Gladys Gussey, 99, Dickinson, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at CHI St. Alexius Dickinson. There will be a visitation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Pierce Congregational, United Church of Christ, Scranton. Interment will follow at the church cemetery with Pastor Janel Kolar officiating.
Gladys Ming was born on April 21, 1921 in Hume Township of Slope County, the daughter of William and Laura (Stafford) Ming. She had twin brothers, Ray and Fay. She grew up on the family farm southwest of New England. She attended the Reid School in rural Slope County. Gladys loved being outside and helping with jobs around the farm, especially with the animals. She cared for children and their families in the surrounding area.
Gladys met William Gussey when he worked on a threshing crew that came to her parent’s farm. Gladys and William were married on February 18, 1943 at the Congregational Church parsonage in New England. They raised their four children, Donna, Gary, James and Debra on their farm 15 miles southwest of New England.
She was a great cook and baker...there were always cookies ready whenever anyone stopped by. Gladys loved getting together with neighbors to visit or play cards (she often talked about how much she missed those times), she enjoyed being out with the animals, milking cows, taking care of calves, raising, chickens, turkeys and ducks and always a big garden.
She always loved to visit with people to her last days. Always a smile and loved to have family around. Gladys was independent and made daily trips to the desk at Evergreen for a piece of chocolate. She also enjoyed reading and word puzzles.
Gladys was a lifelong member of the Pierce Congregational, United Church of Christ of rural Scranton.
Her husband, William, passed away in 1975 and a few years later she moved from the farm to New England where she lived until 2017 when she moved to Evergreen in Dickinson.
Gladys is survived by her daughter, Debra (Rod) Freeburg; son-in-law, Bob Kortan; daughters-in-law, Nancy Gussey, April Gussey, and Rosemary Gussey; 12 grandchildren, David (Susan) Rodd, Julie (Tim) Burke, Caron (Don) Shultz, Kristen (Ryan) Stephens, Jody (Theresa) Gussey, Justin (Misty) Freeburg, Dustin Freeburg, Danny Freeburg, Seth Freeburg, Sarah (Shawn) Weishaar, Bill Gussey, and Steven (Jessica) Gussey; 20 great-grandchildren, Browdie Rodd, BayLee Rodd, Dalton Stephens, Grace Stephens, Emma Stephens, Landin Burke, Logan Burke, Ryan (Jenna) Shultz, Aubrey Weishaar, Lauren Weishaar, Madison Weishaar, Sam Weishaar, Kailee Gussey, Katrina Freeburg, Kaytlin Freeburg, Brooklin Freeburg, Brianna Freeburg, Cameron Freeburg, Damien Freeburg, Ian Gussey and James Gussey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; twin brothers, Fay and Ray; daughter, Donna Kortan; sons, Jim and Gary Gussey; granddaughter, Melissa Freeburg; sister-in-law, Carol Hovet; and nephew, Harold Ming. Arrangements are with Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, www.ladburyfuneralservice.com