Gloria Elkins, 82, after a long and fulfilling life, passed away peacefully on Sunday Nov. 24, 2013 at her home, with her husband Joseph by her side.
The daughter of James and Hilda Barry, Gloria was born in New Pine Creek on Dec. 28, 1930. With her parents and two siblings, the Barry family was one of the early pioneer families in Lake County. She grew up on a ranch 30 miles from the nearest town, without electricity, running water or medical care nearby. The family epitomized the self reliance and independence of the early ranch pioneers in Lake County.
Recognized as a bright child, Gloria was sent to Lakeview so she could attend high school. With the help of a Daly scholarship, she attended OSU, and then the University of Oregon, where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees.
Having attended both schools, Gloria was one of the few Oregonians that could claim to have never lost a Civil War football game. Gloria taught one year at Seaside, and then joined Sweet Home High School as a teacher and guidance counselor.
Gloria met her future husband, Joseph Elkins in 1954 and they were married later that same year, starting a loving marriage that lasted 59 years. They lived in Sweet Home for many years before moving to a family property near Lebanon. After a long and distinguished career at SHHS, Gloria retired and with Joe traveled the world, visiting Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East.
Besides travel, Gloria was also an avid bridge player and belonged to several Sweet Home and Lebanon bridge groups. Gloria was also active in the Sweet Home chapter of the P.E.O. for many years. Gloria was a remarkable woman who lived a long and fulfilling life. She touched many lives in a positive way both as a high school counselor helping her students and also her many friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother James Barry.
She is survived by her husband Joe, Craig and Barry, five grandchildren and sister Genevieve.
A Memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013 at the Sweet Home United Methodist Church (846 6th Ave. Sweet Home).
Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to the Sweet Home public library in c/o Huston-Jost Funeral Home 86 W. Grant St. Lebanon, OR 97355