Gladys Spangler

The evening of Thursday January 25, 2018 at 4:52 pm our Lord called a loving wife, mother and grandmother home to his side. Glady passed at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings, MT. after a short battle with cancer. She left this life surrounded by her loving husband Floyd and daughters Nancy and Wendy. She was 75 years old. 

Glady was born June 8,1942 to William and Hazel (Granger) Havens in Fenton, Michigan. She was the 8th of 10 children. 

The real story of our mother’s life truly begins when she meets the one and only love of her life, our father Floyd. He was a bit of a wild one and Mom was anything but wild, she was a beauty and a lady who caught his eye. On June 17, 1960 they were married and Dad traded his wild ways for the love of his life. The next 57 years they spent building a beautiful life. Life brought them ups and downs but through it all they held each others hand. They brought my sister and I into this world. Together they spent their life loving each other and all that joined the circle of their family. 

Mom was strong in her beliefs, in God, family and hard work. Her daughters were her gifts from God, never to be taken for granted, “ He gave them to her he could take them back at any given time” was a regular quote from her. Caring for her husband was her honor, while he provided she did her part by putting her heart and soul into their home, yard and garden. They worked side by side on many homes throughout the years. Mom taught us many things, to cook, clean, to work hard, to be respectful, selflessness, but all of those things were second to what was most important to her and that was family. There was no greater joy for her in this world than her children and grandchildren. There was nothing so horrible that we couldn’t get through as a family. Her wisdom was always given with humility, and when she didn’t have words she had arms to hold us. Money and possessions were only that, things could always be replaced, so if she had something and someone else’s need was greater she would give without hesitation. 

 Mom, by her words, was blessed with 2 daughters Nancy (Stuart) and Wendy (Brian), 5 grandchildren who call her Meme, Matthew (Sarah), Susan (Norman), Charlie, Johnathan and Bobbi (Jason), through them she was blessed with 9 great-grandchildren Cydney, Johnny, Victoria, Nicholas, Kristopher, Charley, Chauncey, Colby and Avery. Through blended families she added to her circle another daughter Dottie (Terry) and grandchildren Michelle, Kathy, Jessica, Justin, Raymond, Kayleigh, Sandra, Emet, Owain, Jennessa, Kenneth, Noah, Mikah, and Madison. Others included in her circle were John, Chuck and Joe men she called sons even as they left her circle. 

God may have called our loved one to his side but our circle is not broken, she made sure the foundation was strong to carry us all through. She will continue to watch over us from above. We will miss her but she has left us with a endless well of memories to draw from. Even in her death she left us with the true example of humor, beauty, dignity, grace and selflessness. Mom, you will be missed but as we all look around our circle you will always be right at the heart holding Dad’s hand. 

 Glady is survived by her husband, daughters, son-in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 2 sisters Doris, Joan and sister-in-law Nora, as well as many well loved nieces and nephews.

Glady was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Hazel, her mother- and father-in-laws Nena and Lester, brothers George, Howard and Raymond, brother-in-laws Jim and Harvey, sisters Betty, Mabel, Donna, Lindy and sister in-law Michelle. 

If anyone would like to donate in her memory her choice of charities would be St. Judes Children’s Hospital. 

We would like to thank all who cared for Mom, her Doctor Angela Bundy-Kelm, Holy Rosary Hospital, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Lymburner and nurses Jen, Bev, and Steph. Dr. Pearlman and Dr. Guzman, nurses, aides and social workers Dani, Daya and Tia at the Billings Clinic Hospital Billings MT, who not only provided amazing compassionate care to Mom but to our Dad and each and everyone who visited her. To Stevenson and Sons who brought our loved one home and guided us through our final grief. There are not words to describe how each of these people have touch our lives with care and compassion, we will always remember them as the Angels God sent to us in a time of great need. We apologize if there was anyone we have missed there were so many.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, February 1, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. 

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