Gladys Anna Rathbun, an Aberdeen resident of 62 years, passed away at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center on Sunday, December 2, 2012. She was 85. Gladys was born April 12, 1927 in Seattle to Vernon and Myrtle (Tilton) Bailey. She was raised in Dover, Idaho, attending schools in Sandpoint. She moved to the Grays Harbor area in 1946, taking permanent residence in Aberdeen in 1950.
Gladys married Charles Walker Rathbun on April 11, 1945. Their life together ended only at his passing in 1997, after 52 years of marriage. They had three children.
Gladys started her working career at a young age, working in the laundry at Farragut Naval Base in Idaho during WWII. On moving to Grays Harbor, she worked for Grays Harbor Paper, as well as Grays Harbor Veneer Plant in Hoquiam. She was co-owner and operator with her husband of Toni’s Tavern in Aberdeen, retiring after nine years in 1975.
She was a past member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aberdeen. Her family was everything to her, always there for them when needed. She enjoyed dancing with her husband, gardening, picking little wild black berries, and clam digging. She was well known for her knitting, crocheting and hand stitching, providing her product to family and friends alike.
Gladys is survived by her two sons, David (Nancy) Rathbun of Aberdeen and Pat (Lynn) Rathbun of Elma; and a daughter, Colleen (Stan) Obergh of East Wenatchee; grandchildren, Kirsten McBride of Pasco and Paul Obergh of Post Falls, Idaho; three great-grand daughters, Addison, Kennedy, and Grace; siblings, Vernon Bailey Jr. of Colburn, Idaho, Dorothy Perry of Post Falls, Idaho, and Jean Buck of Sandpoint, Idaho.
She was preceded in death by her life time love and husband, Charles; brother, Harold White; sisters, Eleanor Farrar, Florence Schauer, Rose Loar, Carol Buck, and Lois Quiggle.
A celebration of her life will be scheduled in the spring. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuaty.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.