Gladys Jewel Elson Lair


Gladys Jewel Elson Lair, 86, died Feb. 16, 2006 in Phoenix. She was born Aug. 24, 1919 in De Witt, Mo., to Jim and Nola Elson.

Mrs. Lair was a longtime Arizona resident, having lived on the campus of Pendergast School, where her father was custodian and bus driver.

She is survived by her three children, Jim (Jane) Lair, Ron (Cindy) Lair and Ileen (Bob) Wahlstrom; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; siblings, Marian (Butch) Leatherman and Harold (Marian) Elson.

She was preceded in death by five of her seven brothers and sisters; and her husband, Orien Lair.

A memorial service was held Feb. 20 at the West End Baptist Church with graveside services and interment Feb. 21 at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home. An online guest book is available at

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