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Gladys Cooley

A celebration of life will be held at a later date for Gladys Marie Cooley, who passed away March 16 at Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. She was 86.

Ms. Cooley was born Nov. 15, 1920, in Douglas, Wyo., to Howard and Louise Richardson. When she was 2, her family moved to Julian, where Mrs. Cooley grew up and attended school.

During World War II, she worked at Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego, where she was a riveter in the sub nose assembly department. While working at Consolidated Aircraft, Mrs. Cooley met her husband, Duel “Dusty” Cooley, who was a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy at the time.



The couple married on March 21, 1948, in Reno, Nev. They lived in Marysville, Sloughhouse and then Grass Valley. Mr. Cooley worked on ranches as a foreman and Mrs. Cooley cooked for all the ranch hands, rode horses and helped put out salt in the mountains for the cattle.

Mrs. Cooley’s parents moved to Grass Valley in 1944 and had one of the largest herds of Polled Herefords in the area.




Mrs. Cooley helped start, and was among the first to volunteer, at Mount Saint Mary’s Thrift Store, where she worked for more than six years. Her hobbies included gardening, crocheting, sewing and cooking.

Mrs. Cooley is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Dennis Harvey of Grass Valley; brothers and sisters-in-law Harvey and Elsie Richardson of Cassel and Carl and Gwenn Richardson of Grass Valley; grandsons Justin and Matthew Carman of Grass Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dusty; parents; and brothers Lloyd and Glenn Richardson.

Memorial contributions can be made in Mrs. Cooley’s name to the Northern California Make a Wish Foundation or to the charity of your choice.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


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