ONEONTA - Gladys Hilda Rayher, née Nicholl, died July 31, 2017.
She was born in Southey, Saskatchewan, Sept. 20, 1922, the daughter of Stuart and Maude Nicholl (Maude Palmer).
Due to the drought, the family moved to LeQuille, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, about 1930.
She graduated from the Annapolis Royal Academy. In 1950, she graduated as a registered nurse from the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal.
In 1954, Gladys married Edward Rayher. They lived in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. They had two sons, Edward S. and Robert W.
In 1961, the family moved to Oneonta, where her husband taught mathematics at Hartwick College. Her husband, Edward, died Dec. 24, 1971. After his death, Gladys was employed at A.O. Fox Hospital, ultimately becoming the head nurse/supervisor of the CCU, (Cardiac Care Unit). She retired in March 1986.
She is survived by her two loving sons, Edward S. Rayher and his wife, Hyde and Robert W. Rayher and his wife, Alison; and two granddaughters, Phoebe and Stella; and her niece, Linda and nephews, Stuart, Paul and Peter. (Her brother was David Nicholl, her sister-in-law, Alice; they lived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.)
Gladys was an Anglican and very proud of her Canadian heritage. She enjoyed living in Oneonta and had many friends. Especially important to her were her memberships in the Adirondack Mountain Club, Delaware and Otsego Audubon Society, Oneonta Garden Club and her many games of bridge.
She was a regular attendant at St. James' Episcopal Church.
Her body will be cremated and the ashes interred in St. Alban's Cemetery in LeQuille, Nova Scotia.
A service to celebrate her life will take place at 11 a.m., Aug. 19, at St. James' Episcopal Church, Oneonta, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to A.O. Fox Hospital or the Edward Rayher Memorial Fund at Hartwick College.
Published on August 7, 2017