Gladys Kathryn Hayden - age: 92
(May 21, 1921 to April 18, 2014
A funeral service will be held Friday, May 2nd at 1:00 pm at the Dennett Craig & Pate, funeral home, 365 Main St., Saco Maine. The Reverend Merle Steva will officiate. The burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Sweetser Home, 50 Moody St., Saco Me. 04072.
Saco, Maine - Gladys K. (Blad) Hayden 92 of 321 Bradley St. died on Good Friday April 18 at Seal Rock Nursing Home after a short illness. She was born May 24, 1921 in Barre, Vt. of the late Arvid Ingvald Blad from Idd, Norway and Hareide Nelsine Johansen Blad from Brumundalen, Norway. She attended Barre Schools and graduated from Spaulding High School, Class of 1939.
She married Andrew E. Hayden from Montpelier, Vt. on February 10, 1940. She and her husband started the A & W Root Beer Stand in South Portland in 1958 moving from Vermont and later opened the Dairy Queen Store in Saco in 1963 and the Dairy Queen Store in Biddeford. Andrew predeceased Gladys in 1991.
She enjoyed the pleasures of her three children, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her great great grandchildren representing five generations in her family. She also loved the quietness of her home, reading her favorite novels, listening to her music and enjoyed some light gardening as well as her quiet moments in contemplative prayer.
Gladys is survived by her three children and their spouses, Michael Hayden and his wife Josephine of Eden, Vt. Nancy Hayden Turner and her husband David of Raymond Me. And Susan Hayden Fogg and her husband Michael of Farmington Me. Eight grand children, Christopher Hayden, of Shelburne, Vt. Jennifer Hayden and her partner Pascale Desir of Cape Elizabeth Me. and Matthew Hayden and his wife Amy of Cape Elizabeth, Me. Eric Hunt and his partner Rita Deveer of Franklin, N.H., Bryan Hunt and his wife Nancy of Derry, N.H. and Kimberlee Draper and her husband Nathan of Ashland, Ma., Shawn Fogg and his wife Tina of Augusta, Me., and Melissa Fogg and her partner Richard Davis of Carribassette Valley, Me.
Gladys was often referred to as Bestemor, meaning grandmother in Norwegian.
Ten great grandchildren; Alyssa Nault, Robert Hunt, Amanda Hunt, Vanissa Hunt, Kayleigh Hill, Jamie Draper, Trent Fogg, Emma Fogg, Mitchell Wallace and Michael Wallace.
Two great great grandchildren are Sawyer and Landon, children of Alyssa and Brian Nault representing the fifth generation of the family.
She was predeceased by her two younger brothers; Arnold Ingvald Blad of North Syracuse N.Y., and John Arvid Blad formally of Keene, N.H. Arnold’s wife Patricia resides in North Syracuse N.Y.