July 14, 1930 – Vegreville, AB
August 19, 2019 – Black Diamond, Alberta
Dorothy Jean Gladish, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 19, 2019, at the age of 89 years.
Dorothy was the youngest daughter of Mary and Oliver Campbell; she was raised on a farm in Vegreville, AB with her siblings Walter, Mary Jane, and Ernie. She was a pioneer of her time and was the first of her family to seek higher education, beginning with a scholarship in writing to the Banff School of Fine Arts. Dorothy went on to attend Teacher’s College and taught nine grades in a one-room schoolhouse before embarking on the next chapter in her life. She had an adventurous spirit and proved it by hitchhiking across Canada (more than once). She worked as a waitress on a ship, a cigarette girl, picked fruit in orchards, wrote copy for various radio stations, and worked as a telephone operator on a military base in Whitehorse. It was there a friend introduced her to her future husband, Robert Gladish.
Dorothy and her husband were intensely proud to be the founders of the Lakeland School for the Handicapped in Cold Lake, AB in the late 1960s. This accomplishment was ground-breaking in terms of providing educational services to the handicapped. Her community-minded spirit extended to High River where she served as a member and president of the High River Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.
An accomplished and published writer, Dorothy’s creative skills were not confined to the written word. She was a prolific visual artist producing pieces in various medium. She also had a beautiful singing voice which she shared during her involvement with Windmill Theatre in the Sound of Music. Dorothy’s love of family and history contributed to her intense passion for genealogy. Her thorough approach ensured the authenticity of her research, gaining the respect of other genealogists from across the globe who would seek her assistance in their research. Dorothy will be deeply missed in the hearts of those she has left behind. She will always be cherished and forever remembered.
She is survived by her daughters, Melinda (Brian) Mayan, Valerie Gladish and Jacqueline (Dave) Roe; her two grandchildren, Andrew and Rachel Roe; and her many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at the (High River Culture Centre 251 9 Ave SW, High River, AB T1V 1A4) on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. The family would like to thank friends and loved ones along with Rising Sun staff in Black Diamond for their compassionate care and support.
In living memory of Dorothy Gladish, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.Print This Obituary & Condolences