Gladys Marie Grabe was born June 7, 1920, the daughter of William and Minnie (Meyer) Grabe. She grew up in the Pierson area. She was a member and was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, rural Correctionville.
After graduation from high school, she attended Iowa State College. Gladys graduated with a bachelor's degree in home economics in 1943 and received a master's degree in home economics education in 1956.
She taught high school home economics at Jefferson, Guttenberg, East Waterloo, Spencer and Logan. She served as an assistant professor and supervising teacher trainer in home economics education for Iowa State University for 5 years. She spent 30 years as the Home Economics Consultant for the Area Schools and Career Education Division of the Iowa Department of Education.
Gladys retired in 1988 and continued to reside in Des Moines until 2004 when she moved to the Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames.
Gladys was active in many state and national professional associations including lifetime memberships in the American Home Economics Association, Association for Career Technical Education, American Vocational Association, and the Iowa Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In addition, she was a lifetime member of the Iowa State Alumni Association.
Gladys enjoyed attending cultural events, was an avid Iowa State Cyclones fan, traveled extensively in the United States and overseas and enjoyed keeping track of her families' activities.
She is survived by her brother, Don and Lorna Grabe, of Sisters, Ore.; nieces and nephews, Mark and Cindy Grabe, of Grand Forks, N.D., Dan Grabe, of Kingsley, Bill and Nancy Grabe, of Marshalltown, Ruth and Ken Young, of Klamath Falls, Ore., Ted Grabe, of Redmond, Ore., Tim and Sue Grabe, of Portland, Ore., and Anne Grabe, of Corvallis, Ore.; and several great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother and his wife, Henry Marvin and Frances Grabe.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson - Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The Rev. Lorene K. Glant of Salem Lutheran Church, rural Correctionville, will officiate. Burial will follow at the Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday and will continue until the service.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.