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Gloria D. Postel
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PEORIA – Gloria Davis Postel, 89, of Peoria, passed away July 23, 2017 in Peoria.
Born August 18, 1927 in Wilson, Oklahoma, Gloria was the daughter of Arleigh and Blannie McLarty Davis. She married Charles W. Postel on August 2, 1973 and lived with him for 38 years in Rockbridge, Illinois until after his death in 2011. She previously married Proctor C. Waldo, Jr. on April 9, 1949.

Gloria adored her large family, who loved and looked up to her. She is survived by her children, P.C. (Tripp) Waldo III and his wife, Debbie, Davis Waldo, Ann Waldo and her husband, Doug, and Grady Waldo and his wife, Cindy; her 14 grandchildren, Amy Larson, Robert Waldo, Rebecca Hall, Michael Hayden, Lyndee Hayden, Corey Hayden, Alexandra Probst, Catherine Rakowski, Blannie Miller, Marianne Cheng, Kelly Waldo, Kyla Waldo, Jenna Waldo, and Tyler Charles Waldo; and her 11 great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Hosea, and Jude Larson, Malachi, Daniel, and Ariana Waldo, Ellie and Hayden Hall, Ellis and Josie Probst, and Lincoln Rakowski. As Gloria was fond of saying proudly when surveying her wall of family pictures, “Not too bad for an only child!”

Gloria graduated from Peoria Central High School and got her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Illinois. She was a member of Delta Gamma and P.E.O. sororities. She was a kindergarten and pre-K teacher and was patient and gentle with little kids.

She loved to travel and to learn new things. She and Charley took train rides, mountain hikes, mission trips to Central and South America, cultural tours of Europe, China, and Russia, and countless trips to attend their grandkids’ important events. She was adaptable, relaxed, and curious. On her last major trip, she was fascinated by the memorials in Washington, DC, lingering in 100-degree heat to read out loud every inspiring word at the FDR memorial. She and Charley also cherished the chance to take their grandchildren two-by-two on cross-country train trips to pass on to them their love of travel and learning.

Gloria’s deep Christian faith defined her. She loved Jesus Christ and looked forward to spending eternity in Heaven. She read the Bible daily and taught Sunday School in First United Methodist Church in Peoria and Rockbridge United Methodist Church. She was a rock of stability in faith, values, and integrity that guided and upheld her children and family throughout their own lives. Her favorite Scripture was First Corinthians 13, “the love Chapter,” which she taught to her grandkids, and she herself embodied through her kindness, forgiveness, fairness, and generosity.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Peoria with Pastor Daniel Motta officiating. A visitation will be held at the church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heifer International or Save the Children.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church (Peoria)

116 NE Perry Ave.
PEORIA, IL 61603





11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church (Peoria)

116 NE Perry Ave.
PEORIA, IL 61603

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Swan Lake Memory Gardens

4601 W. War Memorial Drive
Peoria, IL 61615


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