Gladys Welty Hawley died on Nov 18, 2011 at her home at the Good Shepherd Haven in Port Angeles, Washington, surrounded by her children. A memorial service will be scheduled in Dubois, Wyoming, sometime in early July 2012. Gladys had a lifelong love affair with Wyoming, and it was always her wish to return home some day.
Gladys was the youngest of 3 children, born in Lander, Wyoming, in 1920 to Frank A. and Gladys Welty. She attended elementary school in Dubois, high school in Lander and Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles. Upon graduation, she returned to Wyoming to work for her father in Welty’s General Store. It was here that she met Paul Hawley whom she later married in Anchorage, Alaska, in March of 1941. They lived in Anchorage until 1942, when Paul enlisted in the Navy during WWII. Gladys moved back to Dubois to be with her parents and moved again with them and new baby, Pauline, to Cheyenne to wait out the war. Following the war, Gladys and Paul returned to Anchorage for a short time before returning to Dubois. Here they raised their seven children with Paul working at Welty’s General Store. Gladys worked at times in Welty’s General Store and at Dubois Elementary School, but her primary focus was upon raising her children. She was involved in her children’s activities and was their constant supporter.
Between the years of 1968 and 1970, the Hawleys moved with their three youngest children to Oliver, British Columbia, where they ran an orchard. After their return to Wyoming in 1970, they remained in Dubois until 2005. At that time, they moved to Mount Lake Terrace, Washington, to be near their son, Paul Jr., and his family. Paul Sr. died in March, 2007, and Gladys subsequently moved to Port Angeles to be near her daughter, Mary. There she remained until her death.
Gladys was an active member of the Catholic Altar Society all of her life. When her children were young, she was a member of the Dubois School Board and the PTA. Later, her interests expanded to include the Dubois History Museum, the Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society. She was constantly on the go. She participated in a number of Audubon Christmas Bird Counts; she exercised regularly with her aerobics group, gardened and participated in several craft groups to raise funds for the Catholic Church and the St. Thomas Guild. She traveled often to visit children and grandchildren. One of her greatest joys in later years was quilting, and she hand-pieced many quilts for her family.
As the daughter of Dubois’ first business man, Gladys’ independence came with the territory. She was passionate about Dubois and all its aspects — except the wind! She loved nature, especially birds. Memorable hikes into the mountains she took with her children and the short but intensely lovely summers strengthened her bonds with the landscape and her sense of place.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Patrick Hawley, daughter Pauline Haffey, daughter-in-law Cheryl Hawley, grandson Jake Hawley, and brothers, Frank Jr. and Charles Welty. She is survived by her children, Cathy (Skip) Mundy, Mary (Cullen) Kelsoe, Fred (Margaret) Hawley, Paul Hawley Jr., Shannon (Tim) Rowan, Laurie (David) Stelljes, and son-in-law Bill Haffey, in addition to 16 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Gladys’ name to Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church, Dubois, Wyoming, or The Dubois Senior Center, Dubois, Wyoming, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.