Gloria Alcorn, 76, Palm Springs, Calif.

Published 8:57 am Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gloria Alcorn, of Palm Springs, Calif., formerly from Albert Lea and Emmons, died on Nov. 28, 2010, at Eisenhower Hospital. The cause of death was undetected cancer.

She was born at home on the family farm in rural Bricelyn on March 3, 1934, to Peter and Mayme (Oswald) Alne. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Kermit, Nordean and Roger Alne; sister, Phyllis Nordaas; stepson, Dale Alcorn Jr.; daughter-in-law, Terry Frerichs; and many brothers and sisters in-law.

Gloria is survived by her husband of 41 years, Dale; her sons: Lyle (Lori), Lance (Kathy) and Lon Frerichs; her daughters: Lana (Tracy) Hanna and Lisa (Ray) Schardijn; stepdaughter, Connie (Zane) Morris; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

She was a very good singer; she loved her crafts; and was quick to make friends. Gloria had a distinctive laugh but if you couldn’t hear her you could easily pick her out in a crowd – she loved wearing bright clothes and big jewelry.

There will be a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Safari Park Community Center, 2601 S Cherokee Way, Palm Springs, Calif. In the spring of 2011 there will be a celebration service for Gloria in northern Iowa (date and location pending.)