Gladys Marie Cruse

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Gladys Marie Cruse, 97, of Summerville, passed from this life on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at her residence. She was born April 27, 1916 at Bruton, Alabama, to the union of her parents, John Clinton Carr and Pearlie
Mae Guthrie Carr. Mrs. Cruse was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her Lord Jesus Christ and this was evidenced in her  life as she strove to help those around her. She retired as Head of Housekeeping with Hardtner Medical Center in Urania after 21½-years of service. She was 79 when she retired. Mrs. Cruse had lived a full  life and enjoyed every aspect of it, from supporting her family in sports activities, fishing, gardening, and anything that  involved the great outdoors. She was known for her wonderful breakfast she fed to any and all deer hunters who conjugated at her home every hunting season. She was loved by all who knew her and will always be missed. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, from the sanctuary of the Summerville Free Methodist Church with the Revs. Harvey Glenn Roark and Dominick DiCarlo officiating.
Interment followed in the Chickasaw Cemetery near Summerville under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmo Alton Cruse; and her siblings, Austin Carr, L. T. Carr, J. C. Carr, Talmadge Carr, Lessie Norred, Luther Carr, Edd Carr, Jim Carr, and Lenora Price. Survivors include two sons, Carl Cruse and wife Genette  of Onalaska, TX, andDennis Cruse of Olla; three daughters,  Mattie McCarroll of Summerville, Johnnie Bethard and husband Jess of Jena, and Barbara Weathers of Summerville; her brother, Billy M. Carr of Colonial Beach, VA; her very special pet and companion, her cat, “Maw Cat”; 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Michael McCarroll, Trey McCarroll, Buddy Bethard, Dusty Cruse, Rusty Cruse, Lance Bethard, and Lake Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Cruse and Tony Cruse. Memorials may be made to the Summerville Free Methodist Church Building Fund,  c/o Rev. Glenn Roark, 139 Zimmer Creek Road, Trout, LA 71371. 
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