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Gladys Smith EberhardtCLERGY
Rev. Tom Petersen
Organist ~ Glee Deutscher
“Great is Thy Faithfulness”
“In The Garden”
“How Great Thou Art”
Gladys Theodora Eberhardt was born Friday, October 6, 1916 at Molan, South Dakota to John Odin and Anna (Hanson) Johnson. The family moved to Olivet, South Dakota in 1918. Gladys attended Olivet Elementary School and graduated from Olivet High School in 1935. Gladys was united in marriage to Lloyd Smith on July 8, 1938 at Marion, South Dakota. After Lloyd died in June of 1962, Gladys began working at the Farmer’s & Merchant’s State Bank in Scotland. She married Walter Eberhardt in September of 1969 at the United Methodist Church in Scotland. She worked at the bank for 17½ years, retiring on January 1, 1980. Gladys will be remembered for her wonderful cooking and baking, and her specialty was Danish coffee cake and all kinds of pies. She enjoyed entertaining her grandchildren very much. Walter died in June of 2000, and Gladys moved to Minnesota in August of 2004 to be near family. Soon after, she became a resident of Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan and it is there that she passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2011, having attained the age of 94 years, 7 months, and 13 days.
Gladys is survived by two sons: Gene (Kathy) Smith of Lester Prairie, Minnesota and Bob (Marty) Ritter of Brookings, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Brian Smith of Loretto, Minnesota, Joelle Jung of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Keven Smith of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Shannon Walker of Phoenix, Arizona, Todd Ritter of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and Kristen Beenan of Shakopee, Minnesota; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, John and Anna Johnson, Gladys was preceded in death by her first and second husbands, Lloyd Smith and Walter Eberhardt, a stillborn daughter, Wava Ruth Smith in 1940, a son, Gary Smith in December of 1965, and three brothers, Ed Johnson, Elmer Johnson and Kermit Johnson.
Gladys was an extra special lady with a smile for everyone. She was a lovely wonderful caring lady. I remember her as a special Sunday school teacher and as a wonderful cook. She was a special giving lady. Special thoughts and prayers are with the family. Judy Gran Marn
Judy Gran Marn Jul 14 2011 6:28 AM
Gene and the entire Smith-Eberhardt family, I Heard about the passing of Gladys Sunday at the Scotland United Methodist Church. As a classmate of Gary, I remember the Smith family well from my high school years. Also remember my long phone conversation with Gene about a year ago. The "Class of 62" always remembered Gladys at our reunions ... unfortunately, it has been a long time since our last and the next reunion is supposed to be in 2012. Since my mother passed on May 2, I understand the emotions of losing ones mother while at the same time celebrating the many years that we enjoyed our mother's company and the blessing of he Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren getting to know their Great-Grandmother.
Del Gran (SHS Class of 1962) May 23 2011 11:46 AM
I remember Gladys well from all the times I visited my Dad and family in Scotland. It was always a good visit with her. She has earned her reward. May she rest in peace. Katherine Schmidt, Chandler, AZ
Katherine Schmidt May 22 2011 8:06 AM
Gladys was a kind neighbor and friend. May she rest now in peace.
Craig and Dorene Winckler May 21 2011 5:21 AM