Gladys Alma “Toots” Oliver passed away peacefully at home on March 26, 2020, in Victoria, British Columba, Canada, just shy of her 95th birthday.
Toots was born on April 13, 1925, in The Pas, Manitoba, Canada.
After graduating from The Pas High School in 1943, she became a Registered Nurse and worked briefly before marrying and starting a family.
Toots led a very adventurous life — the early years as the wife of a uranium miner in “the bush” of northern Canada before emigrating to Sarasota, Florida, where the family lived for many years. She also called Scotland, Idaho and Washington home. She loved to travel. Some of her favorite trips include the year the family spent sailing the South Pacific Ocean aboard their sailboat; her many New Zealand bicycle adventures; researching her “Viking” family genealogy in Reykjavik, Iceland, with her mother; and seeing the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba.
Toots lived in Friday Harbor, Washington, for 20 years where she enjoyed boating; cycling; volunteering; weaving; and growing berries and beautiful flowers. She loved being around her grandkids. She moved to Bellingham, Washington. spending her time volunteering and gardening before returning to Canada, living the last nine years in Victoria, British Columbia.
Toots is survived by her five loving children, D. Alan ( Bet ) Oliver of Sidney, British Columbia, Janyce (James) Fransen of Bellingham, Washington, Ross Oliver of Marysville, Washington, Lori Saker of Pflugerville, Texas, and Ken Oliver of Sedro-Woolley, Washington; her nine grandchildren, David (Sarah), Jamie, Mike, Daniel, Katie, Sarah (Brad), Rachel, Candice and Graham; her two great-grandchildren, Abigale and Brody; and her sister Rheta Steer of Victoria.
Funeral services and celebration of life are pending.