Gloria June Franz passed away at home in Salmo, BC on January 3, 2021 at the age of 71. She was born June 13, 1949 in Kimberly, BC to John and Etta (Fandrick) Franz.
Gloria lived in several places including Creston, Cranbrook, Drumheller and Greenwood settling in Salmo with her partner Ernie in 2005.
Gloria was an avid gardener enjoying growing plants from seeds and cuttings; her forest of plants in her sunroom is a testament of her green thumb. Gloria was very artistic, with many crochet, cross stitch and sewing projects completed throughout her life. She also enjoyed refinishing old and new furniture, camping, fishing, traveling throughout BC, trips to warmer locations and spending time with family and friends. Gloria enjoyed reading and was active in The Friends of the Library in Salmo.
Gloria will be dearly missed by her partner, Ernie Hayward; her children, Doreen (Brad) and Darryl (Laurie); stepchildren Kavan (Sharon) and Chandra (Stewart); siblings, Nora, Al (Donna), Ed (Judy), Betty; grandchildren, Erika, Priscilla, Stewart, Aidan, Josh, Connor, Keiran and Eva; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Inniss, the staff and nurses at the Salmo Wellness Center, Dr. Scotland, the Oncology nurses and staff, Duncan and staff at Salmo Valley Pharmacy for all the care and positive thoughts they gave Gloria during her long fight.
A celebration of Gloria’s life will take place at a later date. Andreas Schmitz of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ was entrusted with arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.
I will miss you Gloria
I have very fond memories of Gloria in our high school years in Creston, BC. We had lots of laughs, participated in many of the same classes and sports together, and collaborated in our share of shenanigans. Our future paths took us in opposite directions but the memories of our friendship remained. I cherish our last visit when she came to my home last summer. With deepest heartfelt sorrow, I extend my sincerest sympathy to Ernie and family. May she rest in peace and may we meet again up yonder Our P.C.S.S. Class of '67 has lost yet another beloved classmate. May her memory be a blessing to us all.
Gloria was a wonderful lady. I met her through our library during its many events. What a brave soul she was to fight her way through all the treatments, etc. caused by cancer. I will always remember her birthday party to which I was invited. Ernie and her children did so much to make it a very happy event. Gloria will be sorely missed by so many people. My thoughts are with Ernie and her family. Kathryn and Noel
The members of the Friends of the Salmo Public Library extend our deepest sympathies to Ernie and the family on Gloria's passing. A bright personality that will surely be missed. Rest in peace Gloria.
To Ernie and family, So sorry for your loss. I loved Gloria. She was a wonderful person.