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Gloria M. Gray, 85

Gloria Mae Gray, age 85, of Fergus Falls, formerly of Howard Lake, died peacefully Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the Pioneer Care Center of Fergus Falls.

The funeral service will be Monday, July 26 at 3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Fergus Falls, with the Rev. Robert Kandels officiating. Interment is at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls.

Visitation was Sunday, July 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Chapel; and continues Monday one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements are with the Faith & Hope Funeral Home of Fergus Falls; online condolences and video tribute at faithhopefh.com.

Gloria was born April 17, 1925, in Cokato, the daughter of Oliver and Clara (Hackbarth) Dahlin. She attended country school in rural Howard Lake, and later Howard Lake public schools, until her junior year, when she transferred to Delano, High School, graduating in 1943.

After graduation, she worked at North West National Bank in Minneapolis as a teller and stenographer.

Gloria married Gaylord F. Gray Aug. 17, 1945, at the Methodist Church of Henning. They were the parents of two children, Michael and Jody.

The couple lived in Minneapolis until 1947, when they moved to Fergus Falls.

Gloria was employed at Lake Region Hospital as a switchboard receptionist and also at George Bauers Insurance Agency. In 1960, she became employed as a legal secretary for the Nycklemoe Law Firm, which later became Nycklemoe, Ellig & Nycklemoe. She was employed there for 20 years, until her retirement.

Gloria was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Naomi Circle.

She enjoyed her home and decorating, both inside and out, especially planting and taking care of her flower beds. Her hobbies included knitting, reading, and crocheting. Although she had numerous canine animals, her favorites were her Scottish terrier named Tasha, and Michael’s Yorkie named Ashley.

Preceding Gloria in death were her parents; her husband, Gaylord in 2001; and an infant daughter, Jody Lynn, in 1956.

She is survived by her son, Michael of Fergus Falls; and a sister, Patricia Barton of Denver, CO; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.