Gladys Irene (Batt) Andres passed away February 15, 2021, after a stroke. Gladys was born December, 14, 1925, to Irene and Roger Batt who lived at a homestead farm on the Wilder bench. Gladys was the youngest of five children. She and her siblings (Donald, Wendell, Margaret and Harold) were all raised on the farm and attended Wilder schools.
Family farm life, gatherings of the extended Batt clan, and her Wilder school experiences were fond memories for Gladys. Hop harvest in the fall was particularly exciting. After high school graduation, during World War II, Gladys attended the University of Idaho for one term, and then moved to Portland, Oregon, for nurses training. At the end of the war, she married Maurice Fillmore, a high school classmate. Gladys’ three children Terry, Tom and Jan were born between 1946 and 1950. After her marriage ended in divorce, Gladys met Frank Joseph Andres from Potlatch, Idaho, who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. They were married in 1953. Frank adopted the three children and introduced the family to the Catholic church, a source of shared faith and bond within the family. Frank and Gladys moved from Caldwell to Ontario to Boise, and eventually back to Wilder, where they owned and managed the Wilder Market for many years. Gladys had a remarkable talent as a bookkeeper/accountant and managed the payroll and accounts for her father and three brothers who had several farm companies. At the Wilder Market, her organizational skills and fine business sense were key components of the store’s success. Gladys never missed a numeral or decimal. Terry, Tom and Jan have memories of the whole family being together, working at the store, and often visiting with Mom up in the business office.
Gladys loved golf and bowling, and had many joyous years playing in the women’s league with her friends. She enjoyed the kitchen. Her culinary enthusiasm infected all three of her children, who likewise love to prepare a meal to share together. Family meals, Batt clan celebrations at Thanksgiving and Christmas, trips to the cabin in McCall, and the celebration after midnight mass are family memories held dear.
After Frank’s death in 2004, Gladys was able to live independently at her home in Caldwell, as well as senior residences in Boise, with the loving support of her daughter and son-in-law Jan and Terry Brady.
Gladys is survived by her three children and nine grandchildren.
One of her favorite charities is Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Living (P.O. Box 7494, Boise, ID 83707) that provides shelter and rehabilitation support for women seeking to establish a new life after addiction, homelessness, incarceration or abuse.
Gladys will be buried next to Frank at the Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell. After COVID, and when safe, the extended family will gather to celebrate the blessing of her life.
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