Gladys I. Harsin passed away June 4, 2013 at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville at the age of 96. Gladys was born at the family homestead in Banner County Nebraska on Jan. 17, 1917 to Thomas W. G. and Eula (Cronn) Cox.
Gladys moved with her family when she was five-years-old to Hillsboro, Oregon. After several moves, the family settled in Haines, Oregon, where she attended school and met Harold Harsin. After high school, the couple was married on August 2, 1937 in Baker, Oregon. Harold worked for Turtaling ConstrucÂ¬tion before and during WWII building airports for the United States Air Force in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nebraska. The growing family followed the crews as they moved from job to job.
Dad and his fellow workers drove the equipment to the next site and some of the wives followed them in cars with their chilÂ¬dren, towing trailers and all of their belongings to the next site, going on ahead to find housing and getting them ready for the men when they arrived. After the war, Harold took a job as an operator at the local power plant outside of Haines, Oregon until the family moved to Colville in 1951 after purchasing Kleins Welding shop and a home.
Gladys became a member of the United Methodist Church and joined the church guild. Gladys also became a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Colville, which later merged, with the Kettle Falls Order when membership was down. Mother also helped with Jobs Daughters when her daughter, Lorraine, joined the organization. Gladys loved her garden and flowerbeds and all of the kids were required to help keep them up.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Eula; her husband, Harold, and all of her siblings; three brothÂ¬ers, Archie, Glenn, and Gene; and 10 sisters, Doris, Edith, Edna, Ethel, Florence, Josephine, June, Lois, Velma and Violet.
She is survived by her four children, Lorraine S. George, Colville; Grant M. and Mary Harsin, Colville; Robert Hugh Harsin, Colville; Janet Elsie Harsin, Colville; Harold Ronald Harsin, Kettle Falls; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchilÂ¬dren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephÂ¬ews, and cousins.
A memorial service for Gladys will be held at 11 a.m. on June 21 at the Colville Community Church, with a luncheon to folÂ¬low.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.