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.