Gladys Marie Sheriff

May 30, 1922 ‒ March 07, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Gladys Marie Sheriff, 94, peacefully passed away Tuesday morning, March 7, 2017 at her home.

She was born May 30, 1922 to parents Joseph & Gunda (Jorgenson) Perry in Appleton, Minnesota. Gladys graduated as the 1940 class salutatorian from Madison High School. She worked as a business office manager for United Telephone, where she worked for over 17 years until retiring in 1984.

On October 24, 1942, she married Russell Eugene Sheriff and they shared 43 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 1985.

Gladys was known for her delicious peanut brittle and everything she baked was delicious. She believed that the best way to cook a meal was to pick the dessert first! Other hobbies included reading, golfing, and ceramics. She will be remembered for her smile, dry sense of humor, and quick-wit.

She was a member of Presbyterian Church of Bellville for over 70 years and served as an elder. Gladys was also a member of the Clear Fork Chamber of Commerce, Altrusa International, the Red Cross Gray Ladies, the Bellville Flower Arrangers, Tune Twisters of the Home Demonstration Club in Bellville, and was a Cub Scout leader.

She is survived by daughter Candace Branham of Bellville; son and daughter-in-law John & Nadine Sheriff of Frazeysburg; daughter-in-law Mary Sheriff of Bellville; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren with one on the way; brother Don & Lona Perry of Springfield; sister Jean Dill of Bellville; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her son William J. “Bill” Sheriff, her son-in-law Danny Branham, her sister and brother-in-law Helen & Mike Blecharz, her brother-in-law Clinton Dill, and her parents.

Her family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd). A memorial service honoring her life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 in the Presbyterian Church of Bellville (118 Markey St). Pastor Ron Walker will officiate and burial will follow at Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to the Presbyterian Church of Bellville or OhioHealth Hospice may be made at her services.

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  • Candy
    I’m so sorry for your loss, cherish all your memories of your mom and family.

  • Candy
    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. How lucky you were to have had her for so long! Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Anne so sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandmother! My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless

  • I am so glad that I have been able to count Gladys as a dear friend for so many years. I enjoyed our phone conversations and visits, and our years of working, and most of all laughing together. And now she is with her dear husband Russell life has been good for her………I will miss you my friend.





  • Candy, John and family please accept my condolences on you mom’s passing! I always enjoyed talking to you mom! She was a strong willed woman with a kind heart!

  • Candy & Family;
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Always hard to let go no mater when. You have our thoughts and prayers.
    Bill & Paula

  • So sorry, I work with Gladys at the phone company. Very nice lady and always very helpful. RIP

  • I worked for your Mother for years in the Business Office – what a smart, no nonsense, funny lady. She could recite poems she learned in school at the drop of a hat and her specialty ‘So It’s Your Birthday’ song was legend. How lucky your family is to have had such a long time with her.

  • Having worked with Gladys for many years, I realize what a blessing she was to all who knew her. She was a brilliant, witty, and caring person with so much common sense. Her brilliance shown in “spelling”. She won the corporate county spelling bee for years for Sprint.

    According to the Sprint organizational chart, I was her boss, but we both knew who was really in charge. She was a dear sweet lady who could be tough as nails when needed.

    Even though, it has been years since we worked together, she continues to have a positive impact on my life. All who, worked with her and had the pleasure of knowing her, loved her. Blessings and condolences to the family.

  • To the Sheriff and Branham families,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Gladys. What a life she had and shared with all of you!