It is with sadness that we note the passing away Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2017, of Friends member Gloria Miller.
Gloria Miller wore many hats during her years of volunteer activity with Friends of the Wild Flower Garden. She served 17 years on the Friends Board of Directors over two intervals, the first beginning in 1985. She was twice President of the Friends (1986-1988 and 1997-1999), as well as serving for many years as a volunteer in the Garden’s Martha Crone Shelter which she called her “weekly ‘gift’ of mental relaxation and renewal.”. 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, she grew up enjoying the prairie wildflowers that were so abundant in the North Dakota countryside. Her favorites were the beautiful blue harebells and wild roses.
Gloria was 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. She a tutor for Minneapolis Public Schools for home-bound and hospital-bound students.
Gloria was a longtime member of the Richfield Garden Club and has participated in the Minneapolis Art Institute’s “Art in Bloom” event. As for - she once said of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden: “Most of all, the Garden is just good for the soul! There is no other place like it. … I call it heaven on earth.”
Her wish was that memorials would go to The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden.