Gladys May Rider, age 87, of Anacortes, Washington, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2013 due to complications resulting from COPD.
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Gladys was born in Snohomish, Washington on October 27, 1926. Delivered by her grandmother and fed with an eyedropper, her first bed was a shoebox which was kept by the wood stove to keep the newborn warm.
She attended Anacortes High School but was forced to leave before graduating. At the age of 60 she obtained her GED, one of the first of her age to accomplish this goal.
Gladys worked for many years at Whitney Fidalgo Seafoods in Anacortes and was also, a longtime employee of The Emporium in Mount Vernon.
Her first loves were golf and needlework. She was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 20 years even though she could not swim and had a fear of the water. Gladys joined Tops to lose ten pounds and became a KOPS and remained one for over 25 years. She was an inspiration for many.
Gladys was preceded in death by her mother, Alice Trafton; father, Don Hall; husband, Edward Rider; and two brothers, David Trafton and Lewis Hall.
She is survived by one son, William J. Rider, three daughters, Lynda Jordan, Chyrel Foss, and Roseann Sires; two brothers, Don Trafton and Mike Hall; sister, Kristine House; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
In honor or Gladys' wishes, a private family service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC, 20004 or go to www.lung.org/donate.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Gladys, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street
Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 4, 2013