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Gloria Mortenson


Gloria Mortenson, 86, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at the Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta, Mont. A graveside service was on Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in Dodson.

Gloria was born at home on January 26, 1934, in DeLamere, N.D., to Palmer and Borghild Foley. She attended rural school at Hall #1, grades 1-8. She attended Delamere High School and graduated in 1951. She obtained her teaching certificate from Valley City State Teachers College in 1952. Her first teaching assignment was in a rural school near Wyndmere, N.D. She continued her love of educating her 1st and 2nd-grade students for 11 years in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and Washington. At the same time finishing her B.S. degree in education in 1960. She enjoyed seeing much of the United States and even Cuba.

She met and married the love of her life Edmund Mortenson on August 1, 1965, and moved to the family farm north of Dodson where they raised their three children Twyla, Mark, and Paul.

For many years, Gloria taught Sunday school, Bible school and was involved in WELCA at the Dodson Lutheran Church. She also put her beautiful voice to use in the church choir. She also put her heart into substitute teaching at the Dodson School.

She loved to read, recite poetry, bake, knit, embroider, and sew; in which whoever was blessed enough to try her baked goods would probably agree they were the absolute best. Gloria put her amazing sewing skills to use by quilting and had gifted her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews with beautiful quilts.

Through the 54 years of marriage that Gloria and Edmund shared, they enjoyed going on Senior Citizen Bus Tours. They enjoyed this part of retirement but were always overjoyed to come back home to see the family.

Gloria is survived by her husband Edmund, daughter Twyla (Evan) Jones of Belt, Mont., and Paul (Rachel) Mortenson of Dodson, Mont.; her six grandchildren Luke (Cheyenne) Jones, Matthew (Marissa) Jones, Riley, Raina, Parker, and Pierce Mortenson; her sister-in-laws Edna Oldfield and Lou Foley and brother in law Willard Mortenson.

Gloria was preceded in death by her son Mark (who died of leukemia), sister Susan Trageton and brother Harold Foley.


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