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THOMAS – Gladys Irene

December 11, 1914 – July 22, 2010

It is with deep sorrow and a profound sense of loss that the family of Gladys Thomas (nee Mjolsness) announce that she passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the age of 95 years.

Gladys was predeceased by her husband Alf in 1967, and is survived by her sons Ken, Ron (Judy), and Allan (Ingrid); grandchildren Courtney Thomas (Shaun Badry), Cristina Roberts (Phil), and Stephanie Thomas (Michael Sprake); great-grandchildren Greta, Eric, and Annelise; and brother Chester Mjolsness.

Gladys was born in Didsbury and raised on the family farm at McDougall Flats, where she attended school. Gladys lived in the Sundre area for more than fifty years until Alf’s new career as a lay minister in the United Church resulted in their moving to Hines Creek, Alberta in 1966. After Alf’s sudden passing in 1967, Gladys moved to Calgary to be near her family, where she remained, except for two years when she was in Vienna, Austria with her son Ken. She lived at the Bow-Crest Care Centre for the past six years, and her family is grateful to the staff there for the care she was given. Although wheelchair-bound in recent years, she remained cheerful and friendly to all, traits characteristic of her throughout her life. A woman of abiding faith and unfailing optimism, nothing meant more to Gladys than her family and friends. Her love, caring, and happiness continue to be an inspiration to all.

Funeral Services will be held at Sundre United Church (118 Centre Street North, Sundre, Alberta) on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Sundre Cemetery. You may forward condolences through . If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Foundation For Prader-Willi Research Canada in support of Gladys’s great-grandaughter, Greta Thomas-Sprake. Go to  and click “In Memory of Gladys Thomas”, or a cheque made payable to Foundation for Prader Willi Research Canada can be sent c/o 237 Scotia Point NW, Calgary, AB T3L 2B1.

In living memory of Gladys Thomas, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. June Kraft, Pat and Doug Lunden, Stephen and Laura Kraft :

    We were always so pleased to see Gladys when she visited Judy and Ron in Edmonton. She was with them for some Christmas time celebrations and was always a welcome and happy addition to the family gatherings. Her love and joy in their daughter Courtney was always present. Our family sends our sympathy to Ron, Judy and Courtney and the rest of the Thomas family.

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  2. Melissia Walton :

    I am so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Thomas’s passing. I am part of Ron and Judy’s extended family and was always made part of their lives with Mrs. Thomas. Mellissia

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  3. Gail (Kolstad) Brookes :

    I’m so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. Gladys was one of those people who seemed like she would be here forever. I will never forget the fun we all had when Alvin and I went to Europe to see Kenny. I’m thinking of all of you at this sad time.

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  4. Christine Klassen :

    Grandma Thomas has been a part of all my memories growing up with Stephanie. I particularly remember going to her little cozy apartment and admiring all her fantastic knick-knacks (any little girl loved that kind of thing!) So sorry to hear of her passing and wish I could be there to celebrate her life with all of you. Lots of love, Christine

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