Gladys Darlene (Hartsell-Paul) Conkling of Beverly, Ohio, formerly of Stanton, Iowa was born Aug. 28, 1921 to Mr. and Mrs. William and Martha Paul; upon the death of her mother in 1937, she was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Art and Emma Hartsell from Bridgewater, Iowa. She died Nov. 1, 2012 after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her brothers, sisters, and her husband, Bernard.
Gladys attended the Prescott Corning, Iowa schools and received her LPN license at a young age. She managed the Hartsell Nursing Home there in Bridgewater for several years. She continued to work as an LPN during her lifetime in Stanton and near-by Red Oak.
She met her husband, Bernard H. Conkling in 1952. They were married Jan. 3, 1953, in Creston, Iowa. They moved to an acreage North of Stanton in 1960 where they lived for thirty-six years. They had three children, Patricia Simpson (Robert), Darlene Maravilla (Larry), and Mark; all three children served in a branch of the United States Military. Gladys is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, two half brothers, a stepsister, and numerous nieces and nephews.
After retiring from nursing, Gladys kept busy on the acreage enjoying cooking, canning, sewing, crocheting, and embroidering. She made numerous baby quilts and afghans for family and friends. In 1997, they sold the acreage and moved to El Paso, Texas, living with their daughter, Darlene, and family until 2000 when she and Bernard move to Leon, Kan., to live with their son, Mark, and family. Gladys and Bernard moved one last time in 2002 to Beverly, where they resided with their daughter, Pat, and husband until their deaths.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday (Nov. 9, 2012) at Arlington Cemetery in Villisca, Iowa. Following the services, the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Community Room at the Stanton Fire Department.
Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.