On Monday, June 16th at the age of 81, Gloria passed peacefully away with her husband at her side.
Gloria was born in Edmonton, AB and raised by her grandparents in Vancouver, BC. She married Al in 1949 and they moved to North Vancouver where their first three children were born. In 1955 they moved to Cranbrook, BC, where the baby of the family arrived. The whole family moved to the Queen Charlotte Islands for two years, then to McBride for two years, then settled permanently in Chilliwack.
Gloria is survived by Allen, her devoted husband of 59 years and her three beautiful daughters Laura, Colleen and Holly. She was predeceased by her only son James Paul in May. Gloria and Al enjoyed spending summers in Hawaii where she learned the Islanders term for “Grama” and chose to adopt it for herself. “Tutu” will always hold a special place in the hearts of her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Gloria’s creativity and artistic ability were her hallmarks and her talents were many. Her artistic resume includes pottery, sculpture, knitting, sewing, petit point, needlepoint, crewel, candle making, beading, upholstery, decoupage, embroidery, smocking, cross stitch, ceramics, mosaic, macrame, tatting, concrete casting, rug hooking, glass etching, painting, flower arranging, pysanky (easter egg decorating), stamping, stencilling, business card designing, and crocheting (to name a few!). In 1980, Gloria got her first computer (she could have had a fur coat!) and was soon happily designing special cards for friends and family. She could easily have been the professional artist she had dreamed of being as a child.
Gloria and Al were enthusiastic members of the Gyro Club of Chilliwack for over 35 years. They enjoyed the camaraderie of the many friends they made locally and internationally during their years with the club.
An Open House will be held on Saturday June 21 at 10223 Kent Road between 1 pm and 4 pm.