Gloria Christian - July 30, 2012

Hastings resident Gloria Maye Christian, 89, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at Mary Lanning HealthCare, Hastings.
Services will be Friday, Aug. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, Hastings, with Rev. Dr. Lee R. Wigert officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hastings. Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center, and one hour prior to the service.
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Gloria was born in 1922 on a farm in Aurora, to Carrie VanWormer and Cyrus Carlson. Gloria Maye was the oldest of six children. Father Cyrus was a farmer until Gloria was 13. He then became a handyman. Gloria remembers both her father and mother tarring a roof in the heat of the summer. Gloria was baptized in the Swedish Evangelical Church in Aurora. Gloria graduated from Aurora High School as an honor student, in the top 10 percent of the class of 1939.
There were few jobs in 1939. Gloria worked as a waitress for several weeks in Aurora and went to Omaha to babysit for six months. She came to Hastings in 1940 and worked at the Cosmetic Counter in Woolworths. She was manager of that Cosmetic department for eight months. She and eight other girls roomed with a person from Aurora. Gloria made $8 per week. Mr. Fink, owner of a Hastings Shoe Store, befriended the girls and knew that Gloria wanted an office job. He arranged for her to work in the circulation department of the Hastings Tribune. She worked there for one and one-half years.
She met Richard (Dick) Christian at the Hastings Evangelical Church in Brethren. They were married in November of 1942. Dick joined the Army and was transferred to Yuma, Ariz. in May of 1943. They moved from Yuma to Pomona, Calif., to San Bernardino, Calif., Pomona and finally Long Beach, Calif.
Upon their return to Hastings after the war, Gloria worked for Hoagleroad Van and Storage for 10 years attaining the position of office manager.
Their son, Jim, was born in 1955. During this time and until she opened her own shop in 1964 she enjoyed handiwork, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and cross stitching. She taught lessons and sold yarn out of her own home. Gloria was an excellent seamstress and made most of her own clothes throughout her life. She owned her own store, the Knit Knook at 2nd Street and Hastings Avenue for 17 years, retiring in 1981.
She was baptized, confirmed and married in the Swedish Evangelical United Brethren Church in Aurora.
She had always been interested in dolls and had a sizeable collection.
She was in the church choir from 1946 to 2006; church treasurer 20 years; Finance Committee from 1946 to 2007; UMW president seven and one-half years; charter member Sunday School class; helped with Bible School at Grace Church; and Queen City Doll Club 20 year member.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Christian; sister, Donna Lee; and brother, Warren Eugene.
Survivors include her son, James Christian of Hastings; sisters Wynona Faye Troester and Caroline Isabele Wolff; and a brother Gerald Richard Carlson.

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