Passed on November 19, 2020
(nee Torgerson) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gladys McDonnell on November 19, 2020, at Teulon Goodwin Lodge with her loving husband by her side. Although they could not always be together, Gordon never missed a day seeing his wife.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 68 years, Gordon “Corky.” Daughter-in-law Lesley (Ray), Brook and Reed (Leanne); son Joe (Linda), Lori (Greg), Courtney and Carolyn, Karin (Patrick); Jordan, Jesse, and Jaxson, Derek (Emily), Nolan, Oliver and Finn; son Owen (Roseanne); Janna and Jared; son Grant (Bev), Stephanie; daughter Carol (Tom), Jill (Kevin), Whitney, Wes (J’aime), Easton, Tamsen; daughter Sharon (Scott), Sarah and Keith. Sister Agda (Gary) and family.
Gladys is predeceased by her parents, John and Beda, brothers Roy and Gus (Jean), granddog Max, and the heartbreaking loss of her son, Doug.
Gladys was born in her family home in Lillesve, Manitoba, on February 8, 1931. She enjoyed her time at Morning Star School, trapping rabbits after school and weekends, and then working at Eaton’s Mail Order. Mom loved to dance and listen to country music, meeting Corky at a hockey game in Lundar thanks to her sister, Agda’s matchmaking. Corky and Gladys were married in 1952, first residing in Warren to start farming, where all of their six children were born. The family moved to Gunton to pursue dairy farming; Mom became involved with the community volunteering at the local hall. Gladys and her husband built deep relationships with their neighbours and dear friends, the Carlsons and the crew down Greenwood Road. During their retirement, they moved to Teulon, where she joined the Teulon Junior Hospital Guild. Wherever Gladys lived, she took great pride in her yard, especially her spruce trees, flowers, and rocks. Winning awards and a popular destination for local wedding pictures. Mom was a fabulous cook; her grandchildren’s favourites include her various cookies and homemade bread and buns. Her family will miss her Swedish baking, such as lefse, donuts, and gingersnaps. Gladys was always on the move travelling to Palm Springs, Maritimes, Sweden, Nashville, British Columbia, Booster Lake, and Falcon Lake. Gordon and Gladys enjoyed travelling around southern Manitoba for fiddling concerts and casino trips. The trips didn’t have to be big; she was happy to just be cruising the countryside; all roads seemed to lead to Gus and Jean’s.
Mom’s family was her passion; she may have been small in stature, but she had the biggest heart. She loved going to Polo Park with her daughters, shopping, getting a perm, and people watching. Gladys liked to look good, always up to date with the latest fashions and home decorations. Mom had a love for horses that beginning during childhood. She liked to play bingo and the slots and happy hour with her sons at the T.M.H. Her grandsons remember her love for watching them play hockey (two hands on the stick) and staying at hotels during tournaments. Mom loved her family holidays, Christmas tree hunts at Chatfield and her Halloween costumes. She was by far the coolest Grandma in the world, a real shining star.
Due to COVID-19, the family will have a gathering at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gladys’s memory to Teulon Goodwin Lodge.
We are extremely grateful for the care Mom received at Teulon Hospital and Goodwin Lodge. The family would like to especially thank ALL THE STAFF for their support and compassion. It truly made a difference!
In memory of Gladys, please smile, be kind to each other, and live each day to the fullest. We love you, Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma. We will miss you, dearly. Rest in peace with Doug by your side. It’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you later till we meet again, Darling.
Condolences to all the family. Gladys was a wonderful person, always so friendly. Judy Gleich on behalf of the Leo Halldorson family.
To Gordon and family; you have lost a beautiful person. She will be missed.
My sincere sympathy to all the family on the loss of such a lovely lady.
Terry (Tarrant) Billingham
To Gordon and family, Your loss is felt by many people. After meeting your mother in 1972 at our wedding we have always felt honored to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Her love and kindness was felt by all who knew her. She never complained about her ailments. I know hardships were many but she now can Rest in Peace in a place that we will all meet away in time. May God bless you all. May he give you strength and courage to keep your good memories in your heart each trying day.
Leonard and Josie Lindley
Condolence to Corky and the family Gladys was always a nice person love going to her mom and dad‘s with my Amma.
Our deepest condolences. Gladys was a wonderful woman
Bruce and Lisa Twerdochlib and family
Such a loss. Our thoughts are with the family. We will miss Gladys and will keep her in our heart
Love the Killbery’s
Sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was such a sweet lady. Treasure your memories they last forever. Hugs to you all.
Bill and Lori Mtt
Condolences to the whole family, treasure all your wonderful memories!!! Blessed❤️, a beautiful angel,
Patsy an Stu
Sincere condolences to the entire McDonnell family. She will be missed.
My thoughts are with you Gord, and family. My deepest condolences.
Sincere sympathy to the McDonnell family.
Sorry for your family’s loss. Gladys was a remarkable woman, always smiling and friendly.
Joel Marie McDonald
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