Gladys Idell Barks, age 101, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson.

She was born January 15, 1914 in Sedgewickville, MO, daughter of Joe and Daisy Johnson Thiele. She and Leo L. Barks married August 16, 1933. He preceded her in death February 18, 1954.

Gladys attained a teaching certificate at the former Southeast Teacher’s College in Cape Girardeau.  She taught two years at the former Roe School in Sedgewickville before she and Leo were married.  She worked 14 years as a cook for Sedgewickville School, and 19 years in the bakery/deli department at the former Schaper’s IGA in Jackson. Gladys was a former member of Sedgewickville Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed in 1926, and played piano at services for 30 years.  She moved to Jackson in 1969 and became a member of Emanuel United Church of Christ.  She played the piano for special events at the church, was a member of the Friendship Circle, and the eldest member of the congregation.  Gladys loved “Tuesday/Lunchday” with her family at her home, and enjoyed playing cards, especially pitch and pinochle, and traveling with bus tours.

Loving survivors include a daughter, Anna Lee (Don) Hahs of Jackson; a son, Larry Joe (Ruth) Barks of Jackson; four grandchildren, Barbara Hahs, Gary (Ashley) Hahs, Timothy (Karen) Barks, and Michael (Clarissa) Barks; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded by a granddaughter, Minndi Jo Barks and a great-granddaughter, Robin Barks.

Friends may call from 3-6 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral will be at 10:00 AM Monday, April 20, 2015 at the funeral home with the Rev. San Roethemeyer officiating.

Interment will be in Sedgewickville Cemetery.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Emanuel United Church of Christ, Southeast Hospice, or Jackson Senior Center.

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