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Memorial for Gladys Marie Sonne

Born in Camp Crook, SD on Jul. 2, 1933
Departed on May 25, 2017 and resided in Albany, OR.
 
Visitation: Thursday, Jun. 1, 2017
Service: Friday, Jun. 2, 2017
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Gladys Marie Sonne passed away on May 25, 2017, at home with the people she loved. Gladys was born near Camp Crook South Dakota. She was the youngest of 9 children born to Stener and Ida Stenerson. She grew up in Camp Crook and attended school until the 8th grade. She was not able to complete high school because the high school in Camp Crook burned and her parents could not afford to send her to Buffalo for high school. Gladys married the love of her life David Sonne on January 16th, 1963 in Spearfish, South Dakota. They had 7 children Carrie Wynn, Albany Oregon, Nancy (Phillip) Mitchell, Stayton, Oregon, Curtiss (Kris) Sonne, LaComb Oregon, Steven(Sharrie) Sonne, Tangent Oregon, Warren Sonne, Albany Oregon, Barbara (Bernie) Horton, Albany Oregon, and Clark Sonne, Albany Oregon.
In 1965, they decided to move off the ranch and left South Dakota for Frenchtown, Montana where they lived near Gladys's brother Charlie and his children. Then in 1969 they moved to Albany Oregon after visiting David's brother. After about a year they were able to purchase a house in the Crabtree area where they stayed until moving to LaComb. After the death of David, she moved back to Albany where she continued to live until her death.
Gladys loved people and animals, she would take in any stray that happened upon her doorstep. She had a motherly way about her that attracted people to her and she often joked that she had more "adopted children" than biological. When she first moved to Oregon she was in awe of all the fruits and vegetables that were available! Many nights and days were spent picking and canning anything she could get her hands on. She would take her children to the local fields and pick berries, beans and whatever else she could find so that at the end of the season we could pick for ourselves for free.
She was a self-taught accordion player and could often be found playing either her accordion or her organ for the farm animals. She also took in children to baby sit and often the children did not want to go home when their parents came to pick them up. She provided her children with a strong stable home and often would have homemade bread and soup or hot chocolate waiting for them when they got home from school. She loved bingo and slot machines and took several trips to Reno, her last one about 2 years ago. She was a regular at the American Legion Bingo in Albany until her illness got the best of her. Another passion was little league baseball which she watched religiously on television whenever she could.
She is survived by her children, 22 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, sister in laws Verna Stenerson, Dorothy Bland, Nora Sonne, and Thelma De Forrest, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Paul, Edson, Stener, Jack, Jerry, Charlie, and Bert, her sister Minnie, husband David, and granddaughter Ashley Horton.
Viewing will be Thursday June 1st from 4-6 pm at Fisher Funeral Home in Albany, Oregon. Funeral services will be Friday June 2nd at 10 am at Fisher Funeral Home. A celebration of life will follow services at the American Legion Post 10 in Albany.
  

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