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Gladys Kate Valdez

February 6, 1941 February 27, 2020
Gladys Kate Valdez
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Mrs. Gladys Kate Valdez passed away on February 27, 2020 at Providence Alaska Medical Center after complications of long-term illness. She was 79 years old. Gladys was born February 6, 1941 to Nick and Frieda Riley in Unalakleet, Alaska. She attended Covenant High School in Unalakleet, graduated from Mt. Edgecombe High School in Sitka, and upon graduation moved to Denver, Colorado where she attended Mile High Beauty School. It was also in Denver where she would meet and fall in love with her husband David, marrying on September 28, 1963. While in Denver, she worked for Salon De Claire from 1964, until she opened her own shop I-Rose Beauty Salon from 1966 until 1972. She returned to Alaska, where she worked for J.C. Penney, and finally Walmart Dimond and Walmart on A street until her retirement in 2017
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Gladys truly loved her family and especially her sweetheart of 59 years. She was caring, thoughtful, hardworking, compassionate, loving and so much more. Gladys was devoted, studying her bible and praying daily for her children and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Nick and Frieda Riley, and siblings: Roger Riley, James Riley, Lincoln Riley, Ronald Riley, and Maureen Weathers. Gladys is survived by her loving husband David A. Valdez, Sr. of Anchorage; children: Deborah Ann Kvasnikoff of Anchorage, Carolyn Valdez of Anchorage, and son David A. Valdez, Jr. of Ashburn, VA; grandchildren: Joshua David Valdez of Anchorage, and Lainey McCarter Bower of Fairbanks; great-granddaughter: Neveah Vaughn of Aberdeen, Ohio; and siblings: Matilda Laurie, Lena Anungazuk, Victor Riley all of Anchorage, and Nannie Ankney of Freeport, Illinois.

Services for Gladys will take place Thursday, March 5, 2020 at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 401 Turpin Street. Visitation starts at 9:30 AM, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery at 1:00 PM. A reception will follow the services. Services under the care of Anchorage Funeral Home.

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5

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9:30 AM 3/5/2020 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 3/5/2020 10:30:00 AM
St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral

401 Turpin Street
Anchorage, AK 99504

St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral
401 Turpin Street Anchorage 99504 AK
United States

Funeral Mass

Thursday

5

Mar

10:30 AM 3/5/2020 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 3/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral

401 Turpin Street
Anchorage, AK 99504

St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral
401 Turpin Street Anchorage 99504 AK
United States

Burial

Thursday

5

Mar

1:00 PM 3/5/2020 1:00:00 PM
Fort Richardson National Cemetery

58-512 State Highway, E.
Fort Richardson, AK 99505

Fort Richardson National Cemetery
58-512 State Highway, E. Fort Richardson 99505 AK
United States

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Fort Richardson National Cemetery Final Resting Place

58-512 State Highway, E.
Fort Richardson, AK 99505

58-512 State Highway, E. Fort Richardson 99505 AK
United States
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