Gloria Miller has worn many hats during her years of volunteer activity with Friends of the Wild Flower Garden. Currently a Board member, she was President of the Friends (1986-1988 and 1997-1999), as well as serving for many years as a volunteer in the Martha Crone Shelter. Also, as an artist and former art teacher, Gloria has shared her graphic skills. As a designer, she created the distinctive coneflower logo used on Friends’ stationery, envelopes and note cards. As a photographer, she supplied all of the color photos of wild flowers that appear in the booklet, For Friends from the Friends, which is used as a gift item for new members. Soon to go into its second printing, the booklet includes poetry written by Gloria’s husband, Lon, who also loves nature.
A native of North Dakota, Gloria says that she grew up enjoying the prairie wildflowers that were so abundant in the North Dakota countryside. Her favorites are the beautiful blue harebells and wild roses, she says.
Gloria is a graduate of Valley City State University in North Dakota, and also did graduate work at Moorhead State University. She taught in Montana and northern Minnesota prior to teaching in the Twin Cities. Currently Gloria is a tutor for Minneapolis Public Schools for home-bound and hospital-bound students.
Gloria in the Martha Crone Shelter with long-time Friends Secretary Nita Lussenhop
A second interview with Gloria Miller was published in 2013. [PDF Version.]
Note 1: Article by Lisa Locken, newsletter editor in 2002.
Note 2: This article was published in the Friends newsletter the Fringed Gentian™ Spring 2002 Vol. 50 #2.
Gloria served on the Friends Board of Directors from May 1985 to May 2003. She was Friends President from May 1986 to May 1988. She was re-elected President in May 1997 until May 1999 and served as historian after her second term as president. She left the Board in May 2003, and was re-elected to the Board in May 2008 and continues to be on the Board today (2017).