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Born: Aug 18, 1937

Date of Passing: Apr 28, 2020

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August 18, 1937 - April 28, 2020

While her daughters, Candyce and Gae Lynn, held her hands, Gladys left this earth for heaven and walked straight into the waiting arms of her beloved Ray, and they are now waltzing together forever.
Just like the day their dad passed, it was raining, which again seemed to honour their tears as they bid goda nott to their mom.
Gladys was born August 18, 1937 on Hecla Island (Mikley) to first generation "Vestur Íslendingars", Helgi and Ingabjorg (Emma) Sigurgeirson. She was the "Baby" of the family, and the last surviving sibling to Wilma, DeeDee, Binnie and Marge. She loved her Hecla home, but left briefly to attend Success Business College, and then work at The Royal Trust in Winnipeg. She returned to the Island to marry Raymond Kjartanson on November 5, 1960, where they raised two daughters, until they moved to Winnipeg in 1966. She worked at the Hy-Line Credit Union for many years, loved her job, as well as all the great lifelong friends and memories she made there.
She and Ray spent their retirement summers travelling in their 5th wheel, attending old time dances and fiddle festivals around Manitoba with their friends. She so enjoyed the time spent parking the trailer back at her childhood homestead, just relaxing, going for boat rides with Ray around the Island, and visiting with her brother, Binnie. She was very proud of her Icelandic heritage, and spoke the language her whole life.
As a Mom and Amma, we will deeply miss the "real" you, before your spirit was stolen by the devastating Alzheimer disease. It did not win! We will only remember your sweet and compassionate nature, great sense of humour, how you were always willing to listen, baker of the best Icelandic brown bread, your cute little toodle-loo farewells, and your beautiful red hair! But above all, your love and pride for all of us.
Mom loved music, it was a huge part of her entire life. Her last day we played the tunes of her favourite band, Johnny and his Musical Mates, as well as recordings of The Fine Country Folk, and the Riverton Hootenanny. Mom's faith was very strong and as she left us, she was listening to one of her favourite Hymns – Rock of Ages. We know it helped in her final journey as her eyes actually fluttered during the last verse of the Hymn.

Mom, it gives us great comfort
to know you are with Dad now,
because you've heartbreakingly
missed him the past three years.
We miss you both and until we meet again,
vid elskum big.

Lovingly remembered by her daughters, Candyce Paterson (Scott), Gae Lynn Labossiere (Bob); and granddaughters, Meaghan McCullough (Adam), and Emma Labossiere (Brock Zimak).
All those wishing to do so, may make a donation in her honour to a charity of their choice.
Gladys will be laid to rest beside her soulmate and best friend, Ray, at the Hecla cemetery. Celebration of Life and interment to be announced at a later date.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 02, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Ladies, what a beautiful tribute to your mother's life....she was beautiful inside and out. Her warm welcome and true gratitude of family at family gatherings are in my mind. May you find comfort that your parents waltz will never end. take care the 3M's - Posted by: 3M's (family) on: May 03, 2020

  • Sorry for your loss. Part of our heart is gone but memories last forever. - Posted by: Suzanne Labossiere (Aunt to Gay Lynn and Bob) on: May 02, 2020

  • Aunty Perry was my favorite aunt. She was so good to me when Heather passed. Bought me a big rooster chocolate for Easter. Always would take me swimming with Uncle Raymond, my favorite uncle. They would take me to Rak's for a sundae with a stick for a spoon or a screwball. She would come up with some comments as I grew older, cute ones. Ones I will never forget. To all of you, deepest condolences to a wonderful aunt. Always in my heart. Till I see you again, may this song never end, remember this is not goodbye. "Johnny Reid" the song I sung to my big brother as he was dying in AB - Posted by: Signey Austfjord (Neice) on: May 02, 2020

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