Dear Kathy, Karen, Gary, Ron and the rest of the family. I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Gladys will always hold a very special place in my heart. It is obvious that she positively affected many. How lucky we all have been to have experienced her. It's great to see all of the photos you've posted here.....such a lovely tribute to an exceptional lady. My prayers have been and will remain with you all. Love, Susan (Gunnell) Meister
Our prayers are with you. You are loved and missed.
Mom loved to come to church to see all the people she considered dear to her. We had no idea how much pain she lived in these past few years. But she would tough it up, dress her best and come to her FAMILY gathering of Harbor Angles, Sunday Services followed by Jerry O's Sunday School class and the Wednesday night diners and studies.
As difficult as it was, once her feet hit the church parking lot pavement, a peaceful smile would replace all the painful grimacing. She lived for those hugs and kisses, and I guess I must admit I was somewhat jealous of all the good looking men she attracted to her. She considered all of my girlfriends as her daughters and was so pleased to watch friend's children growing up.
Moving to Coral Oaks some 8 years ago after Dad's passing was one of the smartest moves she made – all by her choice. She had many friends there, old and new, various activities, and finally the safe quite of her own place. She was a very independent woman. Many times she would remind me: “I am the mother, you are the daughter!”
Mom told me after a week in the hospital, fighting to get well, “I love life” “I love people” and she truly did, as we all loved her.
I (Gary) was my Dad's favorite and spent most of my life in that favored position. After Dad's passing I spent most of my time with Mom by telephone as I did not get to Florida often. Our relationship grew from the two to four times a week conversation. I never cared about how many times I heard the same story or of all her health problems. My goal was to have Mom in a better mood at the end of the call than at the beginning.
Mom never ended a call without telling me to tell Linda (my wife) Lisa (my daughter), Randy and Elvis (Lisa's husband and child) that Mom loved them and to give them a kiss from her.
I will miss those calls . . . but will replace them with talking to her through prayer. Mom will always be remembered as my loving mother.
Eulogy for Grandma Ater
I would like to start this off by saying that I am a very lucky grandson to have someone like Gladys (Grandma) in my life. She was always supportive, thought the best of people and always had a smile on her face. She was very forgiving too…like the time I backed their golf cart over their mailbox. Grandpa wasn't too impressed, but she just giggled at it and assured me that everything would be all right. Grandma certainly watched out for me and gave me the love and protection that only a grandmother can give. For that and her never ending love for me, I will always be grateful. I try to take kindness like hers and pass it onto the people I meet everyday. She really caused a big butterfly effect with everybody that knew her.
Grandma really retained her adventurous spirit too. When she and Aunt Kathy came down to see me, we had spent one of the days at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Well, one of the attractions was a camel ride….and by god, she wanted to ride that camel. She convinced my dad to ride with her, so up they went. She just rode in the back seat and laughed the whole time. That image of her is the one I will always remember her by.
Truly a remarkable woman and I am glad to have been a part of her life. Something you should take away with you today is a phrase that she always told me “No matter what, always be happy”. So simple yet so true.
To the Ater Family,
On behalf of the staff at Coral Oaks I would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to you. We will all miss Gladys very much. She was such a pleasure with her warm heart, soft spoken voice and ever present smile. Please accept our condolences to you.
To the Ater Family,
On behalf of the staff at Coral Oaks I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to your family. We will all miss Gladys very much. She was always a pleasure to have with us with her warm heart, soft spoken voice and ever present smile. Please accept our condolences, our thoughts are with you.