Paulson, Gladys Lillian Eleanor, 104, originally from Kirkland, Illinois and longtime resident of Barrington, passed away in Mesa, AZ on March 12, 2018. Gladys was born to Charles and Hannah Brandt on May 17, 1913.  She loved her Lord Jesus Christ and lived her life demonstrating her devotion.  Praying for family, friends and people in need was her daily routine.

In 1928, Gladys met her future husband Russell Burdett Paulson from Kirkland, Illinois. They were married on June 19, 1936.  They moved to Barrington, Illinois where they lived for nearly 40 years and built a home on Russell Street. Russell worked at the First National Bank of Barrington, retiring in 1975 as Vice-President. They moved to Mesa, AZ because Russell loved to watch the Cubs in Spring Training. They traveled around the world in the 1970-80s seeing places such as Sweden, Israel, Russia, Greece, China, Japan, and India. Russell preceded Gladys in death in 2007, being married 71 years. Her sister, Hazel Johnson also preceded her in death in 2003.  Gladys is survived by her daughter, Corynne Matteson (David) of Harlingen, Texas and son, Rev. Charles Paulson (Kathy) of Mesa, Arizona. She is also survived by three grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, all living in Texas. 

Gladys lived her faith through commitment to the Lutheran Church by supporting the planting of new churches, playing the organ and piano for church services, serving as superintendent of Sunday schools, and serving as Northern Illinois District Representative for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Gladys was a member of St Matthew Lutheran Church in Barrington, St Luke Lutheran and Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona. Gladys loved to sew and quilt and had a small business providing alteration services.  Gladys saw many changes in her life including the transition from horse and buggy to cars, from hand pumping water in the kitchen and an outhouse to running water and modern appliances. She learned to use a cell phone at 95 years old and drove a car safely at 100 years old.  Gladys often said that before she started each day she asked the Lord to be with her and keep her safe and every night she thanked the Lord for his presence in her life. 

A grave side service will be held at Mountain View Memorial Garden at 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona at 11 am Tuesday, March 27, for all family and friends. Gladys’s son, Rev. Charles Paulson and Rev. Paul Frank of Hosanna Lutheran Church will officiate. Memorials may be made to St Luke Lutheran Church or Hosanna Lutheran Church.

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