Bend - Gladys , 97,
passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on April 12,
2012. She was
preceded in death by her loving husband, Buford, in 1977.
She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Keyes Lyle and
son-in-law Boyd Lyle, grandson Jamie Lyle and daughter-in law
Kristen Lyle, great-grandson Aden Lyle, sister Bula Smith and many
nieces and nephews.
Gladys was born August
9,1914, in Eugene, Oregon to William and Sarah (Wilson) Weddle.
She was the youngest of 6 children, Cleo Hiatt, Marie Smith,
Wendel Weddle, Gloria Heater, Bula and Gladys.
Gladys lived most of her
life in Stayton close to many of her family who remained in the
Willamette Valley. There
she attended school, graduated from Stayton Union High School and
then attended business college in Salem.
Gladys wed Buford McCall
in August, 1958, and they enjoyed life with great friends and
family, traveling and exploring the outdoors, fishing, dancing,
and playing golf. They began by building their home with the help
of his brothers and friends, from the recovered yellow bricks and
materials of the Stayton schoolhouse where Gladys went to High
School and Pamela attended Junior High. They helped build the
first nine-hole Stayton Golf Course where they were charter
Gladys was a lifetime
member of Stayton Christian Church. She was also a friend of the
First Presbyterian Church of Bend since 2008 when she went to live
with her daughter's family. In 2010 Gladys moved to the Klahani
Home for Ladies and Gentlemen under the tender loving care of
Raquel Alexander who was like a daughter.
Gladys believed in her
family's philosophy of always reaching out to help others and
giving of herself. She gained many dear friends wherever she went
along her journey. She was a member of The Santiam Memorial
Hospital and various charities.
Throughout her whole
life from a very young age, she was passionately devoted to
animals. She enjoyed
watching wildlife and exploring nature. Like her mother she loved
flowers, visiting gardens and was a good gardener. Gladys was an
excellent bowler and played in several leagues until she was 93.
She was a good athlete since youth. She was a supporter of the
Salem Symphony and enjoyed a variety of music. She played the
She regularly attended
Oregon State basketball games. Gladys enjoyed traveling with her
daughter, family and friends. Like her mother she was a talented
life included jobs as a bookkeeper, working for the Shipyard in
Vancouver during WWII, and various jobs in banks in Portland and
Stayton. She retired August 9, 1974, from First Federal Savings
and Loan Association. She
was a member of Business and Professional Women (BPW) and
Gladys will be
remembered as a gracious lady and a joyful, gentle, kind and
generous soul with a beautiful smile.
She was an intelligent and wonderful mother, wife,
grandparent, sister, aunt and friend who was deeply loved and will
be sincerely missed. Viewing will be Thursday, April 19, 2012 from
3 – 8 pm Funeral Service will be Friday, April 20, 2012 at 1:00
pm at Stayton Christian Church in Stayton. Interment in Lone Oak
Cemetery, Stayton. Those who wish to make contributions in lieu of
flowers may contribute to Stayton Christian Church, or Willamette
Humane Society, Salem, OR or First Presbyterian Church of Bend, or
Partners in Care/Hospice, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend OR