Gladys "Glady" Machens

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January 13, 1923 - February 4, 2017
Born in Black Walnut, MO
Resided in Portage Des Sioux, MO

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Gladys “Glady” Machens (nee: Alfred) of Portage Des Sioux, MO, was Fortified with the Sacrements of the Holy Mother Church on Saturday February 4, 2017, at the age of 94. Loving wife of 59 years to Francis Machens; beloved daughter on of the late Frank and Mary Ann "Mamie" Alfred; devoted mother of Derrill (Karla) Machens, Elaine (Dick) Rufkahr, and Donna (Billy) Kaufmann; cherished grandmother of Kurt (Tammy) Machens, Kevin (Shelley) Machens, Kara (Paul) Reynolds, Peter Kaufmann, and Jacob Kaufmann; treasured great-grandmother of Tiffany, Taylor, Kylie, Landry, Lily, Kali Jane, and Krew Ruben; dear sister of Opal Runde. She was preceded in death by her infant son, Douglas Kevin Machens; her siblings, Ruben Alfred, Lucille "Sis" Wehmeyer, Gen Miller, Berniece Machens, Pearl Richterkessing, Roy "Bud" Alfred, and Millie Schrader.

Glady was the wife of a farmer and spent much of her time helping and keeping up to date on what the crops were doing. She was a devout Catholic and was a lifetime member of St. Francis Assisi in Portage Des Sioux. She was very active and served with the Ladies Sodality and Church picnic among other things. She liked to quilt, sew, and garden in her free time, but most important to her was her family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials donations may be made to Future Farmers of America of Orchard Farm, MO or Masses.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary Penfold February 5, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Elaine, I am so sorry. Losing your mom is one of the hardest things ever. You are in my thoughts and prayers,

  2. Debbie King February 5, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Elaine abd Donna and families, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know her well but do know that she raised 2 wonderful daughters! She will live on in each of you and your families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Bridget Layton Gehm and Family February 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    candle 3Elaine, Kara and family,
    Your mother/ grandmother was a special lady to so many. Her wonderful traits were passed down to you both.
    She was a blessing to all that met her.

  4. Jen Wilson February 5, 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Lisa Ohlms-Crayon February 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    candle 1Always loved talking to this lady with the wonderful laughter.
    My sympathy to family members.

  6. Mary Jo Hippe February 6, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    candle 5May God Bless your Mother and each one of you.
    Steve and I send our deepest sympathy during this time of loss.
    Sending you all love and prayers.

  7. Charles and Nancy Anton February 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear about Gladys’s. We got to know Gladys at Parkside and were always enjoyed talking to about her family and her farms her two great loves. My mother in law sat at her table for about three years. We will miss those conversations with her very much.

  8. dennis Karnes February 7, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

    candle 7We are sorry to hear about your mother, our prayers are with you

  9. Dan and Kathy Travers February 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Derrill, Elaine and Donna,

    We were so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. She was a great person, always happy. We are out of town and won’t be able to attend but you and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dan and Kathy

  10. Alice Prigge Post February 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    My sympathy to the family. I, too, was born in Black Walnut and attended the school there with Gladys and her siblings.
    I visited Gladys in 2013 when my husband was in Parkside. We enjoyed talking about the old days.

  11. Gary Maschmidt February 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Donna sorry to hear about your mom. i can still recall that wonderful laugh she had. My condolences

  12. Terry Toolen February 7, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    candle 2I was very sorry to hear about your mother. You and your family are in my prayers.

  13. Joan Darby February 7, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    candle 2Elaine so sorry to hear about your mom. My prayers are with

  14. Gerry mohr February 8, 2017 at 1:06 am - Reply

    My most sincere condolences.

  15. Dee Knobbe February 8, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Glady had a presence about her that radiated life! What I remember most about her is her laugh and her service to our church. She was always at our church functions working, participating and mingling! She had the gift to mingle and make people smile.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Machens family during this time of sorrow. May the wonderful memories of her life help you through this sad time!

    Dee (Boschert) Knobbe

  16. Dolores Reynolds February 8, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    My hearts hurts with you, Mothers/grandmothers/great grandmothers are very special people. Their influence is intertwine within us for ever. Remember the goood times. Love, Dolores Reynolds

  17. Randy and Trish Clemons February 9, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Derrill, Karla and family….We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Our sincere condolences.

  18. Dave & Sue McMahan February 9, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

    candle 7We are thinking of you all at this time. May God bless your family.

  19. Mike & DeDe French February 9, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    To the Machens family. We had the pleasure of renting the old farm from Francis and Gladys back in 1976 & 77. Your parents were the kindest people. They were always willing to help anyone out. Francis would get us out when the snow drifted across the gravel road. Gladys was always smiling and so sweet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. They were very special people.

  20. Dan Simon sr. February 10, 2017 at 6:31 am - Reply

    To the entire Machens Family I’m sorry to hear of Mrs. Machens passing. My prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

  21. Kathy Neville February 10, 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Elaine
    Please accept my sympathy and extend it to your family. I have been receiving more and more notices of the passing of friends and relatives of others. We’re in that generation now. Take good care of yourself and your family.
    May God bless you all.

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