Gladys ‘Birdie’ Tibbetts

Monday, November 21, 2016

Funeral services for Gladys “Birdie” Ilene Tibbetts, 91, of Peterson, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Union Methodist Church in Peterson.

Public visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the Warner Funeral Home in Peterson with family present from 3-6 p.m.

Burial will be conducted at Oakland Cemetery in Peterson.

Tibbetts passed away Nov. 18, 2016, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City.

Gladys, the daughter of Clayton and Myrtle (Prentice) Birchard, was born Feb. 3, 1925, in Ayrshire, Iowa. She graduated from Milford High School in 1942. Following graduation, she worked at the Fostoria Bank for four years.

Gladys was united in marriage to Wayne Bodenhamer on Nov. 10, 1946, and to this union, three children were born. Gladys married Howard Tibbetts on Jan. 5, 1980, in Peterson, Iowa. They lived in the Peterson area where she worked at the Peterson State Bank for 11 years. They enjoyed wintering in Mission, Texas, where she volunteered for 15 years. Gladys was a member of the United Methodist Church in Peterson and involved in United Methodist Women and Women’s Society of Christian Service. She was also a member of the Ladies Circle, Variety Club and a charter member of Peterson Heritage Club. She enjoyed sewing and craft works, as well as cooking meals and baking for others. Her greatest joy, were her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard, on Aug. 2, 2007; one son, Douglas Bodenhamer on May 8, 2010; two sisters: Madge Warner and Jennie Quee; and three brothers: Clarence, Herbert and Dale Birchard.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Karen Collette and husband, Bill of Jefferson, South Dakota, and Greg Bodenhamer and wife, Cheryl of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; daughter-in-law, Sue Bodenhamer of Denver, Colorado; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Alma “Tootie” Birchard and Linda Birchard, both of Spencer, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Peterson is in charge of arrangements.