Gladys Stanard

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Comfort Gladys Nesbitt Stanard, 96, of Nashville, passed away at 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Washington County Hospital in Nashville. She was born on February 10, 1919 at her home place in the Pahsimeroi Valley, Idaho, the daughter of John William and Martha Beech Nesbitt. She married Carl D. Stanard on May 28, 1948 and they later divorced. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, John Franklin”Frankie,” Joe Ervin, Donald Beech and Clarence “Ben” Benjamin. Left to mourn her passing are her children, Sherman Stanard of Moab, Utah; Linda Summers and husband will of Nashville; Carl D. Stanard II of Boise, Idaho; and Scott Stanard of Meridian, Idaho; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Bonnie L. Johnston and Lily M. Young; one brother, Sherman L. Nesbitt; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Gladys joined the United States Navy in May 1943, one of eight women from Idaho who joined about the same time. Her picture with other WAVES was featured in the Idaho Statesman on May 16, 1943. She joined the Navy in order to travel and see the world. She met her husband in Hawaii where he was in another branch of the service. Gladys worked in inventory and supplies as many of the servicewomen did, and in her words “that freed the men to fight.” Gladys officially resigned from the Navy in 1950 after her first child Sherman was born. She worked as an administrative assistant for the Idaho Veteran’s home for many years. She retired at age 65 and then worked part time for H & R Block doing their out-of-state returns for the next seven years. In her retirement years, Gladys traveled to England to see their lovely gardens, as well as the Holy Land and Egypt. She loved plants and gardening and it helped that she had a “green thumb”. Gladys was an avid reader her entire life and took her children to the Boise public library when they were little to check out books. She was also very knowledgeable about current events and could talk politics with anyone. Gladys regularly attended Grace United Methodist Church in Nashville with her daughter and son-in-law. Having been born into one of the prominent pioneering families of Idaho, Gladys always prided herself on being independent and always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Relyea Funeral Chapel in Boise, Idaho. Burial will follow in the Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington County Hospital Extended Care or the Nashville Public Library. Styninger Funeral Home in Nashville is in charge of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at ww.styningerfuneralhomes.com.

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