Gladys Weskamp - October 13, 2011
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Ivan Jeffries of Palisade, Neb.; her sister Fauneal Miller of White Bluff, Tenn.; and one daughter, Susan Ball-Smith of Wheatridge.
She is survived by one brother, Gene Jeffries of Broken Bow, Neb.; four children: John Ball of North Platte, Neb.; Tom Ball of McCook, Neb., Jeff Weskamp of Sterling, and Laurie Weskamp-Wagner, of Sterling; by two grandchildren: Ryan Ball and Prairie Rose Wagner; one great-granddaughter Rylan Emerson-Ball; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Gladys was a practicing Christian and believed in equal rights for all human beings. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.Writing poetry and painting were her hobbies. Gladys wrote the following poem to be used in her obituary.
When I die, I want no wreath,
Nor bitter tears to fall for me;
The wreath will brown, and tears will dry,
And both will fade from memory.
But on a balmy summer evening,
When the wind blows full and free...
Put aside your evening tasks,
And take a walk for me.
And when the rain is gently falling,
On the meadows and the fields...
Open wide, for me, your door,
And breath the sweetness that it yields.
In the winter, when the snowflakes
Drift to earth like autumn leaves,
Catch a snowflake on your tongue,
And while it’s melting, think of me.
When the sunset glows like rubies,
And blossoms cloud the apple tree,
When the mourning dove calls just at dawn...
... By Gladys Weskamp