IRVINGTON—Gloria Stone Wallace, 97, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2021, at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury.
Gloria was born in Tulsa, Okla., on February 8, 1924, to Gudrun and Seymour Stone who worked in newspaper advertising. Gloria was orphaned in 1940 while living in Minneapolis, Minn., and she moved to Seattle, Wash., to live with her aunt and uncle, Ida and Arvid Swenson. After some university studies, she became a United Airlines flight attendant in 1947 where she served on the inaugural Los Angeles-Chicago flight on a DC3.
That same year, she met and married Wendell Morgan Wallace, a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force in the western Pacific, in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Wendell was a sales executive in the aluminum products industry. They lived many happy years in Flemington, N.J., and Barrington, Ill., before retiring to Moran Creek in Weems in 1984. Gloria moved to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in 2010.
At age 57, in 1981, Gloria earned a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in humanities from Barat College, Lake Forest, Ill.
A natural organizer, mover and shaker, Gloria was involved in numerous civic activities throughout her life including leading Cub and Girl Scouts, serving in her Presbyterian church and as a member of the League of Women Voters.
In Virginia, she led the Lancaster Community Library board and also founded and led the Sundays at Two lecture series for 25 years. She was very proud to co-found and chair the River Counties Community Foundation, and she continued serving on their grants committee through 2021.
She was a life member of the Foundation for Historic Christ Church and an Elder at Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, serving on its board and chairing many committees.
At Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, she chaired the food committee, loved playing Rummikub, participated in Great Decisions and actively welcomed newcomers. Gloria ran for Lancaster County Supervisor in 1993 and was a member of Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.
Insatiably curious, she traveled extensively visiting over 40 countries. She was exceptionally fond of ballet, theater and museums, and loved to try new recipes, including Norwegian krumkake at Christmas. A complete non-athlete, her first and only snowmobile ride was in Breckenridge, Colo., on the occasion of her 90th birthday. She was always positive, tenacious, kind and forever young.
Gloria was predeceased by her husband of 52 years.
She is survived by her children, Donald Wallace and wife Angela Kantola of Littleton, Colo., and Joan Wallace Burns and husband Stephen Burns of Washington, D.C., four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and those she served throughout her life.
A private service and interment will be held at Historic Christ Church, Weems, for her immediate family. A grand celebration of Gloria’s life in the community will be scheduled for a later date.
Memorial donations by check can be made to River Counties Community Foundation, PO Box 54, White Stone, VA 22578 for the Wendell and Gloria Wallace Fund, or directly online at https://bit.ly/3ArjBPb.