Gladys Ellen Crafts

March 05, 1921 - December 29, 2011

Gladys Ellen Crafts

March 05, 1921 - December 29, 2011


Why order flowers through us?

Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.

The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.

Memorial Candles

A Perpetual Tribute

The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.

Memorial Trees

Circle of Life

In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.

Sympathy Cards

A Thoughtful Gesture

Placeholder - to be replaced with Donations

Place a Donation

The gift of giving

We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.

Financial Support

A Helping Hand

The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.

This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
To notify the funeral home of your interest, complete and submit the following form:

Obituary for Gladys Ellen Crafts

Gladys Ellen Crafts, 90, a lifetime resident of Durango, CO passed away December 29, 2011 at ManorCare Nursing Home in Springfield, MO.

She was born to Walter and Gladys Morris in Ignacio, CO on March 5, 1921. Ellen worked for Mountain Bell and School District 9R at Riverview Elementary as a secretary. She retired from the Diamond Circle Gift Shop in 2002.

Ellen is survived by her daughter, Karen Ostwald Hetherington, and partner Chuck Williams; three grandchildren, Sharon Pace, and partner Mike MacKanen, Kimberly Slavens, and husband Kelly, Justin Hetherington, and wife Tracy; four great-grandchildren, Carsen and Saylor Pace and Logan and Eli Hetherington; two sisters, Opal Morgenthaler and Wilma Brewer; brother, Herman Morris, and wife Lois; sister-in-law, Pat Morris; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Morris; two sisters, Shirley Wilson and Georgia VanDerCourt; and by her partner of 30 years, Lewis Clark.

My very special thanks to Chuck, who so lovingly helped me care for my mother. Thanks to Three Rivers Hospice and the staff at ManorCare for their loving care and support.

Most important, thank you to my mother for being the best mom a daughter could ever have. You were always there for me. Rest now in peace, but know you are always with me in my heart.

I love you.

No services are planned.

Permanent online condolences, stories and photos may be shared at

Send a gesture of sympathy to Gladys Ellen Crafts's family

  • Brought to you by

  • 500 E. Walnut Street
    Springfield, MO
  • (417) 862-4433

Help & Healing Resources

In the event that there is an error in the information presented, please contact the funeral home by clicking here.