Gwendolyn Sladen (nee Dodd) was born in 1911. She attended school in Salmon Arm where she married Cecil Sladen. The couple had five
children. David who
predeceased her in
Dec. 1999, Gordon who lives in Oyama with his wife Katie, Marilyn, also in Oyama with her
husband Grant Hinchey, Elaine in Kelowna and
Victor in Ellison with his wife Linda. Gwen is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 8 great great
brother, Al Dodd in
Port Alberni and
numerous nieces and nephews. The family moved to
Rossland B.C. in 1937 and then to Kelowna in 1945. Gwen was very active in the First United Church, Kelowna, Rebekah Lodge, and later, The Order of the Eastern Star. Her first love and priority was family. She was a very
devoted mother and grandmother. She painted beautifully and was an accomplished seamstress and knitter. She met life’s challenges with a positive attitude and a sense of humour. She was the centre of her large family,most of whom have visited her in her 100th year. She will be greatly missed. Following a stroke on October 3rd, surrounded by her family in her last days, she passed away Oct. 9th
at the age of 99 yrs 10 months.
A service to celebrate the life of Gwendolyn Sladen will be held on Friday October 14th at 1:30 p.m. at First United Church, 721 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First United Church Kelowna or to the C.N.I.B. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com.
Arrangements in care of First Memorial
Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299.