A lifetime resident of the area, Gladys Kyle passed away at the Bayfield Manor nursing home in Kemptville, on Monday, December 31, 2013. She was 93.
Gladys was born on October 15, 1920, on a farm near Elma, to Bernice and Flo Macintosh. She worked on the farm and grew up with her two siblings, Olive and Harold.
She went to school in Elma, and had her sister Olive as her teacher. After school, she worked at Davidson Jewellers in Winchester.
Gladys met Don Kyle through church functions, and they were married in 1942. Gladys and Don celebrated 51 years of marriage before Don passed away in 1993.
Gladys and Don had two children, Elaine, in 1943 and Bill in 1952.
In 1942, Gladys and Don moved to the Kyle family farm in Colqhoun with Sam and Nellie Kyle and worked the farm.They dairy farmed with a herd of about 50 cows until 1978.
Don was heavily involved in municipal politics and working on pipelines. Often it would be up to Gladys to perform the milking and supervise the farm.
After farming, Gladys worked at Upper Canada Village until 1985, where she enjoyed the work, her co-workers and the visitors immensely. She had the unique ability to meet people because she genuinely cared about other people and their stories. While working at the Village, she had the opportunity to be in several movies, including Tom Sawyer.
In 1996, Gladys moved to the Williamsburg Villa where she enjoyed the life and comradery until 2012, when she moved to Bayfield Manor in Kemptville.
Gladys loved family, friends and social gatherings, and her sense of community was immense. She looked forward to picnics, the annual Barkley picnic for one, all of the local fairs including the Chesterville fair which she never missed and many other local social events.
She loved going for boat rides with Glen Cunningham, but she especially loved family Sunday drives and visits that would usually end up in a picnic along the St Lawrence.
Gladys loved to travel and meet other people. Her adventures took her from Newfoundland tours to Alaska cruises, to Florida and to Europe. Always wanting to experience something new, she looked forward to the next bus trip with friends or excursions afar.
Whether it was a softball game, league bowling in Chesterville, the Matrons, Krokinole or checkers, Gladys loved to play games and sports. A special place was always held for euchre.
Church was a big part of Glady’s life as well. Not only did she rarely miss a Sunday service, but she also lived her life by the principles and values delivered in those services.
Gladys never turned down a request for help and cared for everyone she met. She was a long time member of the Womens Institute.
Gladys enjoyed all aspects of life and despite significant challenges threw at her from different quarters. She always had a smile on her face.
Her values were based on her family, her Church and her community, and she was loyal and committed to these values throughout her life.
Gladys is survived by her daughter Elaine Curran of Greely, and her grandchildren Kevin (Lydia) Curran of Russell and Leslie (Rob) Clarmo of Marionville. She will be fondly remembered by her great-grandchildren Jenna, Andrew and Cassandra Curran, and Kylie and Samantha Clarmo.She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Gladys was predeceased by her husband Don, her son Bill, her son-in-law Pat Curran, her sister Olive (Reg) Barkley, her brother Harold (Jean) McIntosh and her sister-in-law Marion (Lee) Smith.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, January 3, from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m., which was conducted by Rev. Janet Evans. Interment will be at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg. Pallbearers were Kevin Curran, Andrew Curran, Rob Clarmo and Jenna Curran.
Donations to Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.