Gloria Jeanne Mathers, age 92, of Green Lake, WI, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at her home.
Gloria was born November 22, 1927, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Frederick and Blanche E. (Taylor) Hatch. She graduated from Naperville High School and went on to attend college at North Central College and UW-Oshkosh. In 1948, Gloria married James Ray Mathers after meeting him in a corn field while he was working for Dekalb Seed Corn Company. They were married in Hollywood, CA on The Bride & Groom show, a live radio program, after winning a contest sponsored by a Chicago radio station.
Gloria enjoyed being active in different associations, the Dartford Education Club, Brooklyn Bells, Swimnastics, and the Green Lake Festival of Music. A homemaker and active partner in farming with her husband and family, she also enjoyed reading and writing poetry. She recently published a book of her collected poems and short stories. Gloria enjoyed education and loved to dress well. She also loved music of all kinds, but especially jazz. She sang in several local choirs. She loved walking, whether it be on a country road or Florida beach. One of her ways of showing her love was cooking delightful meals for friends, family and guests.
Survivors include her five children, Stephen Ray (Rande) Mathers of Granbury, TX, Karen Jeanne (Michael) Lehner of Princeton, WI, Ronald Frederick (Cindy) Phoenix, AZ, Jeremy James (Annette) Mathers of Tinley Park, IL and Robert Alan (Rosie) Mathers of Menomonee Falls, WI; grandchildren, Joshua (Natalie) Mathers, Bree (Eric) Blazak, Zachary Mathers, Micah (Sarah) Lehner, Nathan (Christina) Lehner, Andrew (Kristel) Lehner and Jena, Lindsay, Lauren, Cathryn, Derek, Kirstin and David Mathers; 12 great-grandchildren, Spinnaker and Eliza Blazak, Avery and Aubri Mathers, Vera, Simone, Margot, Sadie, Maxwell, August, Leo and Leroy Lehner; one brother, Eldon H. (Madeline) Hatch of Naperville, IL; one sister, Joyce W. Booth of Jupiter, FL; one sister-in-law, Pat Mathers of Galesburg, IL and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Blanche E. Hatch; husband, James Ray Mathers and grandson, Skylar Mathers.
A private funeral service for Gloria will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home, 515 Mayparty Dr., Ripon, WI 54971 with Pastor Gary Zacharias officiating. A private family interment will follow at Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake, WI. A memorial is being established in her name, and may be mailed to the funeral home.
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Glorias family will be having a Celebration of Life in her honor sometime in 2021.
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