MUIR, Gladys Lillian
Gladys passed away peacefully on December 24th 2016. She was almost 101 years old. Gladys was born in Calgary and attended Toronto Bible College where she met her husband Frank. In 1939 they both traveled to China as missionaries where Philip and Douglas were born. Frank and Gladys spent 2 terms of service with an interdenominational mission in west China from 1939 to 1951. Following another term of service with the United Church in Japan, they returned to Canada in 1962. Gladys chronicled their very remarkable times in China in her book, Yunnan, South of the Clouds, and in Japan in Bridges to the Rising Sun. She also described growing up in Calgary in her book Winter Wind and Summer Sun, and Frank’s growing up in Shanty Bay, Ontario in Farm Roots. She also wrote a novel, Where the Rivers Meet. All are currently available for sale on Amazon. After their return from Japan, Gladys attended Simon Fraser University where she obtained her teaching certificate and taught elementary school until her retirement. Gladys and Frank were instrumental in establishing the Semiahmoo Bay Seniors’ Drop-In Centre and the Semiahmoo Seniors Support Society. Gladys was the Director of the White Rock Singers for many years and was the pianist for the White Rock Community Orchestra.
Gladys is survived by her two sons, Philip and Douglas and their families which include 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Frank, and her 5 sisters.
This remarkable lady will be missed by all of us, as well as those whose lives she crossed.