BAXTER, Mrs. Gladys Elizabeth Mary Baxter, beloved wife of Mr. Howard Baxter of Red Deer, passed away peacefully with her husband of thirty-one years by her side, after a lengthy illness, at the Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta on Thursday, January 26, 2006 at the age of 70 years. Gladys was born on November 20, 1935 at North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Gladys supported herself through one year of teacher training and returned to North Battleford to teach Grade One. She was honoured that year as the recipient of the "Girl Of The Year" Award which was bestowed upon her by her peers and members of the community. Her teaching career took her around the world and she taught in Inuvik, Scotland, Yellowknife, Toronto and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Gladys was a very gracious and loving wife, step-mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all. She was completely devoted to her family and loved caring for them and doing many special things for them. She was also a faithful and committed member of the Knox Presbyterian Church in Red Deer. Gladys was a very creative and talented lady who loved to crochet, make beautiful crafts and then adorn her family’s home with all her handmade treasures, as well as the many items she lovingly made and gave away. She also loved to garden and her home was beautifully kept inside and out. Gladys was a very special person whose compassion and thoughtfulness touched all those around her. Gladys loved to laugh and her positive perspective and love of life made her a joy to be around. Gladys will be very sadly missed but lovingly remembered and forever cherished in the hearts of her family and her many dear friends. Gladys leaves to mourn her loss, her loving husband and best friend, Howard Baxter of Red Deer, her step-daughter, Shannon (Gideon) Lu of Airdrie and her grandchildren, Amanda and David Lu. She will also be very sadly missed by her sister-in-law, Violet Mackie of Glaslyn, Saskatchewan, her nephews, Richard 'Ricky' (Nancy) Mackie, Wallace 'Wally' (Kathy) Mackie, as well as numerous other relatives, her church family and many dear friends. Gladys was predeceased by her brothers, James Douglas Mackie and William John ‘Jock’ Mackie. A Public Celebration of Gladys' Life will be held at the Knox Presbyterian Church, 4718 Ross Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation entrusted to the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. If desired, Memorial Donations in Gladys's honour may be made directly to the Knox Presbyterian Church Mission & Society Fund, 4718 Ross Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1X2. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at Service and Cremation Providers: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820-45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 347-2222. "DOWNTOWN RED DEER"

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