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Rev. Gladys May Stiles BA, LTh (Hons) nee Cederman.       

June 5, 2022

On June 5, 2022, at Allen Bryant Lifecare, Hokitika.  Aged 91 years.  Dearly loved wife of Gordon for 69 years. Much loved mother of Raewyn, Glenville and Anita, Christine and David, and Andrew.  Loved grandmother of Kitty, Lisa and Nathan, Daniel and Melissa, Meri and Rowan, Moana and Scott, Benjamin, Alex, Christina, Dylan, and Jade.  Great-grandmother of Jade, Jarrah, Kupa, Gisele, Roman, Dani, Oliver, Brooke, Peter, Xavier, Christian, Alexandrina, and Vanson.  Loved sister of John Cederman and Olive Ashman and sister-in-law of Roger and Joan Stiles and Pam Richards, nee Stiles.  There is an ever-growing number of ex-foster family, who have continued to keep in contact over the years with their ‘Mother’ and ‘Nana’ Stiles, by visiting from within New Zealand and overseas, by regular phone conversations and internet connection together with ex-members of her congregations in Otara and Orakei, Auckland.  The list is too extensive to acknowledge all here, but we do thank the Toialoa family in Australia for their continued love and commitment in the gift of the casket floral arrangement.
Messages to 10 Airport Drive, Hokitika 7810, or may be left on Gladys’ Tribute Page at  Due to the current Covid outbreak, a family-only and local friends service will be held at St. Andrews United Church, Fitzherbert Street, Hokitika, commencing at 10.30 am on Friday, June 10.  Following the service, Gladys will be laid to rest at the Hokitika Cemetery. You are welcome to pay your respects by prior arrangement with Gordon 0274 997927. This will be on Thursday, 9th June between 10 am and 4 pm; 10 Airport Drive, Hokitika. Flowers are appreciated, or any donations to Amnesty International


  1. Simon Forsyth

    I remember Gladys when she taught me at St Andrews Cllege in Chch in 1967-8. She used to pick me up from the bus stop on the way to school in her red VW Combi with a couple of her kids with her.
    After I left we had sparodic contact over the years even after she and Gordon moved to Auckland.
    I remember going for a meal in Auckalnd with her and Gordon somewhere and taking some photos at her son’s wedding in St Andrews Chapel.
    A lovely person and I often wondered where she was.

  2. Tasi Pahulu (nee Magele)

    Love you Gladys ❤

    Rest in Peace. Deepest Love and condolences to Gordon and family.

    1 Cor 15:55 – 57


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