January 19, 1922 - October 13, 2018
Gladys Jeurink was born in Cripple Creek, Colorado, on January 19, 1922, and passed away on October 13, in Lincoln, at the age of 96. Gladys (Brown) grew up on the Burkhardt Cattle Ranch in Elbert County Colorado and received her education through the 8th grade. It was too far to commute for high school, so Gladys attained her diploma through correspondence study. In 1939 she enrolled at Union College in Lincoln.
In 1945 Gladys married Timothy Jeurink and to this union two children were born, Vera and Gary. Gladys was a life-long learner and being of sturdy, pioneer stock, she wasn't fazed when her college advisor informed her that, 'girls don't major in biology!' Gladys went on to get her biology degree and also her master's in Zoology and Ed. Psychology from the University of Nebraska.
She taught biology at Union before becoming a medical technologist and worked at Bryan Hospital and then later set up the first lab at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, where she worked until she was 77.
Gladys was known for her love of gardening, all animals, especially horses, dogs and birds. She was a member of the first Master Gardener program in Lincoln and it was her pride and joy to take the, 'plant of the week,' to the NET program 'Backyard Farmer' where she answered phone-in questions for almost 40 years. Gladys' yard was on many garden club tours, and her front door was always open to a friend or stranger alike. Gladys was a remarkable woman, ahead of her time in many ways, and left an impression on all those she touched.
Gladys is survived by her daughter Vera of Phoenix, Arizona, son Gary of Grand Island, and special friend and caregiver Bruce (B.J.) Ohme of Arcadia.
Per Gladys' wishes there will be no memorial service.