Gladys Anna (Miller) Gross

October 24, 1919 - November 29, 2017

Gladys Anna (Miller) Gross, 98, formerly of Thornton, passed peacefully from this life to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 29, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, Iowa.

Gladys was born on the family farm one mile south of Burchinal on October 24, 1919, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Thiele) Miller. She graduated from Rockwell High School in 1937 and received her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI) in Cedar Falls. She continued her education in later years at Drake University, Mankato State University and NIACC.

Gladys began her teaching career in a one room rural school north of Thornton. During those years she met her future husband Buford Gross, the love of her life, at a dance in Thornton. They were married at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Rockwell, on May 28, 1941. They lived and farmed one mile south of Thornton for 52 years.

In 1957 Gladys returned to teaching in the second grade in the Meservey Community School and continued there for 25 years. In 1982 she retired from teaching and with her husband spent many wonderful summers at their home on Leech Lake in Minnesota. They enjoyed traveling in the area, fishing for the “big ones” and welcoming family and friends to their home.

Grateful for having the joy of sharing Gladys' life are her children; Nancy (Larry) Sheriff, Sheffield; Richard (Lori) Gross, Osage; Robert (Judy) Gross, Clear Lake; grandchildren; Matthew (Sheri) Sheriff, Norfolk, NE, Jennifer Sheriff, Sheffield; Lyndsay (Brendan) Murphy, Peachtree Corners, GA; Jordan (Sarah) Gross, St. Anthony, MN; Alison (Tom) Harris, Gilbert, AZ; Cooper (Mallory) Gross, Sioux Falls, SD and great grandchildren Jasi Sheriff, Oliver & Harry Murphy, Crosby & Sullivan Gross and Piper Gross.

At peace with her now in heaven are her husband Buford, her parents Anna and Henry; brother, Alvin; step-sister Helen (Miller) Anderson, an infant daughter; an infant son; and grandson Jason Sheriff.

A memorial service and interment is being planned by her family for the spring, 2018.