Gladys, 96, died peacefully in her home on February 9, 2018. She was born in Sanborn, North Dakota to Charles K. and M. Blanche Crowther and raised in Valley City, North Dakota. Music was a lifelong passion for Gladys. She played cello, piccolo, flute and piano. She loved playing in the band and orchestra at all grade and age levels, and she played in the community band until 2014.
Education was a lifelong pursuit. Gladys was valedictorian at Valley City High School. She was a student at Valley City State Teachers College from 1939 - 1941. She transferred to the University of Minnesota and earned her B.A. in Journalism, with minors in English, History, and Music, in 1943. She did post-graduate work at San Jose State College and earned her M.A. in History and secondary teaching credential in 1966.
Gladys married Newell E. Wood in 1943, and they were married for 47 years. Gladys worked City desk as a general assignment reporter for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch from 1943 - 1945. For more than 20 years Gladys worked numerous free-lance reporter jobs for various newspapers while raising her four children. Beginning in 1968 Gladys was an English and Journalism teacher at Willow Glen High School for 20 years.
Gladys was extensively involved in the community. Gladys was a cellist in the Los Gatos-Saratoga Symphony, Sunday school teacher for four years, troop leader of the Santa Clara County Girl Scouts for 7 years, den mother of the Cub Scouts of America, and member of the Saratoga PTA for 11 years. Gladys was an active member of the Medical Auxiliary from 1962 - 1965 as district and then County president. Gladys was a member of Zeta Psi and Delta Kappa Gamma (women's educational organization) she was president and held several other offices. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, AAUW, California Teachers Association, Saratoga Federated Church, Theta American Association of University Women, Sigma Phi, and Alpha Omicron Pi.
As a mother and grandmother, Gladys emphasized the importance of education; provided numerous opportunities for her children to be involved in various activities; provided family support for each child's events; and fostered an attitude of family support, cohesiveness, teamwork, and respect.
Gladys loved camping, family vacations, music, traveling nationally and internationally, seeing the state and national parks, square dancing, and social dancing.
Gladys is survived by husband FL Stutzman, son Terry (Susie) Wood, daughter Lani (Genaro) Martinez, son Brian R. Wood, son Kevin (Dierdre) Wood, grandchildren: Justin (Samantha) Wood, Brian W. Wood, Gregory Fister, Laura Fister, Mary Rose Wood, Frances Wood, and great-granddaughter Mackenzie Wood.