March 06, 2019

Gladys Catron, 96, of Ewing, Mo., died February 28, 2019 in Blessing Hospital.

Born August 30, 1922, in Altoona, Iowa, a daughter of Arthur R. Schmidt and Alta May Petefish Schmidt. She married Arthur Lowell Catron, Sr. on August 10, 1940, in Bethany Missouri. He died July 9, 2002.

Mrs. Catron was a member of the Ewing Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, gardener and seamstress. She had been employed by Carson Pirie Scott, Motorola, site director at Ewing Nutrition and was a foster grandparent at Ewing Elementary School. She worked in the ammunition plant in Des Moines, Iowa during WWII. Gladys was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants.

She especially loved being with her family, which has always been her priority. At fifteen, she dropped out of school to take care of her seven younger siblings when her mother died. The youngest was 3 weeks old. She has taken care of her family ever since, building a legacy, loving four generations. One of her proudest moments was recently holding her great-great grandson.

Survivors include a son, Loren Douglas Catron of Canton, MO, a daughter, Christine (John) Carter of Maywood, MO; a daughter-in-law, Mary Sue Catron, Maywood, MO; three sisters: Lola McKeever, California,Vivian Braswell, Arkansas, and Ella (Ray) Floyd, California; eight grandchildren: Kevin (Nila) Catron, Ewing, MO, Brenda (Gary) Givens, St. Louis, Todd Catron, Maywood, MO, Nelson (Kelly) Carter, Maywood, MO, Kristen (Brian) Ritterbusch, Maywood, MO, Debbie Catron, Laurie Catron, and Cynthia Catron; ten great grandchilden, four step great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son Arthur Lowell Catron, Jr., and a great-grand son, Zachary Givens; three sisters: Agnes Jarnagin, Alice Taylor, Barbara Wright; three brothers, Paul Schmidt, Merle Schmidt, and Kress Schmidt.

Funeral services were held March 5, 2019 in the First Baptist Church at Ewing, MO with Rev. Tim Smith and Rev. Dr. Jeff Brown officiating. Visitation was held March 4, 2019 at the Ball-Davis Funeral Home in Ewing. Pallbearers: Kevin Catron, Todd Catron, Gary Givens, Nelson Carter, Brian Catron, Jarrett Givens, Andrew Catron and Brian Ritterbusch. Honorary Pallbearers: Travis Catron and Garrett Catron. Music provided by: Linda Robertson, Organist and John Carter, Vocalist. Songs will be: Beyond the Sunset and Precious Lord.

Burial was in Durham Cemetery, Durham, Mo.
The family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the Durham Cemetery Association.

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