Monday, August 29, 2011


It has been forever since I posted anything I guess because I couldn’t find words for how I have been feeling. On July 11, 2011 our family suffered a huge loss, and although she was very sick it was hard to let her go. I am so thankful that I was able to spend her last hours sitting next to her surrounded by loving family. As sad as I am I know she is in a better place free from all of her pain.

Grandma, I will miss sitting around the table drinking coffee and chatting about everything and anything.

Love you G-ma

Gwendolyn Ann Green Oakden

“Hug ‘Em All”

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away on July 11, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 8, 1938 in Tooele, Utah to Bush Lawrence Green and Ruth Thomas Edwards. She married William C. (Bill) Oakden, Jr. on March 8, 1959 and was blessed with three loving children. Her children, grandchildren and great -grandchildren were her pride and joy and she loved them with all her heart. Gwen was adored by all that knew her and always had an ear to listen, she was a confidante to many and always made you feel special. Her laugh was contagious and her smile could light up a room. Our Mom left behind loved ones that will miss her dearly, her husband Bill, her son William C “Bill” (Suz) Oakden III, Vickie Oakden and Becky (Casey) Valdez; her grandchildren Casey (Annie) Valdez IV, Brittney (Ben) Jones, Brandy (Tyler) Raleigh, Corey (Kelly) Sweat and Leslie Sweat; eight great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Paige, Olivia, Jayson, Tianna, Christian, Wyatt and Casey V that is on his way; nieces; nephews; brothers Clifford Green and Vern Green; sisters Ruth Atkinson and Jo Hayes; and many friends who she considered family (including her blue-eyed daughter Laurie Mace) and special friend Jeanine Casper.

Mom will be reunited with her mom, dad, sister Gail Green, brother Tommy Green, and grandson, Billy.