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Obituary: Gladys J. Gilson

1931 ~ 2003

Gladys J. Gilson, age 72, passed away September 12th, 2003 while traveling through northern California.

Gladys was born June 15th, 1931 in Guthrie County, Iowa to Wilbur and Marie Linton. She was the oldest of three children, a sister Joyce (also deceased) and a brother Lyle. Gladys attended elementary school in Guthrie Center, Iowa and graduated high school from Des Moines, Iowa. She met her husband Duane at the age of 13 and later married at the age of 19. They moved to Provo, Utah in 1957 where her husband established a general contracting business. Gladys became a volunteer for the Utah National Parks Council scouting program in 1968 and continued to served as a volunteer for over 35 years. Some of Gladys' scouting positions include Den Mother, Webelos Leader, Council Committee member, Council Vice President of Cub Scouting, District Roundtable Staff, District Training Chairman, National Writing Committee for Cub Scout Academics, and first woman Vice President for Utah National Parks Council in 65 years to name a few. Her strive and determination has provided her many awards in scouting, some include: Den Leader Key, Den Leader Coach Key, Arrowhead Award, Scouter's Training Award, Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge, Provo Peak Award, Reflections of Excellence, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver Award, and Silver Antelope Award. Gladys was very devoted to scouting in many ways and to many programs within scouting. Gladys believed that the future of our country fell on the shoulders of our youth. Gladys also held other positions in life that should not go without mention: daughter, sister, mother, sister-in-law, aunt, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband Duane Gilson of Provo, Utah, her brother Lyle Linton and wife Marie of Salem, Utah, her son David Gilson, his wife Marie and two grandchildren Christopher and AJ of Aloha, Oregon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the LDS church located at 1498 East 800 South in Provo, Utah. The family will receive friends at a viewing prior to the services beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the same location. Services under the direction of Berg Mortuary of Provo.

Gladys will be greatly missed by her family and the many people she has met in her 35 + years of dedicated service to scouting.