Gloria E. Eastburn Lynch, 85, Watseka, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
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Gloria was born on June 3, 1928, in Watseka, the daughter of Bernard LaVerne and Corinne Donovan Eastburn. She married John D. "Jack" Lynch on December 2, 1967, in Watseka.
Survivors include one son, John (Susan) Lynch of Watseka, one daughter, Mary Ellen (Tony) Huffman of Newport Beach, California, one brother Lloyd (Donna) Eastburn of Sheldon, and five grandchildren: Christopher Kane, Valerie Kane, Jacqueline Lynch, Myles Lynch and Dominic Huffman.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, John D. "Jack" Lynch, her parents, Bernard LaVerne and Corinne Donovan Eastburn, and her brother, George Eastburn.
After graduating from Watseka Community High School Gloria attended one year of college at Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia and graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. She then moved to New York City where she lived in Hell's Kitchen and worked as a waitress and an usher at a Broadway theater. Gloria worked as a waitress for several summers at the Saranac Inn in the Adirondacks in Saranac Lake, New York. She traveled on her own to Europe and Cuba, which was quite unusual for a woman at that time. While living in New York City Gloria worked for the Credit School/Teachers Credit Union. She earned her Master's Degree in Education from Syracuse University and was named Assistant Dean of Women at Syracuse. Gloria was later named the Head Registrar at the Stanford School of Business where she was the first female to be hired in an administrative role.
Gloria was an avid collector of antiques, spoons and postcards. She enjoyed traveling, auctions, gift shops and spoon collecting conventions. Gloria traveled for over 30 years with her social group of like-minded women known as the Road Runners. She had a love of American Indian culture, art and baskets. She was accomplished at knitting and made more than 80 personalized and intricate Christmas stockings for family and friends. She served on the local boards of the Watseka Public Library, the Depot, and Donovan Park. She was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, St. Edmund's Catholic Church, the St. Edmund's Parish Council, the IMH Auxiliary, the WCHS Boosters Club and the WCHS Post Prom Committee. She was also a member of the School Board, Watseka Citizen of the Year, and a volunteer at the Old Courthouse.
A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Father Mike Powell will officiate. Burial will be in Roberts Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with a vigil service at 4:00 p.m. and a prayer service at 6:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Donovan Park, the Watseka Public Library, St. Edmund Catholic Church, the American Diabetes Association's Camp Granada, or Camp Courageous.
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Published in Times Republic on Apr. 9, 2014