Gladys B. Knispel passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday evening, Dec. 14, at Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney. She was two months short of her 100th birthday.
She was preceded in death by her parents, W.A. and Abbie Haddix; two husbands, Delmar C. Edson and Delbert R. Knispel, and her four brothers.
She is survived by her six children, Bonnie Andriko-pouloa of Denver, Colo., Shirley White of Bullhead City, Ariz., Betty Schall of Kansas City, Mo., Karen Aubrey of Dallas, Texas, Ronnie Edson of Kearney, and Bobby Edson of Elm Creek; three step-children, Mike Knispel of Minden, Craig Knispel of Kearney, and Peggy Dobberstein of Edmond, Okla.; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Gladys has a passion for gardening and was known as a great cook and a meticulous housekeeper. She loved all types of animals and always had pet cats and dogs. Her last pet cat, Peaches, preceded Gladys in death about a year ago.
Gladys worked at many jobs during her life, including as a sales clerk at J.C. Penney and as a demonstrator for Wal-Mart until retiring at the age of 90.
Gladys was born on a farm near Mason City, and lived her entire life in Central Nebraska. Gladys personified every characteristic of the pioneering spirit of the early inhabitants of Central Nebraska and was a sterling example to all who knew her.
The funeral was Dec. 19, 2012, at the Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney with interment following at the Kearney Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Aseracare Hospice or Peterson Senior Activity Center.
Please visit www.hlmkfuneral.com  to leave a message of tribute or condolence. Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 27, 2012