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Gladys Mae Bruett

October 20, 2019
Estherville News

Gladys Mae Bruett, 93, of Estherville passed away Oct. 17, 2019, at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at First Christian Church in Estherville, Iowa. Burial will take place at East Side Memorial Cemetery, in Estherville. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 at First Christian Church in Estherville, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.

Gladys was born Oct. 30, 1925, to Darold and Evelyn (Smith) Smith on a farm southwest of Lake Park, Iowa. She was raised by her grandparents Thomas and Elizabeth Smith and graduated from Excelsor Country School in 1943. On Sept 2, 1945, Gladys married the love of her life, George William "Bill" Bruett, at the Methodist Church in Estherville. To this union, five children were born, Becky, Susan, Mary, Mike, and Tammy.

Gladys worked at Woolworths, Casa Loma, VFW, Estherville Daily News, and did babysitting. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, canning, golfing, embroidery, and traveling. She traveled to New York, Canada, Arizona, The Black Hills, California, and Colorado. Gladys also enjoyed spending her free time at family outings, babysitting her grandchildren, and going for rides with Mike and their dogs. She was a member of the First Christian Church.

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Left to cherish Gladys' memory are her children, Susan Rink and her husband John, Mary Hobmeier and her husband Harry, Mike Bruett all of Estherville; Tammy Hoffman and her husband Darrell of Spencer; nine grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren; and her dog Willie. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, daughter Becky Dodge, parents Darold and Evelyn, grandparents Thomas and Elizabeth, brother Robert Smith, sister Shirley Sorensen, father and mother-in-law Henry and Katie Bruett.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Online condolences may be sent to



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