Aug. 25, 1927 -- Nov. 28, 2008
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Gladys Katherine Awtrey, age 81, died Nov. 28, 2008, at Stormont-Vail Health Center in Topeka.
She was born Aug. 25, 1927, in La Junta, Colo., the daughter of George and Katherine (Schimpf) Dorsch. Gladys had lived in Ulysses since 1963. She grew up near La Junta and graduated from La Junta High School.
She was a homemaker and helped her husband with the farm work. She was also involved with her children's and grandchildren's activities and enjoyed cooking and crafting.
Gladys was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ulysses.
Gladys married W.H. "Gene" Awtrey on Jan. 15, 1950, in La Junta. He preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 2005.
Survivors include three daughters, Rhonda Kay Bever and husband, Rick of Olathe, Kan., Sheila Rae Hachmeister of Topeka and Eugena Gay Hess and husband, Alan of Fruita, Colo.; one step-son, Richard Awtrey and wife, Brenda of Caldwell, Kan.; one daughter-in-law, Cathy Awtrey of Plano, Texas; one sister, Mollie Rush of Fort Morgan, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Aaron and Jason Hachmeister of Topeka, Lindsay O'Connor of Overland Park, Kan., Ashley Hess of Kearney, Brady Hess of Omaha and Wyatt Awtrey of Plano, Texas; three step-grandchildren, Lonnie, Cary and Gene Awtrey, all of Wichita, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband; son, Wayne Awtrey; brother, Alec Dorschand; and sisters, Leah Stark, Bertha Lanza and Elma Swann.
Funeral service were Dec. 2 2008, at First United Methodist Church in Ulysses with the Rev. Wayne Flanders officiating. Interment followed at the Ulysses Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Grant County Senior Center both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880.