Gladys Louise Ferree Stilwell

October 10, 1910 - October 21, 2003 

Gladys Louise Ferree Stilwell

October 10, 1910 - October 21, 2003 

Obituary for Gladys Louise Ferree Stilwell

Age 93, passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at her home in Ionia, MI.  She was born on October 10, 1910, in Clay County, KS, the daughter of Frank and Vernie (Baldwin) Ferree.  Gladys attended the Kansas City Art Institute from 1935 to 1939, where she studied under Thomas Hart Benton and his contemporaries.  On June 24, 1935, Gladys married artist Wilber Moore Stilwell.  They lived in Vermillion, SD, where Wilber was the Chairman of the Art Department at the University of South Dakota.  Gladys and Wilber enjoyed working as a team and were recognized for their success on many art projects.  She was preceeded in death by her husband, Wilber, her brother, Frank L. Ferree, of Kansas City, KS, and grandson Joseph Van Loan of Ionia, MI.  Surviving Gladys are daughters and sons-in-law Elizabeth and Jon Brechtel of Hot Springs, S.D., Mary and Charles Van Loan, and Joan and Roger Cremer of Ionia, MI.  Grandchildren include Zac and wife Angie, Ben, Catherine and husband Shawn, and Vailferree Brechtel; Adria, Michael, and Elizabeth Van Loan; and Jacqueline and Sarah Cremer.  Gladys has one great grandchild, Caitlin Brechtel.  Services and burial will be in Kansas City.  The family requests all memorial donations be sent to "The Wilber and Gladys Stilwell Art Award Endowment", PO Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069-5555 at the University of South Dakota.  This endowment is dedicated to furthering the education of art students.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Cook Chapel, Ionia, MI.

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