Gloria Morris-Grothe, 89

Gloria Evangeline Morris-Grothe, age 89, of St. Paul, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at her home.

A memorial service will take place Monday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at the Coventry Chapel at Episcopal Church Homes, 1840 University Ave W, in St. Paul.

Gloria was born Oct. 21, 1925, in Stockholm, MN, the daughter of Elmer and Ida Morris.

She was a graduate of Cokato High School in 1943. After high school, Gloria moved to Minneapolis, where she worked at the University of Minnesota and sang with two friends in a singing trio called the Blue Belles.

After her marriage to Howard E. Grothe in 1946, Gloria lived in South Minneapolis, and later in New Hope, where she was a devoted and caring mother to her three children. At the same time, she pursued a part-time career in music as a piano teacher, vocal soloist at multiple churches, and director of several community vocal groups.

Gloria formed the New Hope Arts and Humanities Council, and arranged for musicians to perform at area concerts and festivals.

In 1972, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing college at the University of Minnesota, earning a bachelor of science degree in music education, followed by a master’s degree in musicology.

She became a lecturer/performer in Swedish lyric songs, and also gave vocal lessons to students from her home studio.

Gloria will be remembered as a very caring person; always concerned for the welfare of others.

She was preceded in death by parents, Ida and Elmer Morris; brother Howard Morris of Cokato; and former husband Howard Grothe.

Gloria is survived by daughters Cindy (David) Smith of Hayward, WI, and Mary Schmidt of Jordan; son Jon (Dixie) Grothe of Tonka Bay; and grandchildren, Travis Schmidt of Belle Plaine, and Sierra Schmidt of St. Paul.

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