Gladys Marion Foster (nee Driedger)

07/25/1945 - 11/20/2022


Obituary For Gladys Marion Foster (nee Driedger)

On Sunday, November 20, 2022, Gladys Foster passed away peacefully at the Grande Prairie Care Centre, in Grande Prairie, AB, at the age of 77 years.

Gladys was born on July 25, 1945, in Herbert, SK, to Jacob and Susan Driedger. The Driedger family moved several times throughout Alberta, eventually settling in Grande Prairie. It was there Gladys graduated from high school (1963) and went on to attend Peace River Bible Institute (1964). The following year she attended college for administration and received a one-year certificate (1965). Gladys immediately went to work for Lewis and Wright, a local insurance company, which was followed by short-term employment at the Alberta Treasury Branch in Beaverlodge, AB.

In 1969, Gladys married Norman Foster. Together they raised three children: Stuart, Julie, and Jesse. She was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. While Norman worked long hours, it was Gladys who was the foundation of the home, caring for her children and later her grandchildren.

It was in the home that Gladys was most content. She would often quilt family members' blankets, read her devotions/Bible, and she enjoyed decorating her home. Her tender heart in the home carried on into the community and she often volunteered at the Beaverlodge Alliance Church and Burden Bearers in Grande Prairie.

Gladys was a shy lady, but if you listened closely her dry quick wit would often have everyone in stitches. She once said the secret to a good marriage is, “being able to laugh”. Norman honoured his vows with Gladys and lovingly stepped into the role of caregiver when she needed more assistance due to her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Thank you, Dad, for taking care of our dear mom. Also, thank you to Gladys’s caregivers over the last ten years: Brenda, Heather, Leanora, Colleen, and Elma; as well as the staff at the Grande Prairie Care Centre. We (the Foster family) appreciate your hard work and caring hearts.

Gladys is survived by her husband Norman Foster; her daughter Julie Forbes (Jason and their children: Hudson, Sullivan, and Indie) of Grande Prairie, and her son Jesse Foster (Tania and their children: Brynn, Declan, and Kellen) of Beaverlodge. She also leaves behind her sisters Ester Penner (Gerry) of Washington, USA, and Carol Stark (Richard) of Oregon, USA.

She was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Susan Driedger; her brothers in-law Roger Baron and K. Neill Foster; her sister in-law: Marilynne Foster; as well as her son Stuart Foster.

A Funeral Service will be held on December 2, 2022, at 2:00pm, at the Beaverlodge Alliance Church (409 10 st.). Interment to follow at the Beaverlodge Cemetery.

A Livestream of the service will be accessible 15 minutes prior to the service on Gladys’s obituary on Oliver’s Funeral Home website.

Donations may be made in Gladys’s memory to Peace River Bible Institute (9601 100 St, Sexsmith, AB T0H 3C0), or to the Pregnancy Care Centre (9909- 102 Street, 214 Place North Suite 525, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2V4).

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  • 11/29/2022

    I have many fun and lovely memories of time spent with Gladys, Julie, and the family. Her kind manner and sharp wit always brought ease and humour to every situation. Sending love and prayers for peace and comfort as you remember your sweet mom.

  • 11/27/2022

    Such sad news.I have very fond memories of dear Gladys and her droll sense of humour, a very lovely lady. Condolences to my dear cuz Norman and all the family. We will be thinking of you in the sad days to come xx

  • 11/26/2022

    Sincere condolences Norm, Jess and family, she is a true angel. Thoughts and prayers with you all Pat and Darcy BaIrd

  • 11/26/2022

    My sincere sympathy. Gladys was such a lovely lady and was so caring toward her mom living in home at Hythe.

  • 11/25/2022

    Family of Gladys Foster, We remember her as being one of the best Pioneer Girl leaders She was great ! Joan and Charlie White and family.

  • 11/25/2022

    My deepest sympathy to Norm, Jesse and Family, Julie and Family. Cathy Leighton

  • 11/25/2022

    Condolences to Norm and family and friends. Thinking of you all.

  • 11/25/2022

    Sending love from The Lepp family. We have very good memories we will cherish forever , she was and always will be an extremely wonderful lady. Hugs and prayers to Norm and his family. Love Shani

  • 11/24/2022

    Our deepest condolences to Norm and the entire family. Arden and Joanne Hotte

  • 11/24/2022

    Please accept our sincere condolences from Tim Foster and family. Auntie Gladys will be missed, especially her dry sense of humour. May you find comfort in the best wishes and support from family and friends during this difficult time.

  • 11/24/2022

    Norman, Jesse, Tanya and family, Julie, Jason and family. Thinking of you all. I appreciated Gladys and her sense of quiet caring. She was so kind.

  • 11/24/2022

    So sorry for your loss. I always remember Gladys at the school bringing treats for the staff, sharing her wonderful memories and always caring about the staff and students. She was a compassionate and caring woman, a treasure to her family and our community. Gena and Doug Jones.

  • 11/24/2022

    Condolences to you and your Family Norm. God Bless 🙏

  • 11/24/2022

    My sincere condolences to Norman and family. Love and hugs

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