|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1930|
|Death: ||Jun. 14, 2005|
Jan. 12, 1930 - June 14, 2005
Gladys (Arn) Newman, 75, of Albany died Tuesday at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
She was born in Osseo, Minn. She met her future husband, Joe Newman, in South Haven, Minn., and on April 13, 1946, they married in Minneapolis. They moved to the Albany area in 1950 and she devoted the next 30 years to raising their seven children.
Her love of people and her culinary talent led her to seek work in the restaurant industry. For over 10 years, she worked at Rubes Deli in Corvallis with her sister, Lila. She later worked at Newman's Donut & Deli in Albany. "Mom" Newman, as she was affectionately called, was particularly known for her fabulous soups and pies. She had many customers order specialty pies from her even years after quitting the restaurant business.
At an age when most people would think of retiring, she went to work for her son, Mike, pumping gasoline at Newman's Arco. This was before a canopy had been built to cover the pumps and cash drawer. The money would get so wet in the winter that she would take it home and use a blow dryer to dry it before taking it to the bank. During those crazy 'gas war' Tuesdays, she developed friendships with customers that would last the remainder of her life. In addition to pumping gasoline, she was the bookkeeper for Newman's 76 and Arco stations. She continued to work until her recent illness.
Family was everything to her. Family gatherings were spent playing hours of pinochle. She would take the game very seriously so if you were her partner, you better not make any mistakes. Following the meal, the family would dive into her yummy apple pies. They were so tasty that some would take extra slices and hide them from her before she attempted to take the leftovers home. Over the years, several family members spent time in the kitchen with her, trying to duplicate those pies. All of her children played softball and you could count on Gladys to attend all their games, where she always kept the stats. She especially enjoyed being around the youngest members of the family and rocking the young twins. When her husband was alive, they enjoyed traveling on long trips together. Mr. Newman died on Jan. 12, 1999.
Gladys will be remembered for her steadfast devotion and trust in the Lord. When she learned that her cancer had returned, she faced the news calmly and with a peace that was truly a comfort and blessing to her family. During her lengthy stay at OHSU, following surgery, she was an inspiration to family and the medical staff. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
For many years she was an active member of the Spring Hill Alliance Church until it closed earlier this year. She had just recently become a member of the Riverside Baptist Church.
Surviving are sons Mike (Roberta) and Shay (Ruth) of Albany, Earl (Bonnie) of Reno, Nev., and Joe Jr. (Jeannie) of Fridley, Minn.; daughters Debbie Downey of Albany, Linda Newman of Salem and Darlene (Art) Hawley of Woodburn; sisters Lila George of Albany and Gertrude Dackins of Mankato, Minn.; brother Charles "Butch" Arn of Vancouver, Wash.; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and three special nieces.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at AAsum Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Riverside Baptist Church on Springhill Drive in Albany, followed by a private family graveside service at Willamette Memorial Park Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Riverside Baptist Church, in care of AAsum Funeral Home, 805 Ellsworth St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.
Joseph Newman (1920 - 1999)*
Willamette Memorial Park
Created by: Sherry Hess
Record added: Sep 15, 2010
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