Gladys Verhulst


At 5:55 p.m. April 7, 2022, Gladys M. Verhulst, 80, of rural Ottumwa, was escorted to the gates of Heaven with a song and the love of her daughters and others who were with her while at Serenity Hospice House in Oskaloosa.

She was born April 5, 1942 in Iowa City to Harold and Elsie Kurst Floyd. Gladys married Gary Lane Steele on June 27, 1959 and they later divorced. She married Michael Joseph Verhulst on August 15, 1986 and he preceded her in death on April 25, 2018.

Gladys worked for over 10 years as a cook for Eddyville schools and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and reading.

Surviving are her four daughters, Cynthia (Donald) Gordon of Ottumwa, Sherri (Dennis) Small of Las Vegas, NV, Wanda Steele of Kirkville and Tamra Cone of Fremont; three step-sons, Mark (Wendy) Verhulst of Peosta, Kevin Verhulst of Ottumwa and Ryan Verhulst of Washington, DC; 12 grandchildren, David, Amber, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Sheena, Staci, Shannon, Heather, Carter, Gabriel, Desiree and Azalea; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Wells of Anamosa and Judy Floyd of Maquoketa; a brother, Ted Coffman of Washington state.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; a great-grandson, Trever Lane Gordon; two brothers, Kenny and Raymond; three sisters, Hazel, Bonnie and Linda; and her foster parents, Jim and Bettie Coffman.

Visitation will be open after 9 a.m. Thursday, April 14th, at Reece Funeral Home with family present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday April 15th at Reece Funeral Home with Dan Smith officiating. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed live on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society, Serenity Hospice House or for masses at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

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