Gladys passed away November 24, 2013 in Saanich Peninsula Hospital. She loved life and lived in the present moment. She had strong opinions on people, politics and power. She was concerned that climate change is a threat to mankind. Fine (classical) music and her park like gardens were a real and constant pleasure for her.
Gladys seldom talked about her past despite having an interesting life story. Raised in Vancouver, Gladys became accomplished in music, singing and multiple languages. As a young woman, she sang with the San Francisco Opera company, fulfilling one of her dreams. She became fluent in French in order to live and work in Paris. Securing a position with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), she worked in France for 20 years until her retirement to Sidney BC in 1984.
On her return to Canada, Gladys enjoyed her stray cats, comfortable home, extensive gardens, live music and local community. She continued to travel abroad annually. She had a deep love and concern for all animals and she always fed the raccoons, squirrels and birds.
For us, she was the last of her generation; being pre-deceased by her beloved husband Jacques in 1992 and her brother Douglas Yearwood in 2003. Gladys will be missed by her family and friends for her compassion, progressive thinking, intelligence and her love of life. No funeral service by her request. Donations in her memory can be made to Saanich Peninsula Palliative care.