It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Gladys Mack. After a devastating battle with pancreatic and liver cancer, Gladys passed away in her home surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren at the age of 68, on August 2, 2019. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at The Church of Saint Anne, at 10:00 a.m., with gathering beginning one hour prior. Burial will take place at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery following the service, at 1:00 p.m.
Gladys was born in Harvey, North Dakota to Peter and Helen Ziegler on December 20, 1950. Gladys graduated from Drake High School in Drake, North Dakota and went on to marry Richard Mack, also of Drake. Gladys was a loving mother and wife, dedicating her life to family. She supported her children in all of their activities and in life decisions as they grew. Visits to the lake by friends or grandchildren was a special treat and she always made sure everyone enjoyed themselves. Even at the end of her life, as she battled cancer, Gladys always put her family first.
Gladys has always enjoyed the outdoors. She has a special touch with plants and flowers and you could often find her in the garden during the summer. She enjoyed life on the lake, fishing and boating with her husband Richard, children, and grandchildren.
In her later years, Gladys began painting. What started as a hobby became a passion and she grew into an avid artist with many works of art that include portraits of her grandchildren and beautiful flowers painted on porcelain plates, for which she won numerous ribbons at the ND State Fair. Gladys made many new friends and connected with childhood friends through painting.
After retirement came new adventures. Gladys and Richard hit the open road with their RV and Harleys. They loved spending winters down south, either in Arizona, New Mexico, or in Texas visiting their daughter and her family. They met and befriended others who shared their love of travel. Gladys became a true Harley rider with her leather jacket, chaps, and boots. She made an impact on everyone she met and will truly be missed.
Gladys is survived by her loving husband Richard and her three children: Judi Kent, of Northville, Michigan, Nicki Anderson and husband Steven, of Bismarck, North Dakota, and Jason Mack, of Bismarck, North Dakota. Gladys was also the proud grandma of Karli Kent, Bedford, Texas and Garrett, Gunnar, and Gracie Anderson, all of Bismarck.
Gladys is preceded in death by her mother, Helen Ziegler, and grandson, John Bradford Kent III.