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Gladys Isobel Saltzman

1949-2024

Gladys Isobel Saltzman

Gladys Isobel Saltzman, age 74, left us as peacefully as she lived, at home in White Rock on February 16, 2024. She was surrounded by her loved ones who will continue to honour her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

An incredible daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, Gladys lived to love and when she loved you, you knew it. She was the daughter of the late Freeman and Lexie (Atwell) Levy Sr. of Black River, NS.

Gladys married her soul mate and "hunk", husband John, 53 years ago and chose to live close to their parents raising their four children in White Rock, NS.

Gladys started working as a transcriber for law firms in the Annapolis Valley, and then went to work for Acadia University in the Home Economics Department as a secretary. After the birth of her second child, she became a stay-at-home mom. We were the luckiest kids as she was always involved with our school, volunteering, as a hot dog lady and at the White Rock Baptist Church as a Sunday School Teacher and, of course, she was the best chauffeur and cheerleader. When her kids were older, she went back to work, first as an apple picker for Bishop Farms with her best friends Mildred Levy, and the late Faye Spidle. Gladys was excited when she was awarded a job with the Town of Wolfville in the Recreation Department and then at the Town Hall, as an Accounts Payable Clerk. She retired from the Town of Wolfville after 25 years.

Gladys is survived by her husband, John; son, Jason (Jane Bailey) Saltzman, White Rock; daughters, Jennifer (Wayne Quinn), Sydney Forks, NS; Katherine (Darryl McCann) Limoges, ON; Mary Saltzman (Trevor MacKeigan), White Rock; grandma’s pride and joys, Lexie Quinn, Lawson McCann, and Wyatt MacKeigan. She is also survived by sisters, Joy Yethon, Burlington, ON; Jane (Ralph Pick) Truro Heights, NS; and brothers, Freeman (Violet) Levy Jr., Greenfield, NS; Henry (Donna) Levy, Black River; Leonard (Mildred) Levy, Black River; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Therrien, East Dalhousie, NS; Donna Munro, Cambridge, NS; and brother-in-law, Doug (Gail) Brown, North Alton, NS; and many cherished nieces, nephews and friends.

Gladys was preceded in death by parents, Freeman and Lexie Levy Sr.; father and mother-in-law, Perley and Helen Saltzman; brother, Nathan Levy; sister, Mary Ann Turner; and brothers-in-law, Aldon Turner and Dr. Andrew Yethon. She also lost her best friend within the last week, Faye Spidle.

Gladys was the best grandmother and took pride in all her grandchildren’s accomplishments. She loved to teach her grandchildren to bake, garden, sew, make pickles, and knit. When she had the opportunity, she loved watching them swim and play hockey.

It was the simplest pleasures in life that brought great joy to Gladys. She loved a quiet evening with John around the campfire getting eaten by mosquitos, or swinging on the swing at the lake. She cherished her Saturday evening Sequence and UNO games with dearest friends Mildred and Leonard Levy, and the late Perry and Faye Spidle. The night wasn’t finished until a full 10 games were played, oftentimes well into the early morning. She had the uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities, and her hands were rarely still. She often said, "Folding clothes is relaxing. If you were closer, I’d fold yours." She could find a solution and engineer anything to solve a problem or task. Gladys was the community hairdresser and cut hair up until this past summer. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met. Gladys was the caregiver to those in need and always put her family and friends first.

We want to express our many thanks and gratitude to Palliative Care, the VON nurses and continuing care assistants especially Jackie, Fiona, Charlene, Angela, Lesley, Alanna, and Rachel.

A celebration of Gladys’s life, followed by a reception, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. For those unable to attend, a livestream will be available. Interment will take place at a later date. By request, in lieu of flowers, donations in Gladys’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

"Skinnamarink dinky dink, skinnamarinky do, I love you.
I love you in the morning and in the afternoon,
I love you in the evening underneath the moon."

Sharon, Lois, Bram

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Service Date
Friday, March 1, 2024
Service Time
1:00 p.m.
Service Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville

Visitation
There will be no visitation, by request.

Requested Charity
Charity of choice.