreads! Family and friends have always enjoyed "Short and Glads" hospitality! In 2003, Gladys sold her farm and moved to Clarinda to live and to be near her great grandsons. Her exact words were "You are not leaving me here alone, I'm going with the boys!"

In October of 2013, Gladys moved to West Ridge Nursing Home due to her failing health. Her friendship and love will be greatly missed! Gladys is survived by her two granddaughters, Rebecca Anne Christie and Melissa Kay Basurto; six great grandsons (Rebecca's) Richard Lee (Daniel), Riley Dale and wife Stephanie, Ryan Joel and fiance` Lilliana, and Ross Raymond, (Melissa's) Ruben Dale and Isaac Nathaniel; one great granddaughter (Melissa's) Emily Elizabeth; and three great-great grandchildren: (Riley's) Kiley Marie and Cooper Dale; (Ryan's) Tyten Ryan.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA, with Pastor James Patterson of New Life Assembly in Clarinda, IA officiating. Visitation will be with the family from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Saturday at the Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at the Sidney, Iowa Cemetery. Memorials will go the New Life Assembly Church of Clarinda or the Clarinda Regional Health Center Ambulance Service. The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA is in charge of arrangements.

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Visitation

Saturday

29

Feb

10:00 AM 2/29/2020 10:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 2/29/2020 10:30:00 AM
Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel Sidney

500 South Main Street
PO Box 128
Sidney, IA 51652

Visitation with the Family Greeting Friends

Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel Sidney
500 South Main Street Sidney 51652 IA
United States

Service

Saturday

29

Feb

10:30 AM 2/29/2020 10:30:00 AM
Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel Sidney

500 South Main Street
PO Box 128
Sidney, IA 51652

Funeral Service

Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel Sidney
500 South Main Street Sidney 51652 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Sidney Cemetery Final Resting Place

Foote Street and East Street
Sidney, IA 51652

Foote Street and East Street Sidney 51652 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Clarinda Regional Health Center Ambulance Service

New Life Assemblly Church of Clarinda, IA

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