Gladys Eileen (Hemry) Hjartarson passed away peacefully in her sleep Oct. 16, 2022, one week after her 97th birthday.
A family burial has taken place with a celebration of life to be scheduled at later date.
She was born to Ralph and Esther Hemry on Oct. 9, 1925. She joined sister Irma and brother Harold on the farm east of Brady. She attended school in Brady, graduating high school in 1943. She went on to receive her teaching certification from Great Falls College of Education on June 22, 1945.
Gladys’ first teaching job was at Ethridge, Mont., where she met Steinthor “Stan” Hjartarson. They were married in Cut Bank on Jan. 1, 1947. In 1948 they purchased a farm north of Cut Bank. During this time, they welcomed sons Raymond in 1949 and Willard in 1953. In 1979 they retired and moved to Cut Bank.
After the passing of her husband in 1981, Gladys worked part-time at the Glacier Country Library until she retired in her early 80s. During this time she enjoyed traveling with friends by bus or car. She also enjoyed vacations to Europe and Hawaii with family members. She loved a good game of bridge or a chance to dance.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan; son Raymond; and granddaughter Tami.
She is survived by son Willard (Nancy) Hjartarson of Cut Bank; granddaughter Heather (Ryan) Ellis of Lynwood, Wash.; grandsons Jason Hjartarson of Peculiar, Mo., Steven (Bess) Hjartarson of Cut Bank, and Mike Ellis of Hillsboro, Ore.; great-granddaughters Emily and Ashley Ellis; and great-grandsons Jacob and Bradley Hjartarson and Gavin and Preston Ellis.
Condolences can be shared at www.asperfh.com.