Gladys Unhjem Ebreck, age 95, of Crosby, N.D., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Center in Crosby.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby, with Pastor Rob Garton officiating. Burial will follow at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Crosby. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Stakston-Martin Funeral Home in Crosby.
Gladys Paulson was born to Martin and Maggie (Gorder) Paulson, on Dec. 8, 1916, in Westby, Mont. She lived her childhood on a farm, where her parents homesteaded and her father broke new sod with a team of oxen. She attended school in Westby, where she played basketball and went by the nicknames "Gladdy or Happy" which suited her lively and fun personality. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
Life took a serious turn upon the death of her mother and Gladys moved with her siblings to their father's farm west of Crosby. As was a custom of the times, Gladys began working for a nearby farm family. She was a hired girl for Mr. and Mrs. Ole Haugo and helped with their young daughter, Theresa. It was 1934 and during this time that she met and married a young Troy Township farmer named Knute Unhjem. Knute and Gladys farmed and raised four children while living on the family farm southwest of Crosby. Knute died from cancer in 1966 and Gladys began a new chapter in her life.
Gladys taught Sunday school at Concordia Lutheran Church and saw that her kids attended. She was a member and officer of the Parent Teacher Association during the '50s and encouraged her children to participate and be involved in the school experience and to seek higher goals and education.
In 1968, Gladys married John Ebreck from Hawkeye Township, south of Crosby, and John became her soul mate and love of her life for the next 44 years. Together they farmed and traveled and shared the love and care of more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gladys became a member of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary and continued to enjoy many fishing trips with John as well as dozens of school activities for grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gladys and John owned a cabin at Black Tail Dam for a number of years and their circle of friends continued to grow. Cooking for her family, pinochle parties with friends and even a dance or two made for many years of happy memories for Gladys and John. Reading books about pioneer families and writing poetry were additional interests for Gladys. Gladys had one of her poems published and it appeared in a publisher's collection on the Internet.
Gladys was preceded in death by: her parents, Maggie and Martin, and her stepmother, Ruth Aalund Paulson; her first husband, Knute Unhjem; son, Donald E. Unhjem; great-grandson, Donald K. Unhjem II; and grandson, Scott S. Unhjem. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Trina Meeker Hulse and Helen Austin; brother, Marvin O. Paulson; half sister, May DeBusk, and half brother, Maynard Paulson; and a stepsister, June Paulson.
Gladys is survived by: her husband of 44 years, John T. Ebreck, of Crosby; and her three children, Kenneth (Kay) Unhjem, Elizabeth Muscutt-Moudy and Marletta (Stuart) Hodgeman. Also surviving are her seven grandchildren, Kent (LuAnn) Unhjem, Donald K. Unhjem, Lance (Christine) Muscutt, Brent (Laurie) Muscutt, Kathryn (Jason) Bakewell, Stuart (Laurie) Hodgeman Jr. and granddaughter Sonja and her mother, Alynda Asher, of Texas. Also surviving are 12 great-grandchildren, Nicole (Rodney) Johnson, Marissa (Dustin) Loucks, Caitlyn Unhjem, Lexie Unhjem, Jessica Taylor, Joshua Muscutt, Johan Muscutt, Mackenzie Muscutt, Evan Bakewell, Kasha Bakewell, Avery Hodgeman and Emme Hodgeman; two great-great-grandchildren, Elydie and Pax Johnson. Also surviving Gladys are her half brother, Duane Paulson, and his sister, Barbara, and also a very special sister-in-law, Ruth Paulson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby is in charge of arrangements.