Gladys Louise Gifford, age 86, passed away on Monday, February 14, 2022, to reunite with her lifelong valentine, Jack Gifford.
Gladys is the daughter of Vernor and Agnes (Johnson) Manchester, born on March 5, 1935.
When Jack picked Gladys up for one of their first dates, she was up in a tree, a place that gave her great joy in her youth. Gladys was 86 years young and a feisty Norwegian. She loved animals, children, playing cards, being outdoors, church, and family. She had two sisters, three brothers, and was a proud Preacher’s Kid (PK) who loved her family fiercely. Her laughter and kind spirit lit up every room.
Jack and Gladys owned the Rose City Shopping Center and were vibrant members of the Rose City community. Gladys acted as the treasurer for the Trinity United Methodist Church in Rose City. She loved art fairs and frequented them often with her daughter, Deb.
She was always there to listen to you, laugh with you, and to cheer you on. If you fell down, she was the first to lift you up. She will be missed deeply. The unconditional love she gave so generously will be carried forever in the hearts of those who experienced it.
Gladys is survived by her daughter, Deb (Craig) Maison; her siblings, Verna Wright and David (Shirley) Manchester; sister-in-law, Marian Manchester; and brother-in-law, Louis Roger. Her legacy includes her grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Judd, Shawn (Sara) Maison, and Terah (Todd) Grace, as well as her great-grandchildren, Sierra Maison, Scarlet Maison, Eva Judd, Iris Judd, Harper Grace, and Miles Grace.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Ruth Marie Gifford; husband, Jack Gifford; sister, Grace Roger; and brothers, Ross and Gar Manchester.
Visitation at the Steuernol and McLaren Funeral Home in Rose City will begin on Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the Funeral Service beginning at 12:00 p.m. Burial will be at Rose City Cemetery. Following the burial, a luncheon will be at the family center at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Pastor Helen Alford will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church in Rose City, Michigan.
Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com.