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Gloria J. â€śButchâ€ť Glass, 80, of Columbia City, died at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at The Oaks, Columbia City where she had been a resident for the past 11 years.
She was born May 4, 1933, in Ashland, Ohio the daughter of the late Willard J. and Josephine M. (Homsher) Glass. Her formative years were spent in Ashland until the family moved to TriLakes, Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1951.
She completed a Bachelorâ€™s of Business Administration at Valparaiso University. During her college years, she worked as an operator for United Telephone.
She spent her work career with W.J. Glass Company, Columbia City as the General Administrator. She was a member of Tri Kappa and an avid supporter and assistant with the Columbia City Swim Team.
She is survived by her nephew, John Patrick Glass; sister-in-law, Jean Glass of Tampa, Fla. and caregivers, Carol (Ronnie) Harris of LaOtto and Julie (John) DeGood of Columbia City. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph W. Glass.
The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Rev. Curtiss Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the Whitley County Humane Society, Heartland Hospice or The Oaks Activity Department. Condolences may be sent at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.