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WILLDIG, Gladys Muriel (nee Newel)

January 12, 1928 – Calgary, AB
July 21, 2014 – Airdrie, AB

Gladys Willdig, beloved wife of Gordon Willdig of Airdrie, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the age of 86 years after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Gladys was born in Calgary on January 12, 1928 and graduated from the nursing program at Calgary General Hospital in 1950. After marrying Gordon in 1951, she moved to Keoma and became an active part of the community. She was involved in numerous clubs and activities while raising their four children on the farm. She was a dedicated farm wife and mother, always putting family first.

Gladys is survived by her husband Gordon of sixty-three years; her children, Brian (Ibi) of Calgary, Mark (Wendy) of Didsbury; Susan (Murray) of Edson and Ian (Jennifer) of Keoma; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Larry Newel (Helen) of Calgary; her sister Ethel Gilchrist of Ottawa; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gladys was predeceased by her brother Hal Newel and her sister Sheila Dixon.

At Gladys’ request a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire memorial tributes can be made to Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 Telephone: 403-243-9901, The family would like to thank the staff at the Bethany Care Center in Airdrie for the care provided and support to the family.

In living memory of Gladys Willdig, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100

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  1. Roger Beattie :

    To Gordon and Family:
    Sue and I were saddened to hear of Gladys’ passing, she was a great neighbor and friend.

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  2. Brett Poffenroth :

    My sympathies to the Willdig family. Gladys was a good friend to mom, dad and our family.

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  3. Pauline and Dale Allsop and family :

    Sending out deepest heartfelt sympathy to you Gordon, Ian and family, Mark and family and Susan and family….we are thinking of you all at this time of sorrow. We loved visiting Gladys on the farm…having tea and talking over family times together. She was an amazing lady and I myself (Pauline) am happy to have met her in my life with Dale….Stay strong all of you…life is good and we will stay strong for you……

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  4. Dear Gordon & Family, Our Sympathies to all of your family. We have not met since the winter of 1951-52 , when you kindly gave myself & Hellen help when our pickup gas line froze up one night about a 1/4 mile east on hywy # 9. We called a Garage in Beiseker & they came with a tow truck.
    Gladys’ obituary portrays a wonderful family. I would appreciate discussing our school days & who is still around from school days. Thanks, Ron

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  5. Lynn Cannon from All About Seniors :

    Dear Gordon and Susan. I am so sorry for your loss. You provided such love and compassion to Gladys and it was obvious she was greatly loved. Surround yourself in your precious memories. Thank you for allowing us to care for her. Blessings, Lynn Cannon – All About Seniors.

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  6. Hazel Jobson :

    Our condolences to you all, from Hazel Jobson and family.

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