Cover photo for Gladys Tharp's Obituary
Gladys Tharp Profile Photo
1920 Gladys 2021

Gladys Tharp

April 13, 1920 — September 15, 2021

Gladys Irene Tharp was called to the Lord on September 15, 2021, at the Golden Hours Convalescent Home.

Gladys was born on April 13, 1920, to Elmer and Hazel Kent in Imperial, NE.

She was married to Charles Tharp on October 9, 1938. During their 66 years of marriage, they went to dances, played cards, went golfing, traveled, and went to Arizona in the winters.
Gladys worked alongside Charles during his many years as an auctioneer, especially during the annual Tharp's machinery auction.

Gladys started every day reading the Bible, praying, and saying, " This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

She spent her life loving the Lord and His people. Gladys spent many hours volunteering for her church, and her joyful personality touched many lives of all ages. She loved singing in the choir.

She painted nails for the ladies in the nursing home until late in her 80s. She helped start the Cub Scouts in Grant. She cherished her Eastern Star years. She willingly helped out whenever called by anyone. Gladys will be remembered for her years running the Tharp's Drive Inn, where many students were given a chance for a job.

Later in life, she enjoyed playing cards with fellow residents at Westview, watching the Rockies games, and reading. She loved making and giving away her peanut butter balls. People could feel her Faith in whatever she did.

Gladys treasured family the most, all of them, anytime, anywhere, doing whatever they wanted. She traveled with them, went to ballgames, played cards, laughed, and enjoyed them all. She particularly loved the family reunions in various places where they all gathered.

Exceptional support was given by her nephew and wife, Mike and Sandy Leahy.

Survivors include three daughters and one son: Dee Ann Dubbert and (Riley) of Holyoke, CO; Dee Etta Long of Ft. Collins, CO; Kenton Tharp (Bonnie) of Amherst, MA; Charlene Cromwell (John) of Yankton, SD; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Proceeding Gladys in death; her parents, husband, sister, brother, grandchild, and many friends.

Memorials can be directed to the Grant Methodist Church or the Westview Retirement Community. Condolences may be shared at, where the services will be streamed live.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 2:00 PM, at the Grant Methodist Church with Pastor Joey Flores officiating. Inurnment will be in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gladys Tharp, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Grant United Methodist Church

Warren Ave, Grant, NE 69140

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 10

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree