Gladys Pasquale Southall Becker passed away July 23, 2009, at her home in Fruita after returning from a trip to Blackhawk where she had visited with her sisters, Ruth and Pauline.
Gladys was born to Michael DePasquale and Sara Zingone DePasquale on Jan. 10, 1929, in Salida.
She attended school in Salida, graduating as valedictorian in 1947. She married her high school sweetheart, Herbert Southall, in 1947. They were married until his death in 1995. Eight children were born of this union. Gladys lived in Denver, Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Olathe, Steamboat Springs and Salida during this marriage. Gladys was married to a wonderful man, Elmer Becker, for the past 12 1/2 years, joining his family of four children. They lived in Chandler, Ariz., and Fruita.
Gladys was a strong example of courage and tolerance to those she shared her life with. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor, her concern for those around her and the comfort she derived from her time spent in prayer. She was a great fan of all sports and relished her role as cheerleader for her children and grandchildren.
Gladys is survived by two sisters, Ruth Egan and Pauline (Jimmy) Sweeney; one brother, Mario (Eleanor) Pasquale; her children, Velma (Steve) Simpson, Mary (Cindy Dobbs) Nichols, Sandi Will, Carol Fishback, Richard (Deb) Southall, Rose (Yeulin) Willett, Tom (Shannon Behning) Southall, Linda King, Gerald (Pam) Becker, Cathy (Dale) Rose, and Richard (Joyce) Becker; as well as 29 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herb; son, Robert; two sisters, Rose Costello and Francis Cunningham; and one brother, Lester Pasquale.
A celebration to honor her many caregivers was held July 31 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. A memorial Mass was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salida on Aug. 15. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital in Denver, Hospice of Western Colorado, Save the Manatee Club or the Women's Lighthouse Project. For memorial contribution information, call Tom Southall at 303-378-4903.