Gladys Wirsch of Trail passed away in her room at Columbia View Lodge on December 21, 2015 at the age of 94. She was born in Hull, England on March 12, 1921.
Gladys was predeceased by her first husband George Long, killed in action in WWII, her parents Olive and Ernest Kirby, her brother Ernie Kirby, her son George Long, and her loving husband of 43 years, Edwin.
Gladys is survived by her sons Larry (Diana) of Montrose, Howard (Barb) of Abbotsford, and daughter Joy (Bill) of Edmonton, her granddaughters Erin (Jeremy) of Penticton, Kelly (Trevor) of Oasis, grandson Graham of Fruitvale, her great grandchildren Keith, Anna, Brennan, Evan, Nolan, baby Mira, nieces Kathleen in Australia, and Susan in Oasis.
Gladys lost her first husband George, a RCAF pilot, during WWII, and immigrated to Canada in 1945 with her infant son George. They traveled across Canada by train to live in Trail, with her in-laws. She met Edwin and was married Dec. 28 1950. Together they had two sons and a daughter.
Gladys loved to travel, and did a lot of camping only because Edwin liked to camp.
Being an avid Trail Smokeater fan, she attended games faithfully until she was in her early 90’s.
She was a long time member of the Pythian Sisters, and was Grand Secretary, and Grand Chief.
Funeral Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church on December 30, 2015 at 11:00 am, 1347 Pine Ave, Trail. Interment will follow at River View Cemetery. For those who wish donations to the Pythian Sisters Cerebral Palsy Fund, PO Box 3064, Courtenay, BC, V9N 5N3, would be greatly appreciated. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence on the family’s online register