Gloria Cheney - Sylvan Grove KS
1/30/1934 - 11/16/2010
Gloria Ann Cheney, 76, was born in rural Mitchell County on January 30, 1934, to Charles and Mattie (Francis) Bruce. She passed away on November 16, 2010, in Beloit, KS.
Preceding her in death were: daughter, Pamela Rae Britt; brothers Dale and Bud Bruce; sister Ruth LaShell.
Surviving her are: her husband, Glen, of the home; sons Darrel and his wife, Bonnie, of Hunter, KS, Dale and his wife, Maria, of Salina, and Mike and his wife, Becky, of Lincoln, KS; 17 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.
Visitation: Thursday, November 18th, 1-7:00 P.M. at Hall Chapel, with the family receiving friends 6-7:00.
Service: Friday, November 19th, 10:30 A.M. at United Methodist Church of Lincoln. Interment will follow at Vesper Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Solomon Valley Hospice.
The family remembers Gloria as an exceptional homemaker and cook that was a cut above the rest. Some of the culinary stand outs: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sour cream chocolate cake, angel food cake, and pecan pie. Gloria's famous slush was a family favorite at Christmas along with peanut brittle and caramel popcorn. Gloria's kids, grandkids, and daughters-in-law continue to treasure some of those cooking tips and secrets that she shared. However no one has ever been able to duplicate the macaroni and cheese baked to perfection in Gloria's glass casserole dish.
When Gloria wasn't cooking she was sewing. Her many hours operating a sewing machine and needle and thread produced skirts, dresses, men's shirts, jackets, vests, patched jeans, and Pam's beautiful wedding dress. The Christmas of '83 found all of the grandsons in matching red western shirts and Angie in a complete cowgirl skirt and blouse to match the boys.
Gloria was quite the outdoors woman. She loved to take her kids and grandkids fishing. However, the kids had to dig their own worms. Darrel, Dale, and Mike recall when their family dog, Chief got tangled in the trout line and swallowed the hooks. Gloria had the job of calming down the kids and taking the dog to the vet.
During wheat harvest Gloria was the truck driver. Her grandsons could tell you stories about the rides to and from the elevator and the thrill (and maybe a little fear) of being hoisted up high enough to dump the wheat from the truck. One harvest, Mike and Dale remember placing firecrackers in the ashtray of the old truck in an attempt to help Gloria quit smoking. Talk about backfiring; Gloria was not happy!
Plain and simple, Gloria was fun. She was the life of any party and loved to dance. Glen and Gloria were known as the couple to lead the grand march at wedding dances. They loved the Halloween costume parties at the sale barn in Sylvan and friends could always count on breakfast at Gloria's after a night out.
She had a large number of friends and old classmates that she stayed in touch with. When alumni weekend rolled around, you could find Glen and Gloria at the VFW with a group of friends that met there every year to laugh and reminisce about the good old days.
Gloria loved to play cards. She taught her grandkids to play pitch and pinochle. They soon learned never to cross Gloria in card playing. Gloria never hesitated to voice her opinion in a card game or sporting event. She was the mom and grandma that never missed a game and had that distinct and recognizable voice from the stands.
One time she even called the Salina Journal sports editor to give him a lecture on newspaper's lack of coverage of Sylvan Grove sports.
Gloria's repertoire of jobs and responsibilities included, working on the election board and census bureau. She had leadership roles in EHU, 4-H, and the Lincoln County Fair. Known as the neighborhood beautician, she cut, permed, and buzzed hair for her children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends. She even cut her own hair.
Gloria was a faithful servant of the Ash Grove United Methodist Church. Her love of music and dedication to the church landed her the job of church song leader. She also served in the church choir, performed in special musical numbers, and encouraged her children to do the same. One of the family's fondest memories is of Gloria and Pam providing special music at the last Ash Grove Christmas Eve Service.
Gloria will always hold a special place in the hearts of her family and friends.