Gloria Szabo March 8, 1950 – April 25, 2016
Gloria Szabo, of West Kelowna passed away on Monday, April 25th, 2016, at the age of 66, after a lengthy illness. She was predeceased by her mother Doreen, her brother Roger and her grandparents. Her father was estranged. Gloria is survived by her husband Jim, stepson Jim Jr. (Julie), stepdaughter Erika, grandchildren Ashley and Courtney, great-grandchild Arianna, sister Judy, nephew David and his daughter Taylor, niece Diane (Mike), brother Douglas and Uncle Jack.
Born in Saskatoon, SK, Gloria was brought up in her grandparents’ home with her mother and sister Judy. After high school, Gloria attended the nursing program at Foothills Hospital from 1969-1972. She then went to Dalhousie University in Halifax for Public Health nurse’s training. She was a life-long learner, later attending Regent college in Vancouver where she earned a diploma in Christian Studies.
Gloria worked with the Victorian Order of Nursing in Amherst, Nova Scotia, following graduation from Dalhousie University, and she often recalled, with fondness, the many life-long friendships that were made during her time in Amherst and at University. She worked as a head nurse in Palliative Care at Royal Columbia Hospital in New Westminster, BC. Gloria was a wonderful example for all in the nursing field, admired for her inspiration, compassion and dedication to all those she provided care for and worked with. A fellow classmate described Gloria as one of the bright lights of this world.
Gloria married Jim Szabo on February 12, 1983. After her marriage to Jim, they moved to Kelowna where she worked with Interior Health as a home care nurse and later as an assessor .
Gloria was a woman of deep faith and active service. Her involvement with her church included Children’s ministry with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, as well as weekly Bible studies and mentoring. In later years, intercessory prayer grew in depth. Many friends and neighbours were drawn to Gloria to be encouraged and loved by her in the Lord.
Gloria’s most life-shaping event would prove to be her diagnosis in 1996 with an autoimmune disorder and she could no longer work. She learned that in her weakness is God’s great strength. Gloria often said that no matter what happens in her life, God knows and is with me, “I will trust in Him.”
--Order of Service--
Prelude by Ellie Schindel, piano
Welcome and Announcements
Hymn ~ Rejoice, the Lord Is King
Gloria’s Life Remembered ~ Elsie Lewke & Kirstin Wakal
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Scripture Reading ~ Psalm 139 ~ Betty Urness
Tribute ~ Judy Pokrandt
Poem ~ Sharon Robson
Tribute to Gloria ~ Angie Day
Special Music ~ “I Will Rise,” by Sarah Lewke & Deni Skutshek
Sermon ~ Pastor Ed Skutshek
Sermon Hymn -Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Gloria's Life Remembered in Pictures
Prayers and the Lord's Prayer
Closing Hymn - Crown Him with Many Crowns
Postlude by Ellie Schindel, piano