Fort Saskatchewan paid their respects to an important member of the community.
Gloria Sander, who ran Gloria's Soup Spot with her husband, passed away at the age of 51 on Feb.4.
The funeral service on Monday (Feb.12) at the Dow Centennial Centre had hundreds in attendance.
"It was a very beautiful funeral and a great celebration of Gloria's life. The family can be very proud of the number of people that came out to show their respect and their gratitude for what Gloria has brought to our community," said Fort Saskatchewan’s mayor Gale Katchur.
Living in Sherwood Park for a while, she recently moved to the Fort and opened her popular shop in 2012.
Sander was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer about 10-years-ago. For the past several years, Sander had used alternative health treatments until metastatic cancer appeared in her stomach, which required chemotherapy treatments.
"She was put on this earth for a very short period of time and she only lived in Fort Saskatchewan for a few years, but she made more of a difference in the lives of so many people in that short time than some people have made in their entire lives living here," added Katchur.
In November, a fundraiser was held for her treatment and over $21,000 was raised.
"I think probably my most emotional memory is around Christmas time I did go in for soup and sandwich with a friend and Gloria was there working. (Sander) knew she was terminal, but she was there putting everybody's needs ahead of her's, talking to them and laughing," added Katchur.
She passed away in the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital with family by her side.
Sander is survived by her husband of 30 years, Dale, children Colin, Michael and Kimberley, grandchildren Madison, Nicholas and Grant and siblings Norbert, Melinda, Joanell, Diane and Darlene.