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Gladys Rudroff

Gladys Rudroff, age 85 of Rich Fountain, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City on the 21st anniversary of her mother's death.

Gladys was born on her parent's 6th wedding anniversary, July 25, 1928, in St. Louis, a daughter to the late Rudolph and Gertrude (Talken) Edwards.

Gladys attended school at Chamois and Rich Fountain.

On April 13, 1948, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Stephen Rudroff at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rich Fountain. He survives of the home.

Gladys was a homemaker, in the past she was the secretary for her husband's dairy product distributorship and a bus driver for the area kindergarten class.

Gladys was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rich Fountain, where she was active in the prayer chain. She loved the Blessed Virgin Mary and made three trips to Medjugorje. Gladys was always available to help at the church wherever needed.

Gladys loved to travel especially going to the mountains. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, enjoyed canning and cooking. Gladys was a selfless host who always made sure that everyone ate first. She was a great story teller, with a wonderful sense of humor. Gladys was a very caring person who never knew a stranger.

In addition to her husband of 66 years, Gladys is survived by: five children, Ronald Rudroff and his wife Kathleen of Jefferson City, Karen Hunter Krueger and her husband Mark of Kennett, Terry Rudroff and his wife Ruth Ann of Linn, Nancy Nycum of Edwards, and Marla Travis and her husband Keith of Troy; one brother, Robert Edwards and his wife JoAnn of St. James; two sisters, Alice Nilges and her husband Fred of Linn, and Ann Fick and her husband Al of Colorado Springs; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Edwards of Jefferson City; 18 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Gladys was preceded in death by: three brothers, Raymond Edwards, Ralph Edwards, and Rudolph Edwards, Jr.; two sisters, Sr. LaLande Marie Edwards and Evelyn Fick; two son-in-laws, Terrence Hunter and Charles Nycum.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rich Fountain with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rich Fountain with Fr. Augustine Okoli, Fr. Philip Niekamp and Fr. James Finder as celebrants. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic School in Rich Fountain or the Vitae Foundation, 1731 Southridge Drive, Suite D, Jefferson City, MO 65109.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)

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Uncle Lawrence and family, Please know our thoughts and prayers have been with you during this most difficult time. Aunt Gladys was a genuine compassionate person who loved life to its fullest. Always a smile on her face and good to say about all. Gladys was a true handmaid of the Lord. Gladys always kept Jesus in her heart and her life reflected that. God Bless you. Love and Hugs to each of you.

Pam Stonner Jun 14 2014 12:00 AM

so sorry for the loss of your family member.

Jamieneuner Jun 14 2014 12:00 AM

I have so many memories of Aunt Gladys. I do not know where to start. Growing up on the farm in my early childhood I can recall her voice as well as my moms. Now they are in heaven together keeping eye on us.

janet meyer Jun 14 2014 12:00 AM

Gladys, I was so lucky to have you as a sister. You were one of the most beautiful inside and out people that I knew.. You are.. now with Dad,Mom, Marie, Ray and Verna Evelyn and Bert and Rudy.I'll love you forever

Alice and Fred Nilges Jun 13 2014 12:00 AM