Gloria Sander has passed away after her battle with cancer.
Sander, who had ran Gloria's Soup Spot in Fort Saskatchewan, died on Sunday (Feb.4), at the age of 51.
"She left a legacy, lets just put it that way. She kind of defined what a kind and amazing human being is and that will last for years and she will be dearly missed by the entire community," said Lisa Crawford, Simply Stunning Hair and Makeup owner.
Sander was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer about ten years ago. For the past several years, Sander had used alternative health treatments until metastatic cancer had appeared in her stomach, which required chemotherapy treatments at the Cross Cancer Institute.
While she underwent cancer treatment, Crawford, Leanne DeVries of Titan Towing and community members teamed up last November to fundraise over $21,000.
"She felt the chemo was knocking her down too much, so she wanted to try a different method and she wanted to keep working and stay moving but unfortunately it caught up with her and she lost to a horrible disease," said Crawford.
Those wishing to pay their respects can do so from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday (Feb.11), at First Memorial Riverview Chapel.
The funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Monday (Feb.12), at the Lion's Mane Room at the Dow Centennial Centre.
Both services are open to the public.