Gladys Haggar, age 94, of Huron, passed away Monday, December 24, 2018, at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center. Her funeral service was held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, December 30th at the Grace Episcopal Church, with military honors conducted by the Huron Veterans Council. Burial was held at 11:30 AM, Monday, December 31st in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Sioux Falls.

Memorials may be directed to the Grace Episcopal Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice in memory of Gladys.

Gladys Gebran was born January 26 1924, to Mike and Athena (Bashur) Gebran at Sioux City, Iowa. She graduated from Central High School, Sioux City. In 1944, she enlisted in the United States Navy, serving through the duration of World War II, and honorably discharged May of 1946.

On September 12, 1948, Gladys married John Haggar at Sioux City. They made their home in Sioux Falls until 1958, when they moved their family to Huron. In addition to being a homemaker, she served as bookkeeper for Haggar Produce, assisted the Huron Elks in their comeback from 1977 through 1981 by handling many jobs in the organization. In 1981, Gladys started working for Western Area Power Administration, and retired in 1988.

Gladys was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and Business Professional Womens Club holding many offices. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Pink Ladies, Huron Area Senior Center, RSVP, Church Women United. She was an active member of the Grace Episcopal Church, serving as secretary to the church women for many years.

Gladys loved people, especially her family. She enjoyed the many get togethers with family at her home or while camping and fishing. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, especially playing backgammon with John.

She was preceded in death by her son, Gary John, on November 28, 1964, in a hunting accident; her parents; two sister, Patricia Thibodeau and May Fillah; her brother, Oscar Gebran; and her husband, John on July 18, 2015.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her children, Hajjar Gibran “Steve” Haggar of Hilo, Hawaii, Michelle (Keith Broyles) Hanson of Marshall, Missouri, and Carl (Leslie) Haggar of East Glacier, Montana; seven grandchildren, Joel (Jolee) Haggar of Lafayette, Colorado, Maja (Haggar) (Shawn Fultz) Kasdan of Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Brian (Kim) Hanson of Kansas City, Missouri, Patrick (Kristen) Hanson of Columbia, Missouri, Robby (Rachel) Hanson of New Franklin, Missouri, Megan Haggar of Brooklyn, New York, and Mara Haggar of South Korea; and eight great-grandchildren, Ava and Parker Hanson of Columbia, Missouri, Jordan and Jeremy Haggar of Lafayette, Colorado, Kale and Sloane Hanson of Kansas City, Missouri, and Willow and Sequoi Fultz of Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

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Gladys family, So sorry to hear about Gladys' passing. I talked to her after she went to SF VA. She was a great friend. We were in Legion Auxiliary together.  Jeanette Johnson

I will miss your mother very very much. She was a wonderful person and a great soul. I miss her profusely. Darwin Kasperson

We are so sorry to hear of Gladys' passing. We've known her and her family for years, growing up and going to school with her children. What a wonderful lady and we know she will be truly missed by all of you. Gary and Jeannette Dickinson

So sorry to read of Gladys' passing. We moved into their basement apartment when we first married in 1984 and later to the top floor. We stayed 5 years before buying our current home. Our first baby was born while we lived there and Gladys loved on that little girl like a grandma. She even cried when we bought our first home, but we kept in touch. We have so many memories of sitting outside in the evenings chatting with John and "Glady" .- watching the world drive by on 21st Street. She was such a lovely and loving lady. Hugs to her family who we heard many stories about. She loved you all do much! Kaelene Borkowski

Haggar Family, my sincerest condolences on the passing of mother. Your mom and dad were such important part of our family's time in Huron, from when my dad first started working for your business, to the many years of shared friendship they enjoyed together. And I can't think of a more kind and upbeat person then your mother. Thank you for sharing her with us. Rod Soderberg

Hajjar, Michele & Carl, your mother was a very lovely, kind and wonderful person. Please know that your many friends are holding you deep in our hearts as you mourn the loss of your mother. God's peace to you all. Steve Flanery

Hajjar, Michelle, Carl, and families, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Gladys was such a nice lady and it was always such a pleasure to see and talk to her. Unfortunately, the last few times I had seen her was at funerals. I hope your many happy memories of all your gatherings bring some comfort at this time. She will be missed by many. Dawn Jensen

Hajjar, Michelle, and Carl, You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. What a full life your Mom had and we know that her family was the biggest part of it. Sending you hugs. Ron and Joyce Haggar

Dear Cousins, My heartfelt sympathy for loss of your mother who was an inspiration to all of us. The several times I spoke with her over the phone, she would update me on the latest family news. She was very proud of her family and rightful so. When I was a teenager and visited our grandparents, Adele and Carl Haggar in Sioux Falls one summer, one of my fond memories of Aunt Gladys was seeing her knead and twirl dough shaping it into round pita loaves. Then, she would bake the loaves in the oven located in the basement of their home. I and others waited around to taste the warm bread. Got butter?. She made the best bread. We are all so fortunate to have had Aunt Gladys in our lives for so many years. May the memory of her be eternal. Renee Nahas

We are so sorry to read about the passing of Gladys. May God comfort all of you during your sad days and give you the strength to cope with your thoughts. During your disquieting days, think about seeing her again as a young and healthy woman full of life and doing all the things she loved. (‘loss of a loved one’ - jw dot org.) Ponder over what you’d like to say and how big your hugs will be when we are reunited with our loved ones again. (Acts 24:15) Our sincere condolences to the Haggar family. Lyn Whit

Oh boy, cousins, this hurts a lot. We just watched the beautiful video. She definitely had a wonderful life and was devoted to family. I have so many good memories of her and Uncle John. She was always so positive and happy. It was a delight to be around her. I remember all the wonderful Lebanese food that she made. The last time I saw her she wanted me to have a tea pot that she had. It has been placed in our museum so I look at it every day and think of her. God bless to all my cousins.W e will all miss her. Love, Curtis and Nancy

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