Gladys Arlene Wommack, 74 of Clarkston and Apache Junction, Arizona, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston with family at her side. Gladys fought a short, courageous battle with breast cancer and inspired many with her courage and positive outlook.
Gladys was born on the family farm near Genesee on June 11, 1940 to Glen and Reta (Clark) Jones. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Genesee High School.
She and James E. Wommack were married on June 14, 1958 at Coeur d’Alene and had three children, Kathy, Carl and Kyle. The family lived in Spokane, Washington until 1971 when they moved to Olympia, WA where Gladys worked for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. She then became an auditor for the Department of Revenue until her retirement in 1989.
Gladys and Jim owned their own small plane and enjoyed traveling the country and meeting friends whom they kept in contact with throughout their lives. Upon retirement, Gladys and Jim began spending summers in Montana and Idaho and winters in Arizona. She toured National Parks and many regions. Gladys truly enjoyed traveling throughout the United States with Jim and with family – there were only five states she had not visited. Gladys loved flowers and especially photographing wildflowers wherever she found them in their travels. She also enjoyed reading, needlework and gardening. After Jim’s death in 2010, Gladys became an avid bingo player and was very proud of all her winnings!
Gladys is survived by her children, Kathy (Frank) Thomas of Brush Prairie, WA, Carl (Laurie) Wommack of Moscow and Kyle (Donna) Wommack of Genesee; her grandchildren, Klair, Thomas, Patrick and Jennifer Harrington, and Andie, Brett and Ken Wommack along with her brother, Raymond Jones. In addition to her husband, Jim, she was also preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. A reception will immediately follow at the University Inn-Best Western in the Palouse Room. A private burial and urn placement will be held later at the Moscow Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to the James E. Wommack Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Idaho.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.