Selma Winnifred Landbeck Gaddis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Winnifred “Winnie” Gaddis died April 5, 2010 in Glenwood Springs. She was 91.
She was born May 19, 1918 in Gonzales, Texas to Frederich Johann and Bertha Klein Landbeck. Her father was a farmer and blacksmith and the family spoke German in their home. Winnie graduated from Gonzales High School in 1936 and attended Western Carolina Teachers College in North Carolina.
She married Orlyn (Buddy) Gaddis on Feb. 4, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas where the two had met. The couple moved to Houston where they began their family and lived together for the next 56 years. Winnie was a member of the Westbury United Methodist Church. In addition to church activities she had many talents and interests and devoted much of her time and energy to her family, her garden, baking, sewing, knitting, listening to classical music, and reading. As her children grew older she began to work outside of the home and retired from Underwood Neuhaus in 1983.
During retirement Winnie and Buddy enjoyed travelling especially when their travels took them to visit their children and grandchildren.
After her beloved Buddy died in 2006 Winnie moved to Glenwood Springs where she was closer to her three children and able to see them more often. Winnie said several times that she never thought she’d move to “the North” to live out her life. When reminded that Colorado was in the Southwest just as Texas was she seemed placated.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her seven brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Thelma (Garry) Zabel, Orlyn (Terry) Gaddis, Richard (Kathie) Gaddis; four grandchildren, Amber (Ryan) Zabel French, Andrew Zabel, Arwen Gaddis, and Caleb Gaddis; and 1 great-grandchild, little Lily French.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at the first United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Avenue in Glenwood Springs with a lunch reception to follow. A second memorial service is planned for May 1 in Houston, Texas.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 234 Cody Lane, Basalt, CO 81621.
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