A beautiful gentle spirit left this world as our mother passed on March 19,2022. Gladys was born the second eldest of 7 children to Fredjoe and Evelyn Helgason in 1932 on the Elfros farm. With her soft spoken and patient character, she soon became a favourite, helping care for her younger siblings and baking for the family. Time spent with her grandfather as a child would fuel her lifelong love and connection to her Icelandic heritage. As a young girl she performed domestic duties for local families, but her heart was truly at home. A chance meeting doing the twostep dance with charmer, Len Gudmundson (dad) would carve a new future. They married in May 1954 and would enjoy 50+ years of marriage. They moved to Saskatoon and soon welcomed 4 handsome sons. Many new faces joined the table of life and she welcomed each with love and kindness. Gladys was a welcoming dedicated homemaker with a kitchen of perpetual wonderful smells. She was a creative seamstress, sketcher, painter, and clay artist. A gracious intelligent lady, she held a strong interest in politics and world events and read extensively. She was unconditionally supportive and looked positively on every situation. “Better days ahead” was her philosophy. She treasured special bonds with each of her 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren smiling with sparkle at each success shared till the end whether it was a new job or a baby’s very first steps. Her close-knit relationships with her siblings remained forever strong and family reunions became pinnacle celebrations. A modest, humble lady with quiet strength, she always saw the good in everyone. She was a rare individual who actually never spoke ill of anyone and retained unfettering integrity. Mom was a most grateful lady till her very last moments and her song will continue in our lives. She was predeceased by her husband Len in 2007 and will be missed by Mark, Lee (Cecile), Darren (Sharon), Jason and their families. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday March 26,2022 11:00 a.m. at St. Davids Trinity Church, 3318 Merritt Street, Saskatoon.
To view the recorded service, please go to the link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CyjDNGr0kn4Uh_jzHYDCFFnCV5qNTX0Z/view?usp=sharing