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Gladys Martinson, 82

Gladys L. Martinson, 82, Randall, died February 10, 2009.

Gladys was born August 7, 1926 in Alexandria to Oscar and Katie (McColley) Covel. She was united in marriage to Roy Martinson on October 27, 1946 in Alexandria. Following their marriage, they farmed and made their home in the Randall area.

In 1964, the family moved back to the Martinson family farm, where Roy had been born and raised.

Gladys was a member of Randall Presbyterian Church, VFW Auxiliary, and a past member of the Randall Seniors. She was a volunteer at the Lutheran Home for many years. She enjoyed flower gardening, both indoors and out, cooking, baking, church activities, tatting and other crafts, the draft horse clubs and activities in which she and Roy were involved, and her special little dog, Halle. Gladys especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

She will be remembered for her wonderful flowers, delicious baking and countless beautiful wedding, birthday and other special cakes that she decorated for others over the years. She was a true and faithful friend who showed great love for her husband and family.

Survivors include her son, Curt (Jan) Martinson of Randall; daughters, Kathy Martinson of Sauk Centre and Pam (Jim) Weber of Sauk Centre; brother, Lloyd Covel of Eugene, OR; sister, Doris Lystrom of Elbow Lake; many nieces and nephews; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, in 1998; son, James Martinson in 1997; parents; sister, Elvira Covel; and her brother, Ralph Covel.

Funeral services were held February 17 at First Presbyterian Church in Randall with the Rev. Rob Bellin officiating. Music was provided by organist, Harriet Turner and soloist, Jim Kamphenkel.

Interment was at Minnesota State Veterans' Cemetery in Little Falls. Casket bearers were Troy Martinson, Kelly VanMannen, Lacey Martinson, Charles Bolz, Eric Bolz, Russell Weber and Madolyn Weber. Honorary casket bearers were Nancy Thoene, Mary Schleif, Marie Poling, Helen Pfeffer and Margie Ritters.