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Gloria Southward, 90

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Gloria Eleanor Southward, 90, Alexandria, passed away on August 10, 2014 at Bethany Home, where she had resided for several years.

Gloria was born November 16, 1923 in Carlos Township, Douglas County to Gust and Ellen (Shogren) Mattson. She was baptized and confirmed at Fahlun Lutheran Church in rural Nelson. She attended District 77 school in Carlos Township and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1941.

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On January 15, 1944, she was united in marriage to Sgt. Herman Southward of Alexandria, who was home on leave from the U.S. Army. They raised their three sons and one daughter in Alexandria. Following Herman?s death in 1977, Gloria worked for many years at the License Bureau, before retiring in 1990.

Gloria enjoyed cooking, reading, doing crossword puzzles, gardening, and traveling. She was active in her church, Calvary Lutheran in Alexandria, for many years. After retiring, she also volunteered at Bethany Home.

Gloria will be remembered as a wonderful cook, kind, gentle, quiet, smart, nonjudgmental, and hardworking. She was very loved by her family and friends and she will be missed greatly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gust and Ellen Shogren; husband, Herman Southward; sisters, Ragnhild Olstead, Ethel Nelson, Edith Bolin and Eunice Gordon; brothers, Reuben Mattson and Edwin Mattson; son-in-law, David Scott; several nieces and nephews; and one great-grandson, Isaac Pierce.

She is survived by her four children, Dennis (Carol) Southward of Minneapolis, Warren (Nancy) Southward of Binford, North Dakota, Mary Scott of Alexandria, and Thomas Southward of Alexandria; sister-in-law, Ruth Mattson; many nieces and nephews; six granddaughters, Deborah (Fred) Pierce of Fort Collins, Colorado, Melissa (Lucas) Hjelle of St. Paul, Christina Southward of Denver, Colorado, Diana (Dane) Wetterer of Greeley, Colorado, Jennie (Adam) Lanz of Bemidji, and Laura Scott of St. Paul; seven great-grandchildren, Noah, Nathan and Isabelle Pierce of Fort Collins, Colorado, Samuel Hjelle of St. Paul, Dane Jr. and Declan Wetterer of Greeley, Colorado, and Jack Lanz of Bemidji.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 13 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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