Gladys Rose Trewhitt

February 3, 1925 – January 28, 2012

Gladys Trewhitt of Oyama passed away peacefully at the age of 86. Gladys was the loving wife of Arnold for 68 years, devoted mother of 9 children (Arlene, Cheryl, Carolynne, Teresa, Beverly, Trudy, Debbie, Lori, and John), grandmother of 16, and great-grandmother of 12 “dear souls.”

Gladys moved to Oyama when she was 6 years old, and over the years, her contributions to the community were too numerous to count. To name a few, she started and led Girl Guides; she was a long-time member of the Kalamalka Women’s Institute; she raised money for charities like Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion and the Terry Fox Run; she spent many hours preserving Oyama’s history; and she organized countless other community events. Behind the scenes, Gladys’ compassion for people was also tireless and unconditional. There was not a person in need in the community who did not receive baking, sewing, knitting, or some other form of support and care from Gladys.

Gladys felt at home in nature. She and Arnold hiked all over BC, even into their 80s. Together, they built and maintained miles of trail, including the Okanagan’s High Rim Trail. Gladys’ knowledge of nature and love of all creatures was another quality that made her so incomparable.

For Gladys, family always came first. And to her family, Gladys’ strength, wisdom, kindness, and selflessness was an example for all:

“You’re a woman who’s admired and loved for who you are,

You’re our soul and inspiration, you’re our guiding star.

Dad must have seen your halo, when he fell for you,

For you’re truly an Angel, through and through!”

Gladys’ beauty, inside and out, will forever be remembered and celebrated as a gift to the many, many lives she touched.

At Gladys’ request, no service will be held.

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