Gladys Irene Waldrop of Elk River died Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Aspen Park of Cascadia in Moscow. She was 93.
Gladys was born August 7, 1926 in Concordia, Kansas to William and Grace Rogers. The family moved west when she was a young girl. They settled in the Moscow area where Gladys finished school and worked at a pea packing plant for a time.
Gladys later moved to the Seattle area where she cleaned houses for very affluent folks. She and James “Jim” Waldrop met there and were married in Seattle on August 8, 1989. They continued to work in the area, and along the way, bought a “summer place” in Elk River where Gladys’s sister Mary lived. After Jim retired they moved to Elk River permanently. Gladys worked as a house keeper for WSU for a time as well.
Gladys won the golf cart races in the Elk River Community Days for six years in a row. She also was an avid doll collector.
She is survived by her husband, Jim, at their home in Elk River, a son Melvin (Vonnie) Kibbee of Moscow, a step-son, Jeff Waldrop in Elk River, along with 6 grand, 12 great grand and 7 great great grandchildren.
Gladys was preceded in death by a son, Raymond, sisters, Mary Griffin and Alice King and brothers, Steve and Charlie Rogers and a half- sister, Brenda Corbin.
There will be a viewing at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Monday, June 8th from Noon until 6:00 PM. A graveside service will be at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9th at the Three Pines Cemetery in Elk River. A reception and potluck dinner will follow at the Elk River Community Center.
The family suggests memorials be made to The Ronald McDonald House, 1015 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204.
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