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Gladys Davis

April 20, 1924 — May 29, 2010

Gladys Christensen Davis, 86, of Driggs, Idaho, passed away May 29, 2010 at her home.

Gladys was born April 20, 1924, in Driggs, Idaho, to Orson W. Christensen and Alice Loretta Hochstrasser.

She attended and graduated from Teton High School where she loved to play in the band and sing in the choir. Some of her fondest memories of school were the trips that she took with the band. Music was always a large part of her life as she served as the chorister in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Driggs Ward for over 40 years.

On June 10, 1943 she married Leo W. Davis in Marysville, California. She returned to Driggs to wait for her husband to return from serving in WWII.

Gladys had many jobs through the years. She worked at the hospital, was a waitress, and of course worked in the potatoes. She served as a cook at Teton High School for over 20 years and truly loved the students and enjoyed cooking spudnuts and other delights that the students loved.

Gladys became famous when her husband and brother Bart Christensen bought the Spud Drive-in Theatre located between Driggs and Victor. She started cooking hamburgers at the snack bar and soon became famous for what the patrons referred to as "Gladys Burgers". Even though they sold the drive-in 20 years ago, they are still called Gladys Burgers.

Her last job or hobby was cooking at the Senior Citizens Center. Gladys always had a special dessert that she would prepare to top off the rest of the great meals that were served.

On March 29, 1988, she was sealed for time and all eternity to her husband and family in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. She loved her family and especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her great grandchildren lovingly referred to her as Grandma Great.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo W. Davis, daughter Betty Jean Davis Kysar, and granddaughter Davis Hansen. She is survived by a son Kenneth (Mitsuyo) Davis of Idaho Falls, son Roy (Melodee) Davis of Driggs, daughter Chris (John) Decker of Washington D.C., and daughter Sherri Hansen of Driggs. She has 13 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be under the direction of Bishop Max Woolstenhulme Friday, June 4, 11:00 a.m., at the Driggs LDS Stake Center. Family will receive friends on Thursday, June 3, 7-8:00 p.m. at the Valley Mortuary and 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the Driggs LDS Stake Center. Interment will be at the Driggs Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to the family at

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