Gloria Lipson (1929 - 2014)

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PETERBOROUGH - Gloria Lipson, 85, of Peterborough, died peacefully Friday morning, June 6, 2014, after many years of struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was surrounded by friends and family.

Gloria Alma (Anna Amanda) Hoff was born on Jan. 10, 1929, in Omaha, Neb., to the Rev. Alfred and Laura Pankow Hoff. She grew up in Millard, Neb. and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1947. She married the late Alexander Campbell of Culbertson, Neb., in 1949, and became a farm wife.

In 1969 she married the late L. Lynn Lipson of McCook, Neb. Gloria and Lynn shared a love of singing and banjo music and attended many folk festivals together. She sang in the choir at St. Alban's Church, McCook, Neb. and also served on Altar Guild. She served on the board of Community Concerts Association, and volunteered as a Pink Lady at St. Catherine's Hospital, giving friendship and comfort to the sick and suffering.

After her second husband's death in 1974, Gloria set out to shape the last half of her life. She attended McCook Community College and the University of Rhode Island. Gloria was a founding member of the McCook, Neb. chapter of the National Organization for Women. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment. As a part of the Southwest Nebraska Domestic Violence Taskforce, she opened her home to shelter battered women. She was kind and generous, famous for her hospitality and endless coffee pot. Friends and newcomers alike were treated like family.

In 1990, Gloria moved to Peterborough to be closer to her daughter. She worked for many local businesses, including Brookstone, Peterborough Savings Bank, and Rite Aid. She was a member of the Pastoral Care Committee at All Saints Church. Gloria approached the world with enthusiasm and with genuine caring. She touched the lives of so many around her. She was the honorary grandmother to Elizabeth Buckingham of Portland, Maine, beloved babysitter of Will and Elizabeth Robbins-Cole of Wellesley, Mass., and godmother to Paul Clark of McCook, Neb.

Gloria is survived by one daughter, Laura Campbell, of Peterborough; two stepdaughters, Christine Guarrasi of Gloucester, Mass.; Diana Burge, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and one step-son, Randall Lipson of Williamsburg, Kan.

Her brother Leon Hoff preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m., at All Saints Church, 51 Concord Street, Peterborough.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, N.Y. 10001, The Nature Conservancy,, or the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 W. Swanzey Road, Swanzey, N.H. 03446.

Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on June 10, 2014