Published On: Wed, Jul 13th, 2011

Obituary – Gladys Lorene Close

DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. — Gladys Lorene Close, 78, Dakota Dunes, S.D., died June 27, 2011, at her residence.
Visitation and a prayer service were held at Morningside Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home, Sioux City, Iowa.
Memorial services were held July 1 at First Presbyterian Church in Sioux City, Iowa, with the Rev. Matthew Miller officiating.

Gladys was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Laurel, the daughter of Ralph Purcell and Geneva (Johnson) Purcell. She was raised in Laurel and graduated from Laurel High School. She received her teaching certificate from Wayne State Teachers College and graduated from Morningside College, Sioux City. She earned her master’s plus 30 hours from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D., and taught in the Sioux City School System for most of her career. She married Wendell P. Heffelfinger Aug. 9, 1957. He died Sept. 8, 1967. She married A. Lee Close June 15, 1975. He died March 3, 2011, in Sioux City.
Gladys loved reading, traveling, RVing, symphony, friends and family.
She was a member of three bridge groups, played in the hand bell choir at church and was currently serving as president of the American Association of University Women.
She is survived by her daughter and husband, Lori Heffelfinger and James Jackman, Redondo Beach, Calif.; a son and his wife, Grant and Candace Heffelfinger, Cedar Crest, N.M.; a daughter and her husband, Leslie and Jim Davis, Sioux City, Iowa; her grandchildren, Erica and Kyle Bonstead; Mark and Dijon Davis; Andrea Davis; Alexander, Audrey and Ainslee Heffelfinger; two great-grandchildren, Keegan and Breckan Bonstead; brother, Evertt, California; sister, Betty, Minnesota; and sister Marlyn, Kansas.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; a son, Garth A. Close; and two brothers, Duane and Gene.
Donations may be directed to the American Association of University Women (