Memorial ServiceEnglish Funeral Chapel - Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83854
Gladys Bates 92
Gladys Bates of Post Falls passed away November 12, 2018 in Coeur d'Alene, ld. She was born in Coeur d'Alene on October 7, 1926. She was the third of three daughters born to Norwegian immigrants, Sam and Maren Dahlum Gilbertson. Sam immigrated through Ellis lsland, New York when he was 18 years old. He ended up working in the Rutledge Mill that is now Hagadone Golf Course. At his retirement, Sam was superintendent at that site. Gladys was raised with her two older sisters, Eileen Evenden and Mary Halliday at their home on 15th and Front Street in Coeur d'Alene near the mill.
Gladys graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1944 and attended college in Missoula, MT and
Kinman Business School in Spokane. She worked as a legal secretary in Coeur d'Alene for several years.
On the day after Christmas in 1949 she married Kyle Bates. He worked for Pack River Lumber Co. as a
farm ground manager, and in 1954 moved his family to the company's Beaver Lake Stock Ranch at Kelso
Lake, north of Athol. There he managed 10,000 acres of timber, cattle and farming operations. The
welcome sign was always out and the coffee pot always on at the farm house. They spent 30 years there
raising their three boys, Gary, Randy and Bob in the big red farm house at the west end of the lake.
Gladys was an active member of Granite, Careywood and Clagstone communities; be it Pinochle parties,
golf or garden clubs. She served as an election clerk at the old Granite school house. Her kitchen table
was always full of good home cooked meals that fed droves of hungry farm hands, cattle branding crews
and hunters. Up until the end of her life, she was always thinking of ways she could help others.
ln 1983 Kyle and Gladys built their retirement home in the Royal Highlands area of Post Falls, where she resided independently until just a few weeks ago. She was a strong independent, caring and loving
woman to all who knew her. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage and visited Norway several
times over the years, to visit relatives and friends. Norwegian traditions were staunchly enforced and
celebrated and passed on to generations that follow. She was looking forward to the holiday season of
making Lefsa, eating lutefisk and the traditional baked goods, and having Christmas Eve dinner with her
large extended family. Now she is in heaven celebrating with loved ones there.
Gladys was preceded in death by Kyle, her husband of 57 years; son Robert Samuel; her two sisters;
nephew Bruce Halliday and many life-long friends.
She is survived by sons Gary (Patti), Randy (Susan) of Post Falls, ID. Four granddaughters: Natalie with
great -grandchildren, Gracie Jo, Maggie Jane and Dylan Jake Gary. MeLisa (Matt) with greats, Caleb
Elliot, Carmen Emelia and Charity Hope. Miranda with greats Eli Raine and Lilja Antonia and
granddaughter number four, Kelsi Maren Bates; Nephews Ronald (Donna), Richard (Myrl) and Douglas
Halliday (Melodie); and James and Michael Evenden.
A memorial service and celebration of the extraordinary life of Gladys Gilbertson Bates will be held at English Funeral Chapel, 1133 N. 4th in Coeur d’Alene, on Saturday, December 15th at 11:00 am.