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Gladys Sybouts

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Gladys M. (Coffey) Sybouts, 90, passed away peacefully in bed at her apartment in the Five Rivers Assisted Living in Tillamook, Ore, on Oct. 31, 2011. 

She was born on Feb. 3, 1921 in Marengo, to Davis F. and Rose (Grant) Coffey, the fifth of eight children.  The family moved to Outlook in 1930 and Gladys graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1941. 

After high school, Gladys worked as a phone receptionist for an insurance company in Yakima.  She also fought a tough battle with tuberculosis in her early 20's.  She met Lawrence (Larry) Sybouts at the Yakima Ice Arena through her brother, Byron.  They were married in Yakima on July 17, 1948.  They lived for seven years in Yakima and three years in Grandview, where Gladys worked part-time as a photo-colorer for a photography studio.  They then moved to Goldendale and lived there for 50 years, before moving to Tillamook, Ore., where their son, Mark resides.

Both Gladys and Larry were very active in church. Gladys taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school. She sang alto in the choir, and did many art/craft projects whenever needed, including painting the stable backdrop for Goldendale's Nativity Scene and a full mural in a preschool Sunday school room at church.  

Gladys was always a very generous, creative lady.  She rarely spent money on herself, yet always gave all she had to her children and other family and friends.  She loved music, art, drama, and literature and took art lessons as an adult.  She bought a piano with her very first paycheck and years later, gave it to a family who wanted their children to take piano lessons. Other favorite pastimes were traveling to various national parks after her husband's retirement, doing crossword puzzles and playing Jeopardy, and she even tried her hand at bowling, a passion of her husband, Larry.

Family and friends were always amazed at Gladys' stamina to bounce back from many major health issues. She survived colitis, tuberculosis, kidney disease, cancer, heart failure, and other problems as well.  Each time, prayer saved her and Gladys and her family gave God the glory for being healed, and now she has entered her permanent healing at home with her Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Gladys' wit and sweet spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  She is survived by daughter: Gayle Talbot of Moses Lake, and their children, Ben (Sara), Naomi (Justin Hanvey), and Daniel; daughter Karen (Brent) Begalka of Renton, and their children, Aaron and Brenda and great-granddaughter, Alissa; and son, Mark Sybouts of Tillamook, Ore .; one sister, Barbara Swett of Lynnwood, one brother, Robert "Bob" Coffey (Wanda) of Cle Elum; sisters-in-law Lillian Coffey and Bonnie Coffey of Yakima. 

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Larry; parents, Davis and Rose Coffey; two brothers, Byron Coffey and Ralph Coffey; and three sisters, Vera Morgan, Edith Jauhola, and Helen Hitzler.      

Burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. A memorial service will take place on Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 5640 Highway 101 South, in Tillamook. Donations in Gladys’ name may be made to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 501, Tillamook, OR 97141. Arrangements are in care of Waud’s Funeral Home in Tillamook.

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