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Gloria Mathieson

Gloria Ethel Mathieson (Lambert)

Sunday, March 9th, 1941 - Friday, April 10th, 2020
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Ian calls her his Wife and Love for the past 57 years. Sandy and Janet call her Mom, Mama, Mamacita and Mother, as do Victor, Mike & Alain. Jenn, Lauren, Katie, Avery & Dante call her Grammy and everyone who knows her calls her their friend. She was the best sister to Bob and Heidi, as well as many women who spent their lives with her. It is with complete and overwhelming sadness that we share the unexpected passing of Gloria Mathieson (Lambert) from undiagnosed cancer.


It is not often that you meet such an extraordinary woman with the strength of 10 and the silent will of 20. She was born in 1941 in Edmonton, Alberta with limited sight. Her dad, knowing that she needed an education, put her on a train at the age of 5 where she would attend the school for the blind in Brantford, Ontario until she graduated high school. As a young woman, taking a business course in Toronto, she met the love of her life. After 3 dates and a year of letter writing when she returned to Alberta, Ian drove out West and proposed. They have spent the rest of their lives raising a family and loving each other. Up until her very last day she spoke of how her life was perfect because it was spent with Ian and the family they had together.


Gloria was not interested in material things. She said maybe if she could see it would be different, but everyone who knows her knows that probably isn’t true. She was happiest when surrounded by her family and loved her phone so she could talk and text to her heart’s content with all the people in her life. She always carried herself with a quiet grace that you just couldn’t miss when in her presence.


The hole that she is leaving in the hearts of so many by her passing will not be filled, but we know she would say, in time, the hole will get a little smaller. For all the sadness that is felt by losing her so suddenly, consider yourself lucky for having such a remarkable woman in your life.


Goodbye Glorie, Mom, Grammy and friend. You are surrounded by people who love you!


Her immediate family were graced with time to say goodbye but we will all celebrate together her life this summer when the sun is shining and the birds are singing.
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Bill Paulsen

Posted at 10:32pm
I have many memories of my special cousin Gloria. Childhood summer memories playing in Lambert's back yard in Riverdale, and playing hide and seek in the dark. Then memories later when she was working in Edmonton before marrying Ian and afterwards visits to their homes in Toronto and Burlington. She was always a delight to be around, always happy and good-natures, but at the same time a no-nonsense sort of person. She loved the sailing trips with Ian and could recount in great detail every trip they had made. I had the pleasure of speaking with Gloria only a short time ago when they had recently returned from Florida.
My sincere condolences to Ian, Janet, Sandy, significant others and grandchildren.
Bill Paulsen
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Barbara North

Posted at 04:17pm
Gloria was my first cousin, and she stood out among all of my cousins because we saw her as special. Over time, and as I grew up, I came to understand that her specialness was not attributed solely to her blindness. I came to value her kindness toward me as she patiently answered all of my childish questions about what it was like to be blind. She did this with honesty and without irritation. She was always patiently good humoured about my curiosity.
My condolences go out to Ian, Sandy, Janet, and the grandchildren, and Bob and Heidi in the loss of dear Gloria. May she be at peace.
Love,
Barbara (Paulsen) North
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John and Gayle

Posted at 10:43am
Can anyone, other than her children and grandchildren, not remember the first time they met Gloria? Truly a remarkable woman! So many memories. Her family was always first and foremost in her world. She was the loyalist of friends with a strong sense of right and wrong. Gloria will be missed and remembered by all who had the honour of knowing her. She will live in our hearts forever.
Gayle and John
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Alicia McKinney

Posted at 09:11am
Gloria was a wonderful, caring, funny, remarkable woman. We loved hearing her stories. She was a great neighbor and a true friend. We will surely miss her. Our prayers and thoughts go out to her, her family and all who knew her. May she Rest In Peace.
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