Gladys Nobles, 79, formerly of Wallowa County, died Sept. 1 at an assisted living center in Pendleton. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at Enterprise Elks Lodge. Dinner will follow immediately. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys was born Sept. 13, 1931, to Jesse C. Crader and Inez E. Morgan Crader on Upper Imnaha. She graduated from Joseph High School in 1950.

She married James “Jim” B. Nobles June 25, 1955, in Lewiston, Idaho. They were married for 43 years. Jim and Gladys had four children: J.D., Debbie, Tammy and Eddie.

The couple ranched and farmed the Century Nobles Farm homestead during those 43 years. Gladys lived on the ranch until she broke both hips in April 2008.

Gladys was involved in WC Cowbelles and 4-H and FFA programs. She was a chaperone for a lot of children’s functions. Gladys was also Redneck Round Queen in 2002.

Gladys is survived by her son, J.D. and his wife, Deena, of La Grande and his children; daughter, Debbie Gilbert and her husband, Tim, of Joseph, and their children; daughter, Tammy Sundin of Pendleton and her children; five great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and her sister, Nadine Henry and her husband, Don, of La Grande.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; parents, Jesse and Inez; step-dad, Wick; sister, Norma; and son, Eddie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Enterprise football program, the Wallowa County Humane Society or 4-H and FFA programs.


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