Gladys Elizabeth Harms
Gladys Elizabeth Harms
  • April 10, 1925 - September 26, 2017
  • Portland, Oregon

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Gladys Elizabeth Hardison was born in Catoosa, Oklahoma to parents Roy Albert and Thelma Marie (Scudder) Hardison on April 10, 1925. Gladys was middle sibling and only sister to brothers Leroy, Albert, Robert, and Kenny. Gladys spent her younger years in Catoosa and grew up on the family farm. She met Ben Coghill at a barn dance in Catoosa and the two were married not long after that. Gladys' entire family and Ben loaded up their belongings into a pickup truck and moved west to Oregon to begin a new chapter in their lives. Their journey was not without hardship and there were times when they had to get out and push the pickup to their ultimate destination.

Once they landed in NW Oregon in the Rock Creek area, Ben got a job as a farmhand. They later purchased a 40 acre lot and built a home on Rock Creek Road. Sadly, the first home on Rock Creek Road burned down. Family, friends, and neighbors pitched in, organized a house building party, and rebuilt their home. They raised pigs, cows, chickens, and grew acres and acres of strawberries on their farm. Ben sold and delivered milk and eggs to the neighbors. Ben also worked for the feed and seed store in West Union. Gladys and Ben were blessed with four children: Wayne, Clara, Tim, and Gloria. Gladys steadfastly kept the family home and farm operating. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and sewing clothing . Ben passed away in 1971.

Gladys later married Henry Harms in 1975. The two met at the Skyline American Legion Hall. Gladys inherited two more children from that union - Henry's daughters Judy and Diane. Gladys and Henry enjoyed square dancing and playing bingo together. Henry passed away in 1989.

Gladys will be remembered for her warmth, for her kindness, and for her captivating smile. It has been said that everybody loved her as soon as they met her.

Gladys is survived by her children; Clara Waldrep, and Gloria Lillethun; step children Judy and Diane; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Gladys' life will be held at Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Clatskanie Room, 4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR, on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 10am. A reception gathering will follow the chapel service. She will be privately laid to rest in Skyline Memorial Gardens, in the garden of Gethsemane. Next to her first husband Ben Coghill.

Remembrances may be made to Linnton Community Center Food Pantry.

Please visit Gladys' online memorial and guestbook at Thank you.

Arrangements under the direction of Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Portland, OR.