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Gloria Dawn (Peterson) Joy

August 9, 1946 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Gloria Joy Obituary

Gloria Joy, 77, of Bemidji, died Sunday, December 24, 2023 in her home.

Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 4, 2024 at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Gloria Dawn Peterson was born August 9, 1946 in Madison, SD to George and Sylvia (Dahl) Peterson. During her childhood they moved to Bemidji where she attended Bemidji schools, graduating from Bemidji High School. On November 14, 1964 she married Lowell E. Joy and have lived in the same house since 1967. They had two sons, Michael and David Joy. Gloria worked for BSU as a clerical secretary and in the mail room.  She retired in 2008. Gloria volunteered for the Bemidji soup kitchen for many years and became president of the program. She made sure no one walked away hungry. She saw everyone as an equal. Gloria loved making cards and enjoyed taking family and friends to crafts shows and Women of Faith. Gloria taught confirmation at the Calvary Lutheran Church for years and taught Sunday School. She attended the Evangelical Covenant Church when she could and took the grandchildren often.

She is survived by her husband Lowell Joy of 59 years; sons Michael and David (Shelly); grandkids Mariah, Brandon and Taylor; great-grandchild Audrey; 20+ year friend MerryLynn; favorite furry friend Nellie the cat; brother-in-law John (Nancy) Joy; sisters-in-law Susan Joy and Mary Joy and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother David; in laws Eugene & Wilma Joy; brothers-in-law Dale Joy and Jerry Joy; sister-in-law Mary Nipp; eldest granddaughter Ashley Marie Joy and cousins.

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January 4, 2024

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home
3330 Irvine Ave. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Memorial Service
January 4, 2024

10:30 AM
Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home
3330 Irvine Ave. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601


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