|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1921|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 2014|
Lewis and Clark County
Gladys L. Gilbert (Cassidy) Cox passed away of natural causes on Monday, April 7, 2014, in Helena, at the age of 92, in the constant care of her family (and just a few hours shy of her 93rd birthday).
Born Gladys Louise Gilbert on April 8, 1921, in Livingston, Montana, she was the fourth of five children born to Philip Gilbert and Hedwig Uhl. She was raised on the Gilbert Rock Creek Ranch three miles east of Clyde Park, in the magnificent Shields Valley with the Crazy Mountains looming just a few miles east of the home place. She once commented that even though they were surrounded by such vast natural beauty, "it did not impress us children as much as it should have."
Gladys attended Pleasant View School and later Clyde Park High School, graduating in 1938. Memories of those formative years often spoke to the day-to-day challenges of farm life and the contributions made by "small hands." Despite hardship and heartbreak, Gladys remembered her upbringing fondly, including the Depression years, as a time of great connectedness. "Picnics, school dances, or perhaps a trip to Livingston to shop for a new dress," made for a rich-enough life and would come to define a woman who lived a life of gratitude and appreciation for the simple things in life.
Gladys graduated from MSU in Home Economics in 1942. In 1943 she married her high school sweetheart James (Jim) Cassidy of Clyde Park, who sadly died on Iwo Jima in 1945. She subsequently began her teaching career in White Sulphur Springs and later Baker, where she taught high school for five years.
Mountains met prairie, and on June 2, 1950, she married Wayne Cox, with whom she would spend the next fifty-seven years. She welcomed the next chapter of her life, as wife and mother, with an abundance of grace and patience, characteristics that were apparent to all that ever met her. To be in her presence was to feel safe and to know that the world is a good place. Six children were born to Gladys and Wayne between 1950 and 1959. The first four, Dan, Colleen, Julie, and Sid, came in quick succession. It made for a full and busy life ranching and farming in eastern Montana, as hired help needed to be fed in addition to all that was required to make a house a home for her growing family. Frequent visits by neighbors and nearby family meant food was never an afterthought. (Hospitality was Gladys's trademark, even in the middle of a workday.) Alas, twins were born, Bergetta and Katherine in Ekalaka, in summer 1959, confirming that life is full of surprises.
Gladys and Wayne lived in Helena for almost twenty years. While their spirits remained young, challenges to health and independence steadily grew. A fantastic group effort that included siblings, son-in-laws, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren, caregivers and friends made it possible for them to live at home for nearly all their lives. Son Heaven Assisted Living took watch of Gladys this past year and provided a loving home away from home.
Gladys is survived by son Dan (Hiromi) Cox of Baker, daughters Colleen Cox of Anchorage, Alaska, Julie Jessal of Eugene, Oregon, Katherine (Bill) Friley, Calgary, Alberta, and Bergetta (Lanny) Hubbard of Helena. In addition, seven grandchildren, who were loved and celebrated beyond measure by their grandparents, include Billy (Tetiana) Friley and Sam Friley of Calgary, Alberta, Erica White, Sydney Australia, Courtney Richlie, Eugene, Oregon, Anna Hubbard, Seattle, Washington, Leland Hubbard, Missoula, and Caroline Requa, Anchorage, Alaska.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband Wayne in 2007 and her son Sid in 2013, sisters Vera Bruggeman of Baker and Phyllis O'Rourke of Livingston, brothers John Gilbert and Allen Gilbert of Clyde Park. She leaves behind many cherish nieces and nephews in both the Gilbert and Cox families.
The family extends their gratitude to Drs. Lee Harrison and Basten and the nursing and hospice staff at St Peter's Hospital for their care (and patience) as we held vigil last week. Friends who came to say farewell to Mom while carrying gifts of food and sharing in conversation, thank you. We will reflect often on those acts of kindness that will help to heal our hearts.
Gladys will be honored on Friday, April 11, at Retz Funeral Home in Helena, 315 East 6th Ave. A welcome and viewing begins at 1:00 p.m. and funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, 309 N. Ewing.
Philip Horton Gilbert (1888 - 1959)
Hedwig Lucy Uhl Gilbert (1891 - 1971)
James Wolfert Cassidy (1919 - 1945)
Urvin Wayne Elsie Cox (1917 - 2007)
Sidney Wayne Cox (1953 - 2013)*
Vera Roberta Gilbert Bruggeman (1913 - 1995)*
John Horton Gilbert (1915 - 1990)*
Phyllis Lucille Gilbert O'Rourke (1919 - 2009)*
Gladys Louise Gilbert Cox (1921 - 2014)
James Allen Gilbert (1926 - 1933)*
Mountain View Cemetery
Plot: Ashes buried in Mother's plot
Created by: Nancy Stout
Record added: May 21, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 130140293