Gladys Marie Wilson was born to Clyde and Grace Wilson in Clay Center, NE on May 16, 1921 and passed away on March 14, 2012 in Bruneau, ID at the age of 90. Maurice Dean Hartruft was born to Harry and Phoebe Hartruft on June 28, 1920 in Marengo, IA and passed away at an assisted living facility in Eagle, ID on July 25, 2017 at the age of 97. Internment services for both will be held at Sunset Memorial Park in Twin Falls, ID on Saturday, September 2, at Noon.
Maury moved to Twin Falls, ID in 1926. Gladys graduated a year early in 1939 in Clay Center. She then moved to Twin Falls in 1939. Maury went an extra year of high school (he took one woodshop class!) so he could play basketball where he was a standout at Twin Falls High School. They were married on October 22, 1944 in San Diego when Maury returned home from serving in the Navy in WWII. They were married for 67 years. They resided in Twin Falls until late 2011 when they moved to their daughter’s home in Bruneau. Gladys passed away there and then Maury moved with his daughter and son-in-law to Garden Valley, ID when they retired. He moved to assisted living in Eagle in the fall of 2015.
Gladys and Maury loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, telling stories about them to anyone who listened. Their children were sure something really strange happened when they started having grandchildren as grandchildren couldn’t do anything wrong and didn’t have any of the same rules that their children had growing up. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren have many fond memories of dinners at Grandma and Grandpa’s (Papa Maury to some!), shopping with Grandma and playing Uno with Grandpa.
Gladys worked from home making amazing custom draperies for many homes in the Magic Valley and Sun Valley area. She kept a beautiful and welcoming home and was an excellent cook. She did all of this on a very frugal budget, but you wouldn’t know it looking at her flower arrangements, color coordination, and design. Maury worked for Idaho Power for over 30 years while also working the small farm the family lived on at Curry Crossing. They both worked from sun up to sun down, keeping the place groomed and the farm going to ensure the kids had the opportunity to go to college.
Their favorite years were during their retirement going to Apache Junction, AZ for 6 months every year for over 25 years. Mom enjoyed playing bridge and golf, while Dad played tennis and golf at least 3 times a week right up until they couldn’t go there anymore in 2010. They met many new friends and enjoyed all of the activities that the Road Haven park had to offer.
Maury and Gladys were very hardworking, honest and social people. They instilled a strong work ethic in all of their children and emphasized honesty and integrity at every opportunity. They are survived by their children: Michael (Jo) Hartruft of Meridian, ID; Son-in-law Dave Severn of Spokane, WA; Son Gary Hartruft of Twin Falls, ID; and Daughter Vickie (Mike) Chandler of Garden Valley, ID. They are also survived by 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Maury is also survived by his sister Shirley Wells of Murray, UT. Gladys’ sister Kay Webb survives her. He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys, daughter Jan Severn, a grandson Brian, his parents, and 3 siblings. Gladys was also preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother.
The family would especially like to thank the staff at Edgewood Spring Creek Assisted Living, Keystone Hospice and Bella Vida Funeral Home. They all went above and beyond in their care of Maury. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Garden Valley Syringa Club Veterans Memorial Fund. Donations can be made at any Mountain America Credit Union to the G F W C Syringa Club Veterans Memorial Fund or to the Garden Valley Syringa Club via Vickie Chandler, 62 Valley High Rd, Garden Valley, ID 83622.