Gloria Jeanne Lumsden was a witty, vivacious, loving, and kind grandmother, wife, mother, aunt, sister, and friend. She approached life with fire, determination, laughter, and not an insignificant amount of sass. Her short battle with cancer was no different. She passed peacefully at her home, if too quickly, on December 18, 2021, at age 66.
The world became a little brighter when she was born to the late Norman and Louise (Carr) Brown on October 1, 1955. She married Howard Lumsden and together had two children: Nick and Adam. For much of her career she worked at Alpena General Hospital where she made many friends and improved more than a few lives. But she is better known for her incredible craftsmanship - whether cross-stitching, crocheting, planting flowers, or working her special magic in the kitchen. None would leave her kitchen with an empty belly or without a tasty treat to go.
Gloria loved to give gifts with a personal touch, often created by her for those special moments in the lives of the people she loved. Each one truly one of a kind. And she had a talent in making others laugh, a gift she often shared with a joke, a prank, or her infectious laughter. Her personal mantra was "Life Is Good" and she lived it.
She lived to spend time with her grandchildren, Isabelle, George, and Oliver, and the many grandpuppies she adored.
She is survived by her husband, Howard; sons, Nick (Jennifer) Lumsden, Adam (Stephanie) Lumsden; grandchildren, Isabelle, George, and Oliver; siblings, Pat (Neil) MacArthur, Margaret Langoni, Jim (Rhonda) Brown; sister, Ann Brown; so many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and adopted family, all to whom she was most affectionately known as "Aunt Gloria".
Gloria was preceded in death by her siblings Joyce (Arnie) Bartz, Janet Brown, Gary (Mary Ann) Brown; and a brother-in-law, Donald Langoni.
She loved the phrase "It's laugh or cry time, you choose." Join us as we choose to celebrate her life and her going home with fond memories and laughter she can hear all the way in heaven. Her celebration will take place at Long Rapids First Congregational Church on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 1 p.m. with sharing and fellowship to follow. Arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.
Inurnment: Long Rapids Township Cemetery