Gladys Emma Marie nee’ Ebert Strauch, 102, of Maryville, MO, passed away at Oak Pointe on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Gladys was born to John and Emma nee’ Klute Ebert near Westboro, Missouri on October 17, 1921. She graduated from Westboro High School in 1939 and attended Northwest Missouri Teachers College. After graduating in 1943, she taught second grade at Eugene Field in Maryville for 2 years.
On May 28, 1944, she married Cleo Leonard Strauch at St. John’s Lutheran Church near Westboro, MO. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1994 and Cleo passed away on July 10, 1994. Gladys played an active role in helping her husband farm near Wilcox, MO.
She was a member of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Maryville and Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Westboro. She was active in LWML and enjoyed helping make quilts for the Orphan Grain Train projects at church. Gladys was a member of the Shell Grove Club, serving as President for many years. She was a leader in the Wilcox 4-H Club while her children were growing up and was an excellent seamstress, making quilts for all her grandchildren. She was also a member of Widow Persons and Mutual Betterment Society.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, husband Cleo, infant twin daughter’s Katherine Jane and Karen Ann, brother’s Arthur, Lester and Raymond Ebert, and daughter-in-law Mary Strauch
Survivors: daughter’s Judy (Frank) Leyhe, Broomfield, CO, Rebecca (Richard) Hanna, Maryville, MO. and son John Strauch, Westboro, MO. Grandchildren Scott (Kari) Johnson and Jeffrey Johnson; Stacy (Jeremy) Mason, Christy (David) Yaksic, Eric Hanna, Matthew (Marisa) Strauch and Katherine LittleJohn; step-grandchildren Betsy (David) Knight and Frank Leyhe, Jr.; great-grandchildren Payton, Cleo Marie and Samantha Johnson; Carter, Kennedy and Pierce Strauch; Jenna and Jared Mason; Kendra and Joseph LittleJohn; Madelyn and Sydney Yaksic; and Zane Johnson; step great-grandchildren Allison, Maggie, Emma and Jack Knight; Aaron Leyhe, Levi Germann and Brayden Miller. She is also survived by nephew Dr. R.C. (Judy) Ebert II, Pleasant Hill, MO; nieces Candice (Milton) Sullivan, Charlotte, NC and Mary Ann (Jim) Fisk, Gilbert, AZ.
Services will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at the Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Westboro, MO. The burial will follow in the Saint John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Friends may stop by the Bram Funeral Home on Monday, November 13th, in the afternoon, and on Tuesday up until 10:30 AM to sign the register book.
Memorials are suggested to the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 931 S. Main St., Maryville, MO, 64468, or to the Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 22192 State Highway B, Westboro, MO 64498.
Services are under the direction of the Bram Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.