Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO


Gladys L. Kessler

July 28, 1932January 7, 2020

Gladys Lewis Kessler

July 28, 1932 - January 7, 2020

Gladys Lewis Kessler, daughter of Ray Crawford and Mary Emma (Hamp) Lewis, was born July 28, 1932, in Richmond, Utah. She married Maurice Kessler on July 1, 1954. Maurice followed an Air Force career , resulting in he and Gladys living in several countries throughout the world. Gladys and Maurice had three children: Mike was born in San Francisco, CA; Christy was born at Johnson A.F.B., Japan; Cindy was born in Kenitra, Morocco.

Gladys was a registered nurse and was working at Ft. Lyon Veterans Hospital in Bent County at the time of her retirement. After her retirement, Gladys moved back to Colorado Springs.

Gladys enjoyed many hobbies and joined several classes at the senior center; two of her favorites were folk dancing and the use of the scroll saw. She became proficient at both and some of her scroll work will be displayed at her memorial. Gladys also loved to garden. She grew several vegetables but by far the most important were her tomatoes. They thrived and were enjoyed by all.

Gladys always wanted to do for herself. She was adamant about retaining the maximum independence she could, and was very successful at remaining active and self-reliant to the end.

Gladys was habitual in doing the crossword puzzles every morning, going to lunches with her friends, and attending weekly card parties. All this in addition to her gardening and home maintenance. She was invariably cheerful and supportive of family and friends. A nursing career was ideal for her, as she was one of the most loving and caring people many of us ever knew. All her children feel they won the lottery as far as a mom goes.

She will be deeply missed by friends and family.

A memorial will be held at 10:00 AM, January 16, 2020 at Swan Law Funeral & Cremation , 501 N. Cascade Avenue. A reception will follow at 11:00 AM.


  • Ray Crawford, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Emma (Hamp) Lewis, Mother (deceased)
  • Mike Kessler, Son
  • Christina Kessler, Daughter
  • Cynthia Kessler, Daughter


  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Reception Thursday, January 16, 2020


Gladys L. Kessler

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Jennifer Fenner

January 15, 2020

Gladys was the most wonderful woman we have ever known. She was more than a friend, she was considered to be one of our family members.
Charley, Kay and I lived next door to her. We spent hours talking over the back fence, gardening, going to High Tea every year, having her over for dinner, tea, birthdays, Christmas and many other times. We loved her game nights where neighbors gathered to play cards, games and shared a pot luck. She did woodworking and made a beautiful Chinese Checkers board. We loved playing it with her.
She was the one who helped me find my wedding dress which holds special memories. At our wedding reception she danced with Charley to a special song chosen to honor her.
Even after we moved we spoke on the phone several times each week and we saw her every time we were in Colorado.
I am honored for the hours and hours we talked and to have shared her time, her stories of her life, family and travels with her.
We loved her sense of humor, her laugh, smile, her special Gladys hugs, her spirit and kindness.
As with everyone that knew her, we feel the loss of this woman who's vibrant spirit was such a gift that she will never be forgotten.
Love to you Mike, Christy and Cindy. Your mother loved you all dearly and she spoke of you with love and pride. Our hearts are with you.
Jennifer, Charley and Kay