Longtime Evergreen resident Dr. Gladys Isabell Strahl passed away peacefully in Boulder on Jan. 23, 2019, at the age of 91.
Born on May 2, 1927, to Ronald James and Margaret Fraser Tuxworth in Algonquin, Mich., Gladys spent her early years in Sault Ste Marie, Mich. In 1947, she married Maury Strahl.
Gladys earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1967 and maintained private counseling practices for nearly five decades in Traverse City, Mich., and in Evergreen.
Gladys was always caring and empathetic with her patients, and worked hard to help them heal and move through life's difficult times.
She was a trusted adviser and friend to her colleagues. Gladys was particularly committed to the American Academy of Psychotherapists, an organization devoted to helping therapists take care of themselves.
She loved the community of Evergreen and its mountain setting. Hat and backpack at the ready, Gladys was dazzled by the beauty, power and softness of nature, which she captured in numerous photographs while hiking, skiing and snowshoeing well into her 80s.
She easily popped champagne with family and friends to celebrate the incredible joy she felt for life, always eager to gather around a good meal or to play a tune on her treasured organ. Her VW bug bumper sticker said a lot about her: "Less Judgment More Curiosity."
Gladys had a remarkable ability to reach people in a deep and positive way.
Left to honor Gladys and remember her love are her two sisters, Margaret J. Welsh of Fort Collins, and Jean Tuxworth Williams and brother-in-law, Robert Williams, of Louisville, Colo.; former husband Maurice Strahl of Palisade; adopted daughter Jennifer Allen of Pine; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; her beloved cat Tasha; and countless friends and colleagues.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Catherine Ann Strahl, and her parents.