Gladys Paulson, 98

Gladys Paulson was born in Nereson Township of Roseau County, January 26, 1912.  Her parents were Sophia and Gustav Gregerson.  She was the youngest family member after Gilbert, Mabel, Clara, and Olga.
Gladys attended Elementary School district 35 and graduated from Badger School in 1930.  During her high school days, she stayed with her sister Mabel at the telephone office.  She helped at the switchboard after school hours and during the summer she would work during Mabel’s vacation time.
Gladys attended the East Grand Forks Teacher Training Department in 1931, and later attended Bemidji State College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1959.
Gladys Gregerson married Gilman Paulson on June 26, 1943, in Bremerton, Washington.  They settled in Badger on a farm where she fondly recalls spending her summers gardening and growing many beautiful flowers.
Gladys taught elementary school for forty-six years.  The first sixteen years in a one-room schoolhouse at  Sunshine.  A total of ten years were spent teaching in Strathcona, Greenbush, and Badger.  After twenty years in Thief River Falls, Gladys retired in 1977.  She later served as a member of the Retired Educators of Roseau County.
 After retirement, Gladys helped care for family members, often taking her husband and sister Mabel to and from Grand Forks for cancer treatments.  Gilman’s death on September 26, 1984 prompted
Gladys to live with Mabel.  Mabel passed away in 1988.  Gladys lived at Northland Homes in Badger until 1995.  On November 27, 1995, she moved into the Summerfield Apartments in Badger where she resided until her death.
A fan of local history, Gladys spent several weeks creating forty or more posters depicting classes of Badger High School from 1916-1991.  These posters were then displayed at the Badger School Library in 1991.  That same year, Gladys volunteered her time on the “Home Town Fun Program” committee for the 1930s era during the All-School Reunion.  From 1992-1993 Gladys worked with the Roseau County Heritage Committee.  She wrote stories about her family, friends, and church.  Gladys was also a member of the Roseau County Historical Society, Northern Neighbors Club, and The Sons of Norway.
Church has always been an important part of Gladys’ life and she was an active member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Badger.  Gladys’ first experience playing piano in church was during her first year in high school when she played for the Junior Choir at our Savior’s Church, now our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, in Badger. She also accompanied music groups at the Badger School during her four years of high school.  She began playing on a pump organ for services at the church in Nannestad on January 9, 1927, her Confirmation Day.  She went on to spend 30 years playing for regular church services at Nannestad and then played organ at both Our Redeemer’s and Faith Lutheran Church for 50 years, a total of 80 years.  One special committee that Gladys served on was the Organ Committee at Our Redeemer’s. During this time a new Rodgers Organ was purchased and installed at the church.  This was very meaningful to Gladys.
Some of Gladys’ hobbies included making scrapbooks from pictures and clippings of her life and community over these many decades, photography, and organizing picture albums.  She enjoyed traveling.  The tours she has taken include Nashville, TN, Branson, MO, the Black Hills, SD, the state of Washington, and a very special trip to Norway to meet family there.  She has written about these travels for the newspapers and relatives.
The Gustav Gregersons, brother and sisters, husband Gilman, as well as several nieces and nephews, have preceded Gladys in death.  Gladys is survived by nephews Duane Johnson, Gene Johnson, Ordean Nelson, Merlin Nelson, and Norrell Nelson, and nieces Carole Larsen, Joyce Rupp, and Gloria Lackner.
Funeral services for Gladys Paulson of Badger will be held on Thursday, May 13th at 2 PM at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Badger.  Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7 with a 7:00 prayer service at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau.  Interment will be at the Badger City Cemetery.
Online guest book at www.helgesonfuneralhome.com

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