Gladys Sanderson


Gladys Sanderson


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Gladys Montana Olsen Sanderson, 97 of Billings, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2011, at Aspen Meadows. She was born in Billings, Montana to Caroline (Blonner) Olsen and Frank Christian Olsen on October 12, 1914. She was the youngest child and only girl in a family of six children. Gladys attended Garfield Elementary School and graduated in 1932 from Billings High School (now Billings Senior High School). After graduating from Billings Business College in 1933 she was employed as a bookkeeper for her bother Fred’s business The Billings Motorcycle Shop. It was there that she met Robert Lorin Sanderson. They were married on October 15, 1935 in Billings. Two children were born to this marriage; daughter Jeanne and son Robert L. Jr. Lorin passed away December 12, 1972.

Gladys was employed most of her life as a bookkeeper/secretary. After retiring she was a volunteer, giving many hours to The Billings Clinic and The Yellowstone Art Museum. She received several awards for her service. Gladys volunteered until she was 94 years old. She was also an active member of The First United Methodist Church and served on various committees. Playing Bridge with her friends was an activity she looked forward to for many years. Besides playing cards she was an avid reader and had been a member of the library for a very long time. Gladys was an excellent cook and shared her delicious creations with all of her family and friends. Everyone looked forward to her homemade candies and cookies at holiday time.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers; Louis, Ted, Fred, Elmer and Bob; and her son-in-law Larry Nitz. She is survived by her daughter Jeanne Nitz, son and daughter-in-law Robert (Pamela) Sanderson; five grandchildren; Cheryl (Peter) Franta, Linda Mauer, Steven (Jenny) Nitz, Mark (Allison O’Donnell) Sanderson, and Michael (Sara) Sanderson. She is also survived by ten great grandchildren; Dustin, Nicola, Connor and Brandon Franta; Jakob and Zachary Mauer; Quinn and North Sanderson.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Aspen Meadows. Over the past 2 years, they went above and beyond in their care for Gladys and their compassion to both her and the family.

Cremation has taken place. Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Mountview Cemetery (Section 8). She will be laid to rest next to her husband Lorin.

Memorials may be made in Gladys’ name to the Billings Clinic Volunteer Services, Yellowstone Art Museum, or the charity of one’s choice.


Bob and Pam, Mark and Allison, Michael and Sara, and Steve and Jenny so sorry to hear of Miss Gladys’s passing… May you all be comforted in knowing that this special lady is now in a much better place…

With deepest sympathy,
Butch and Shannon Bratsky

She was a beautiful person inside and out. I so enjoyed working with her at the museum. May she rest in peace.

Diane Cameron

Gladys was a classy lady who had unique charm and elegance. My condolences to all.
Tom Mellor

Dear Bob, Pam and children,

We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a good friend to my parents who also work at the Billings Clinic. Loosing your Mom surely leaves a huge hole in your heart, but over time the Lord will heal it with all the wonderful memories she left with you.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the future.

With love,
Lloyd and Donna Sullivan

Gladys was a valuable and wonderful volunteer at Billings Clinic. She had many friends and is remembered as setting such a strong example to others. Gladys took pride in her contributions and was always selfless. She wore pearls to volunteer and made such a strong impression to patients and guests. Many of us loved sharing in her stories and her wonderful smile. I am sure that her family will miss her and are left with fond memories as she rests in peace.

Peg Smith

Pam and family,
My sincere condolences. Gladys was such dedicated volunteer at Billings Clinic. She was such a gracious and classy lady, always a smile and never a complaint. Nobody had better style than Gladys. I have not seen her for years, but thought of her often. She will be missed.
Donna Ueland, Fresno, California


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