On Tuesday, October
2, 2018, Gloria Mead Archbald passed away.
Gloria was born in
Olean, New York on July 4, 1929. She often remarked that she was seven
before she realized that all of the fire works were not for her.
She graduated from
East Aurora High School in New York. She remarked “Even though I was raised
during the depression and times were tough, life was very fun in East
Aurora. When food became scarce in the house, another antique chair suddenly
was gone and replaced by food.” She graduated from Centenary Women’s College
in New Jersey with an AA in 1949. She was a stewardess with American
Airlines from 1949 to 1951. The planes were DC 4s flying from New York to
London. She remembers having to sit in the copilot seat every flight when
the pilot or copilot were sleeping.
Gloria was a loving
wife and mother who enjoyed attending plays and operas and listening to
music, especially big band. She also enjoyed reading and having a drink with
friends or family.
After marrying and
moving to California, she spent the bulk of her time raising a family and
working in retail. She moved to Galveston, Texas, in 1983, where she lived
until Hurricane Ike wiped out her house in 2009. She loved spending her
golden years in Galveston, enjoying the beach with her friends and family.
She worked until she was 79 for Bob and Felicia Deas on the Strand and at
Coastal Creation. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Opera House as an
usher with a couple friends.
After the hurricane
she moved North and lived with her three children until her death this year.
She is survived by
daughters Jodi Fisher, of Vancouver, Washington, and Amy Elliot, of Mineral
Bluffs, Georgia; son Tom Archbald, of Chesterton and his family, wife
Theresa Keilman, daughter Stephanie Archbald and sons Connor and David
Preceding her in
death were her parents, Gaylord and Delberta Mead, brother Gaylord Mead,
husband Joe Archbald, and daughter Ellen Archbald.