Gloria Kinsey, 74, of Sturgis, passed away Monday evening, May 17, 2010, at Select Specialty Hospital in Kalamazoo.
She was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Sturgis, the only child of Howard and Loretta (Coohon) Gilbert.
Gloria was a lifelong resident of Sturgis and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1953.
On Sept. 4, 1957, she married Willis A. “Bill” Kinsey in Sturgis. He died Dec. 20, 1984.
For more 30 years she had been employed by Sturgis Hospital as a certified nursing assistant and had worked in every department of the hospital and most enjoyed working in pediatrics and obstetrics. She retired from Sturgis Home Health Care following several years of dedicated employment.
Gloria was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, where she was a deacon and a member of the hand bell choir and the choir.
She loved traveling and had enjoyed two trips to Europe, a Caribbean cruise and numerous trips throughout the United States. She also enjoyed reading and riding her bicycle.
For several years she was an aide in the classroom of her dear friend, Jean Beall, at Baldwin Prairie Elementary School, where she was always ready to volunteer her time with field trips or adopt-a-grandmother-for-a-day program.
She is survived her very best friend, Jean Beall of Sturgis; a sister-in-law, Eva (Clarence) Wooten of Sturgis; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Mark H. Kinsey in February 1984 and John W. Kinsey in April 1993; and a cousin, Kathy Daniels.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and
6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Gloria Kinsey will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Michael Wicks will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Kinsey’s memory consider the First Presbyterian Church hand bell choir or the choir fund, 1320 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091; or Thurston Woods Village, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.