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GLADYS EILEEN TAIT

Born: Mar 23, 1923

Date of Passing: Dec 31, 2014

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GLADYS EILEEN TAIT (nee PURVIS) It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gladys Eileen Tait on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at the age of 91 years. Gladys was born on March 23, 1923, in Holland, Manitoba, the only child of Fred and Emma Purvis. On September 12, 1953, Gladys married the love of her life, Alexander Frederick Tait, and together their passion for travel took them to many parts of Canada and the United States. Alex sudden passing on November 10, 1992 was devastating for Gladys. Never one to complain, Gladys picked herself up, dusted herself off and faced this new stage of life with bravery. Fiercely independent, Gladys lived life to the fullest. Not one to miss an opportunity to continue her love of travel Gladys took trips with family and friends as often as she could. Gladys' love of music was also extensive as she attended concerts for numerous famous performers wherever and whenever the opportunity arose. Gladys spoke fondly of the 30 years she spent working at Swifts Meat Packing where she developed friendships that she was proud to say lasted her life time. Gladys will forever be remembered as a kind and gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humour and the heart of an angel. May she rest in peace now that she and Alex are reunited. As per Gladys wishes, interment has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. A special thank you to the staff at River Ridge Retirement Residence and Seven Oaks Hospital Unit 5, Third Floor for your care and compassion. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. www.chapellawn.ca 885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 10, 2015

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Gladys was my neighbour on the second floor at Riverbend Plaza. Although we were neighbours for only 15 years, it seemed like so much more, as she was always a cheerful and dear friend, and our times together marked by so many enjoyable memories. At Riverbend Plaza, we shared in fun activities with other friends, playing cards or crib most every night. Then there were the occasional trips to dine out, and frequent visits to South Osborne Legion for crib. We also travelled together taking in numerous Caribbean cruises and a couple in Europe. It is still fun and wonderful to reflect upon those times. She was always pleasant, and always said good-bye with a cheery ‘See you later’. I’ll always have lovely memories of you, Gladys. - Posted by: Geri (Germaine) Sawchuk (friend) on: Jan 23, 2015

  • Gladys was always in my life she was my older cousin, our families were always close growing up. After Alex passed away we became closer, taking her shopping, we went on a few cruises together, short trips, movies, concerts, Christmas dinners, birthday parties we had great times together. I enjoyed her sense of humor, her get up & go spirit. In her last days we spent most days together taking her downstairs at the hospital. She really enjoyed Tim's coffee, taking her to the front entrance to look out the windows, we watched the first snowfall together, going through the gift shop looking at the Christmas items that just arrived. Over the year we became friends as well as being cousins, I'm finding it hard accepting her passing. She is sincerely missed. Lovingly missed. - Posted by: Carolyn Kowalchuk & Family (Cousin) on: Jan 19, 2015

  • I have known Gladys and Alex since 1965. I always enjoyed their company, and later, when Gladys was alone, I enjoyed having lunch with her, and Carol Kowalchuk. She was an amazing lady, always looked lovely, and enjoyed being with people. She was very busy playing cards and visiting people in her building before she took ill. I have fond memories. - Posted by: Diane Turner (Friend) on: Jan 19, 2015

  • Gladys and I were both born at Holland MB and attended school there, she later moved to Winnipeg and I went to Brandon and various places in Saskatchewan so we didn't see one another often until many years latter. Gladys will always be remembered as a loving caring person, we are ever so thankful for the many visits she and Alex made with my late mother Irene at Treherne. My wife and I, Louise, visited Gladys many times in recent years and were thankful that we were able to say our Goodbyes to her in hospital before her death. (Submitted by Cousin Harvey Purvis Brandon.) - Posted by: Harvey Purvis (Cousin) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • Gladys and Alex were cousins, Alex was related to my husband, Jim. We spent many weekends camping at St. Malo together with Tiny, Andy, Richard, Henry and Louis. Gladys was a great conversationalist and I will miss her telephone calls during which we caught up on family members. Gladys was always busy keeping in touch with people and travelling with friends. She will be greatly missed. Irene - Posted by: Irene McCormick (Cousin) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • My wife Dale and I have had the privilege and good fortune to have known Gladys and Alex for many years. For many years we exchanged telephone calls with Gladys on average twice a month. We will always remember her wonderful, delightful, and sharp sense of humour, as well as her deep compassion for others. We still find it difficult to accept that Gladys has passed on. Clearly, God needed another angel in heaven to keep a watchful eye on all who dearly loved her. We miss her terribly and wish her well in her spiritual journey. We believe that Gladys and Alex will be greeting each and everyone of us when it becomes our turn to leave this world. Love, Jim and Dale. - Posted by: Jim and Dale Cardinal (A dear and close friend for many years.) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • I've known Alex and Gladys ever since I was a kid when we were camping at St. Malo Provincial Park with my parents Andy and Beatrice (Tiny) and my 2 brothers Henri and Louis. Gladys use to work with my mother(Tiny)at Swift Packers. Alex and Gladys had wonderful stories to tell about their trips to the USA with their motor home. We even got to meet one of their cousins, Jimmy and Irene McCormick with their kids Darren and Colleen of which we are still friends with. I will miss her a lot. She was like another mother to me after my mother passed away in May 2008. We would call each other up about every other month. I will miss her expressions and her voice and the great conversations we had. May you rest in peace and say Hi to the rest of the gang up there. Till we meet again. - Posted by: Richard Girouard (Friend) on: Jan 10, 2015

  • I've known Alex and Gladys ever since I was a kid when we were camping at St. Malo Provincial Park with my parents Andy and Beatrice (Tiny) and my 2 brothers Henri and Louis. Gladys use to work with my mother(Tiny)at Swift Packers. Alex and Gladys had wonderful stories to tell about their trips to the USA with their motor home. We even got to meet one of their cousins, Jimmy and Irene McCormick with their kids Darren and Colleen of which we are still friends with. I will miss her a lot. She was like another mother to me after my mother passed away in May 2008. We would call each other up about every other month. I will miss her expressions and her voice and the great conversations we had. May you rest in peace and say Hi to the rest of the gang up there. Till we meet again. - Posted by: Richard Girouard (Friend) on: Jan 10, 2015

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