Gladys Leone Ziegler, 83, Overbrook: Aug. 4, 1934 – Dec. 23, 2017

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Gladys Leone (Dial) Ziegler, 83, passed away Dec. 23, 2017. Gladys was born Aug. 4, 1934, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Lowell and Flora (Hollenbeck) Dial. She grew up in the Topeka area.

Gladys raised her family, along with her husband Gene Ziegler Sr., in the Richland and Overbook, Kan., communities, where she was employed at the local grocer and barbershop. Gladys retired from the state of Kansas as an administrative professional.

Gladys was a loving wife, good mother and an exceptional grandma. Gladys enjoyed taking care of her home, which was always immaculate, and yard; spending many hours sculpting, manicuring and gardening. She enjoyed wildlife and nature. She and Gene would spend most sunrises and sunsets from their porch bird watching and chatting together.

Gladys loved the mountains. She and Gene would vacation in the Colorado Springs, Colo., area nearly every year. They stayed at the Beverly Hill Motel at the Springs. The name of the motel was more flattering than the accommodations, which were small, meager cabins nestled in the Manitou Mountains.

She was a member for many years of several local clubs: Busy Bee Club, Flower Club and a local painting group. She was a skilled painter, generating many beautiful, cherished pieces for her family and friends. She also provided artwork and cartoons for the local coop publication. Gladys was the first artist to paint the Don’t Overlook Overbrook mural in 1978. She also enjoyed going to the casino.

Surviving family include her daughter Katherine Barnes, of Texas; two sons, Gene Jr. and Mark Ziegler, both of Overbrook; and six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Overbrook Bible Church, 719 Western Heights Dr., Overbrook. The family will receive friends for a visitation prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Busy Bee Club and sent in care of Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences may be sent through www.lamb-roberts.com.

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