BACKUS -- Gloria Eveland, 81, Backus, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at Cokato Manor in Cokato.
She was born Aug. 6, 1921, in Pennock to Gus and Hannah Seastrom. They moved to Siren, Wis., where she graduated from high school in 1939. During World War II, she worked at General Mills in the machinery division wiring jeeps. She entered the Swedish Hospital Nursing School in Minneapolis in 1947 and graduated with honors in 1949. She worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She married Howard Williams on Aug. 8, 1951. They moved to Preston, Ill. He died in 1958. She moved to Rochester and became the surgery department director at Olmsted Hospital. She moved to Willmar in 1960 and became the director of nursing at Rice Memorial Hospital in May 1961. She married Gerald Eveland in July 1969. They moved to Montevideo and lived there until 1970 when they moved to Backus. She was involved with her church activities, including Sunday school, Bible school, choir and church meals. She also worked at the Senior Citizen Center in Backus.
Survivors include four daughters, Debbi Gebert, Texas, Linda Smith, Buffalo, Shelby Ecker, Cokato, and Dawne Eveland, Edina; two sons, Bruce Eveland, Backus, and Randy Eveland, New York; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lucille Bornholdt, Richfield.
Her first husband, Howard Williams; and her second husband, Gerald Eveland; and a brother, Gordon Seastrom, died earlier.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Lakeside Baptist Church in Backus with Pastor Jeffrey Broom officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Backus.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Kline Funeral Home in Pine River and an hour before services Friday at the church.
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