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Gloria Joan Schmidt, age 90, died on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Seacliff Nursing Home in Huntington Beach, CA, after a long illness. She was born in Eagle Rock, CA, and raised in Elmhurst, IL, the eldest of five children. She is survived by her beloved husband, Elmar Vernon, their four children, Karyn Kelley, Steven Schmidt, Kate Schmidt, Kim Williams, three grandchildren, Jacqueline Renner, Brendan and Bryan Kelley, brother, Charles, and two sisters, Elizabeth Sumner and Cynthia Stevens. She was preceded in death by her parents, Byron Francis, and Charlotte Huntington (Wood) Stevens, and brother, Richard. Inspired by the iconic poster art on the boxes of fruits and veg, "especially the oranges and avocados," Gloria was taken with the fantasy of a life in sunny California. Immediately upon graduation from college, Gloria and a friend drove to California, where she took a job teaching fifth-graders at Longfellow Elementary School in the Bixby Knolls section of Long Beach. But, having fallen in love with "the back of his head" in a classroom at Northern Illinois University, Gloria returned to Illinois so she and EV could be married in 1950. She returned to her teaching job, and later that year, after securing employment in California, EV joined Gloria in Long Beach, and they embarked on a sixty-seven-year marriage. While raising four children, Gloria received her Master of Arts degree in Education from Long Beach State College (now CSULB) in 1959. Gloria lived a life of service to others and to her community. She was active in the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, the Assistance League, and worked as a volunteer to revitalize the city's downtown with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency. After the family moved to Pacific Palisades in 1971, Gloria joined the League of Women Voters, eventually becoming president of the Los Angeles County chapter. Gloria loved her new church, The Palisades Presbyterian. She put together food drives, rummage sales, community outreach programs, and organized many Presbyterian Women's Conferences. Gloria's hobbies included golf, tennis, bridge, and piano. But she specialized in graciousness, and putting people at ease. She affected everyone with her kindness. Her impact was profound: acquaintances continue to go out of their way to let us know about her many acts of love and generosity. Gloria's strong faith was her True North, and is how she will be remembered. No services are planned, but donations may be made in her name to the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, 15821 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 20, 2017
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