Gladys Elizabeth Wickett Faris

Gladys Elizabeth Wickett Faris

Gladys Elizabeth Wickett Faris was born February 1, 1914 on the family farm near New Virginia, Iowa, and passed away August 4, 2013 in Santa Rosa, California, at the age of 99. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Gladys grew up and went to school in New Virginia. After graduating from high school, she attended Iowa Beauty College and later worked as a beautician in Mount Ayr where she met her future husband, Lynden Faris. In 1938 they were married at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. The couple initially settled in southern Iowa where she became a wonderful homemaker, a caring wife and a devoted mother. After living in several central Iowa communities, Gladys and Lynden moved their family to southern California in 1957 where they lived until retirement. Most recently they resided in the Oakmont Village Retirement Community near Santa Rosa, California. Throughout her life, Gladys enjoyed traveling and over the years she and Lynden vacationed in all 50 states as well as other countries.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lynden; her parents, Walter Wickett and Margaret Otz Wickett; and her siblings, Lucy Felton, Mary Spencer, Nadine Nick and Richard Wickett.

Gladys is survived by her children and their families — daughter Karla Moberly and her husband Bill of Santa Rosa; son Robert Faris of Santa Barbara, California; son Richard Faris and his wife Judi of Menlo Park, California; two grandchildren, Laurie Williams and her husband Dan of Davis, California, and Bryan Moberly and his wife MaryAnn of Collierville, Tennessee; four great-grandchildren, Megan, Mitchell, Bryson and Malana; and many nieces and nephews.

Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, to your local Hospice organization or to your favorite charity.

Visitation will be held at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Saturday, August 17 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am with a graveside service at 11:30 am at Rose Hill Cemetery. Interment will follow the graveside services. 

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