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In the early hours of January 12, 2023, Mom quietly left this world behind knowing she was deeply loved by each of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We are thankful we had the benefit of her love, wisdom and guidance for so many years. Mom lived with purpose and determination inspired by her abiding faith, commitment to family and belief that together we could make our world a better place. Even during the most difficult times in her life, Mom focused on the positive and moved forward with grace.
Mom was the daughter of John and Karen Eidem. She grew up on the family farm in the Stewart Valley district along with her brother Martin (Eileen Erickson), and sisters Maud (Hubert Grand) and Edith (Donald Mikesell). In 1949 Mom married our dad, Arne Moen. Together they had eight children. Dad passed away in 1965 and we moved into Stewart Valley. Over the years her family grew to include 8 sons and daughters-in-law, 17 grandchildren and their partners, and 33 great-grandchildren with two more babies on the way. Mom loved each one and considered her large family to be her most valued treasure.
In 1971, Mom married Bennie Moen and she was welcomed by his extended family. They resided in Stewart Valley until 1996 when they moved to Swift Current. Bennie passed away in 1997. Mom was fortunate to live independently until after her 97th birthday. In February 2022, she moved to The Meadows in Swift Current. There she received quality care and compassionate support with the added benefit of Tracy living in the same house. Mom never lost her ability or desire to go out. Several of the people who cared for her commented that Mom’s social life was better than their own! She loved celebrations with her family, going for lunch, drives in the country checking the crops, stopping in for a visit with ‘the kids’ and going to the Stewart Valley Seniors to play cards. Mom also participated in the activities offered at the Meadows and enjoyed meeting friends, old and new, in the coffee room. Mom had a passion for music and rarely missed a planned performance in the community center or an impromptu singalong in the hallway. The life-long association Mom had with the Lutheran Church was very important to her. She was a member of St. Olaf’s and a celebration of her life will be held there later this spring. Mom is lovingly remembered by her children Terry & Doug, Debbie, Brent & Audrey, Maxine & Mac, Carol & Gord, Darcy & Wilma, Blair & Orla and Tracy, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins in Norway, and several members of Bennie’s family.
Mom was the last of her generation in Dad’s family and her own. In addition to Dad and Bennie, Mom was predeceased by her son-in-law Conrad Redmond (1997), infant grandson Kelly Redmond (1983) and son Michael (2015). We thank all of you who cared for Mom, visited with her and provided the music that she loved so much. We are grateful for your kindness. Mom was our strength, hope and inspiration. There is so much to say about the life she lived and we will continue to tell her story in the days to come. We will carry her with us, always.
Donations in Gladys's memory may be made to The Meadows Auxiliary "Van Fund," c/o Eleanor Forge Sec.-Treasurer, 308-230 Lister Kay Cres, Swift Current, Saskatchewan S9H 0A1, or to the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 665 Central Ave N, Swift Current, Saskatchewan S9H 0M2. Arrangements entrusted to Warren’s Funeral Home. For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606, or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.