Gladys Rose Wilson

Gladys R. Wilson, 96, of Muscatine, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Lutheran Living. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the New Hope United Methodist Church.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. Memorials may be directed to the New Hope United Methodist Church, Salvation Army and the Muscatine Humane Society in Gladys’ name.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

Gladys Rose Geirse was born on December 12, 1922 in Nichols, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Liddie R. (Balser) Geirse.  On March 23, 1942, Gladys was united in marriage to James L. Merideth in Kahoka, Missouri.  Following his passing, Gladys later married Lyle W. Wilson on October 23, 1955 in Davenport.   She and her husband, Lyle, owned Wilson Chick Hatchery from 1948-1962 and later Wilson True Value Hardware from 1962-2011.  Gladys was a faithful member of the New Hope United Methodist Church, who enjoyed her grandchildren, Brazilian craft, gardening, flowers and traveling. 

Gladys will be deeply missed by her children, Kathy (Bill) Umlandt and Connie (Andy)-Kral all of Muscatine, Nancy (Bob) Guyer of Iowa City and Jim Merideth of Muscatine; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands and one brother, Lloyd Geirse.