Gloria Henriksen, a loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away Aug. 1, 2006 after a brief battle with cancer.
A memorial was held on Aug. 8, 2006 with internment in the Williams Lake Cemetery.
Gloria was born May 18, 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Anne and Frank Foytik. She was the eldest of five children. Gloria was predeceased by her parents and her brother Frankie.
Gloria moved with her family to Red Lake, Ontario when she was about three years old where her father was a butcher. She completed her education in this small mining town.
Red Lake was a small community that offered Gloria a unique education in which she learned four different languages and completed 10 years of piano study. Gloria had a keen mind and was eager to learn about many things.
The family sold the butcher shop and moved to British Columbia when Gloria was 17 years old. Her first job was with BC Tel where Gloria worked as an operator for seven years.
In Haney Gloria was introduced to Ole by her father in 1961. The couple were married on Feb. 17, 1962 in Lytton B.C. Their first child, Leah, was born on Aug. 20, 1963.
The young family moved to Euclid Street in Vancouver on Oct. 31, 1964. The following spring their son Chris was born on Feb. 22, 1965. Gloria and Ole bought their first bakery, Scandia Bakery, on Granville Street on Nov. 1, 1967. This was Gloria’s initiation into the bakery life and from there she learned to be a pastry chef and baker.
In 1974 the family moved to Williams Lake and bought the Famous Bakery which they ran until Nov. 1, 2001.
Gloria had a zest for life and loved everything and everyone. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her six grandchildren whom she always had time for no matter what. Some of her loves included swimming, rock hounding, reading, listening to classical music, and playing the piano.
Up until Gloria became ill in Jan. of 2006 she was instrumental in helping her daughter complete her nursing degree. It was the highlight of her daughter’s career choice to have her mother watch her accept her degree in June 2006.
Gloria is survived by her husband Ole, her son Chris (Frances), grandchildren Daryl, Teresa, and Jacob; her daughter Leah (Mark), and grandchildren Tristan, Natasha, and Kaj.
Gloria is also survived by her sister Arlene (Johnny), Betty (Bob), and Donna (Henry), aunt Rose in Ontario as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews plus many friends made over the years.
She was a wonderful person with so much to give and her passing seems to have come much too early. Her family loves her very much.