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Gloria AllisonWAUBAY- Gloria Allison, 68 of Waubay died on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at her home in Waubay. Her funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at the Enemy Swim Cultural Center, 13495 446th Ave., Enemy Swim, SD. Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery, Waubay. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service, 122 W. 5th Ave., Webster on Tuesday, 5-8 P.M. with a 7 P.M. prayer service, visitation will continue prior to services on Wednesday. fiksdalfuneral.com. Gloria Faye Barse was born on Saturday, July 26, 1941 to Arthur M. and Edith E. (Schmig) Barse at Webster, South Dakota. The family made their home in Waubay. She was baptized at St. James Episcopal Church at Enemy Swim. She attended school in Waubay and graduated from Waubay High School in 1959. She married Wallace Welch on June 7, 1959. After their marriage they made their home in Waubay where she worked with her father in road construction until 1965 and then, a few years later, began working at Bethesda Home in Webster. Gloria attended Lake Area Vocational School in Watertown and received her L.P.N. in 1979 and continued working at Bethesda Home. She worked with the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe where she served as Cattleman’s Co-ordinator, C.H.R. driver and various other positions. Then she attended Northern State College in Aberdeen and received her B.S. Degree in Speech and Special Education and taught special education at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. On June 30, 1990 she was united in marriage to Marv Allison at her home. They continued to live in Waubay and continued teaching until failing health forced her retirement in 1992. During her lifetime she was a foster parent to over 65 children, which she considered them as part of her family. She served as an Enemy Swim Council Person, Enemy Swim School Board for over 20 years and many years on the J.O.M. Board. During high school she was the first Day County Snow Queen. She was active in the Waubay Legion Auxiliary and the Ortley Free Lutheran Church. Gloria passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at her home in Waubay, South Dakota at the age of 68 years, 3 months and 26 days. Survivors include her husband, Marv Allison of Waubay; her children, Janet Welch of Brookings, SD, Loris (Charlotte) Welch and Loren (Dolores) Welch both of Waubay, SD, James (Lisa) Welch, Jon (Tina) Welch and Alexis Douville all of Sioux Falls, SD, Daryl (Rae) Lufkins of Watertown, SD, Jason (Georgia) Lufkins of North Bend, WA and Joy (Harvey) Renville of Agency Village, SD; one sister, Erma Lou Grothaus of Waubay, SD; four sisters-in-law, Grace Barse of Watertown, SD, Delores “Dutchie” Barse of Waubay, SD, Violet Barse of Agency Village and Mary (Ed) Yonan of Claremont, CA; a half-sister, May (Galen) Gibson of Webster, SD; 31 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 10 brothers and sisters and 2 grandchildren.
To Gloria's family, Your mother was an Angel here on earth. She proved it everyday with the life that she lead. She was gift to all of us that knew her. I remember meeting her the summer of 1979 at the American Legion street dance in Waubay. I was introduced to her and greeted by her with a hug :) and from that day on every time I saw her for the next 25+ years I was greeted the same friendly way. A big smile, then a Huge hug! I loved it! What a beautiful lady. I will keep her in my heart forever as one of my great memories of Waubay and the fun and lifetime friendships that I have made over the years visiting. God Bless all of you, Loris and family. You have your very own Guardian Angel watching over you. :) Love n Hugs! ~Doreen (Clay) McGinty... Doris (Darrington)Clay's Daughter
Doreen (Clay) McGinty Oct 24 2010 12:00 AM
Condolences to the family.. I have many happy memories of Gloria from high school..
Pat O'Riley Nov 29 2009 12:00 AM
My heart is heavy today as I think of you, Marv, and your families grieving and saying farewell to the beautiful,beloved Gloria. She was one of a kind with her warm smile, sense of humor and helpful ways. Remember that "Death leaves a memory no one can heal but love leaves a memory no one can steal". God's blessing be with all of you.
Loa Bernard Nov 25 2009 12:00 AM
Gloria was an amazing woman. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Lisa Campbell-John Nov 25 2009 12:00 AM
Marvin, Sorry for your loss. Gloria was always positive in her live.God bless you, Darlene
Darlene Christensen Nov 24 2009 12:00 AM
Each of you is being held close as you go through the loss of Gloria. She was such a wonderful presence in many lives. I loved her very much. My heart is broken with grief. God keep and comfort you. Love Sissy
Carole Peterson Nov 24 2009 12:00 AM
To Marv & Gloria's beautiful family, We offer our love and condolences, she is a very special lady. She will be missed by many people. We always loved to come and visit. We will always remember the wonderful fish fry, that Loris had in his yard. We had so much fun. We love you all, hope to have some time this summer to visit. Love Barb & Eldon Etter
Barb & Eldon Etter (Thiel) Nov 24 2009 12:00 AM
She will be missed by all of us, her family, friends, and community. She was a terrific friend, and my "Waubay" mom. God Bless and Keep her, and all of us.
Barry Hillestad Nov 24 2009 12:00 AM
Jon, James and families. So sorry for your loss. Heather
Heather Niles Carter Nov 24 2009 12:00 AM
Janet, Loris, Loren, James, and Jon, Your mom was a super person and neighbor to us when we were growing up. Let the memories you have of her help you all through the days ahead. Peace.
kathy weyh-jurgens Nov 24 2009 12:00 AM