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Gwendolyn Marion Rya, age seventy-five, of Swift Current, SK, passed away on December 29, 2018 at the Cypress Regional Hospital. There will be a private family service held at a later date. Gwen is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Norris Rya; son Trevor Rya; daughter Leslie (Skip) Neufeld; granddaughters Alexandra and Amy; sisters Lillian Smith and Beverly (Cal) Ival; brother Irwin (Virginia) Wells; brother-in-law Pat McConnell; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Lewis Wells, mother Florence Wells-Paulson, sister Louise McConnell, brother-in-law Boyd Smith, stepfather Clarence Paulson, father-in-law Ken Rya, and mother-in-law Thelma Rya. Gwen was born on November 17, 1943 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. She attended Elmwood School and Swift Current Collegiate Institute. Gwen married Norris on July 24, 1965 in Swift Current. She was employed at Great West Life Insurance Company in Winnipeg and Regina prior to raising her children in Saskatoon. After moving back to Swift Current in 1979, Gwen worked at Swift Current Chamber of Commerce to assist in supporting her children through university. She also worked with her husband and children preforming many tasks required for the operation of the family farm. Gwen enjoyed collecting antique articles, camping and fishing with family and friends, and was always ready to play a game of dominoes or cards. She also spent a considerable amount of time supporting her children in hockey, synchronized swimming, and many other activities. She loved her black lab dog that would constantly follow her around, and would even sit on a chair at the kitchen table with her when she worked on sewing and crafts. In her memory, friends may make a memorial donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members in our book of condolences.