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Gloria Johnson

Aug. 5, 1927-May 12, 2011

Gloria M. Johnson, 83, of Bagley, Minn., passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead.

Gloria Mae Johnson was born on August 5, 1927 in Detroit Lakes. She grew up and attended school in Lake Park, graduating in 1944. She was confirmed at Lake Park Lutheran Church. She attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moorhead. She also attended the University of Minnesota, University of Colorado, University of Wisconsin, and University of North Dakota.

Gloria taught high school in Villard and Henning, Minn. She then became the librarian for Bagley High School, a position she held for 32 years, retiring in 1989.

She volunteered at the Clearwater County Public Library; served on the library board for the Bagley Public Library; and was active in the Bagley Education Association for many years. She was a member of the Clearwater County Republican Party and served in offices including county chairwoman for that organization.

Gloria loved to travel throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. She also traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Canada. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, cards and word games. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and was very close to her nieces and nephews.

Gloria suffered a stroke in 2008 and moved to Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead.

She is survived by one brother, Curtis (Karen) Hanson of Moorhead; sister-in-law, Marlys Hanson of International Falls, Minn.; two nieces, Darla (Todd) Mattson of Golden Valley, Minn., and Dana (Chad) Rieth of Fargo; two nephews, Steven (Wendy) Hanson of International Falls and Troy (Angie) Hanson of Elk River, Minn.; as well as nine great nieces and great nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Ted and Mabel Hanson; and one brother, Ted Hanson.

Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., in Lake Park Lutheran Church, Lake Park. Interment is in the church cemetery.

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