Gloria Auge was born April 16, 1938 to Wayne and Geneva Auge in Whitefish, MT. She passed on April 8, 2022 after a valiant fight with cancer. Gloria lived in Whitefish for many years, for a short time in Oregon, then moved to Conrad in 1983 after purchasing Ed’s Tavern. Over the years she hosted many events at Ed’s including Karaoke for Cancer and sponsored countless benefits for those who suffered from personal losses. She held NASCAR parties, NFL parties, special birthday parties, and decorated the bar for each occasion.
Gloria married Randy Rudd on September 17, 2011, and together they enjoyed their many friends in Conrad and continued to manage Ed’s Tavern. Gloria was particularly well-known for the fantastic Halloween decorations at Ed’s. People visited from nearby towns just to see what new spooky creatures she displayed each year. Christmas was another celebrated event with wonderful decorations where she often hosted a party for local kids during the season with presents for each one delivered by Santa Randy. Gloria loved the town and the people of Conrad. She actively participated in the Chamber of Commerce and spent many hours working at the Conrad Museum until her health forced her to retire from both the Chamber and Museum. She will always be remembered for her giving nature, fierce independence, and unending love for her family. She also loved her flower gardens in the spring, get togethers with great home-cooked food in the summer, and family dinners during the holiday season.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard Auge; daughter, Dena Pierce; son, Gordon Lytle; and grandson, Jason Peirce.
Survivors include her husband, Randy of Conrad; son, Ron (Sue) Lytle and daughter, Cheryl (Roy) Schwegel both of Whitefish; son, Shane Crumley of Billings; and daughter, Tina Michaelis of Havre; grandchildren, Spencer, Kendra, Jennifer, Sierra, Jordan, Autumn, Reed, Tia, Skyler, Ryan, Melody, Melissa, Trevor, and Tanner; numerous great grandchildren; and one great granddaughter; sister, Darlene (Jack) Mullins of Whitefish; sister-in-law, Kay Auge of Spring Creek, NV; many wonderful nieces and nephews, and friends she cherished.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Gloria’s name to the Community Cancer Fund, Front Range CASA, or Conrad Transportation and Historical Museum.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Ed’s Tavern in Conrad on Saturday, April 23, at 3:00pm.