Gladys Vendsel

Oct. 4, 1926 – Dec. 7, 2016

Gladys E. Carlson was

born on the farm by

Grano, North Dakota , on

10/4/1926. Gladys died

peacefully on December 7,

2016 in Minot, North


Gladys attended grade

school in Grano and gra-

duated from Mohall High

School in 1944.  She at-

tended college at Concor-

dia.  She married Harold

C. Gunning in January of

1945.  Harold was in the

Navy and Gladys  moved

to Seattle, Wa. and

worked until Harold was

released from the Navy.

They returned to farm by

Lansford, in Bottineau

county in 1946. Harold

died in 1975. Gladys

moved to Great Falls,

Montana until 1991 when

she moved to Mesa, Ar-

izona. She married Gerald

Vendsel  in 1990 and he

died June of 2014.  She

spent the summers from

1992 in Minot at the home

of her daughter and Lans-

ford at her sons until the

move back to Minot in

June of  2012,

Gladys was an accom-

plished seamstress, baker,

golfer, gardener and

homemaker.  She served

as a Girl Scout leader and

had a day camp at their

farm for girl scouts for

many years.  She served

on the North  Central Hu-

man Service Board.  She

was active in the Lansford

Lutheran church and Vel-

da Rose Methodist

Church in  Mesa,  Arizo-

na.   Gladys  was Worthy

Grand Matron of the

Eastern Star.  She was

runner up for Mrs. North

Dakota in 1962. She was a

state Senior Golf Cham-

pion of Montana.  Gladys

was a member of many

organizations in the retire-ment community,  Leisure

World,  in Mesa, Arizona.

She loved golf, bridge and

playing hostess.

Gladys is survived by 2

children, Craig Gunning

of Lansford and Janet

(Jim) Maxson of Minot.

Gladys was preceded in

death by parents and

brother, Glen Carlson of

Lansford.  Her surviving

sisters are Jean Brown

(Quam) Minot, and Geral-

dine (Robbie) Belk of Con-

cord, N. Carolina. Grand-

children are Kelly ,  Sa-

manatha, Garret, Matthew

Gunning,  and Jesse  (Jam-

ie) and Jacob ( Jerrica)

Maxson. Great-grandchil-

dren are Kiana Gunning,

and Elias, Joseph and

Metta  Maxson.  She is

survived by several nieces

and nephews and great

nieces and nephews.  She

is survived by many lov-

ing friends and family.  A

celebration of her life will

be on Saturday June 3,

2017 at 4 pm at the Gun-

ning farm.  Donations can

be made to the organiza-

tion of your personal