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    Oklahoma City, Okla. - Gloria Elizabeth Wilson, formerly of Thief River Falls and Chanhassen, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 in Oklahoma City at the age of 65.
    A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at the Evergreen Eating Emporium, 700 Highway 32 South, Thief River Falls.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
    Gloria was born Nov. 25, 1947 to Jim C. Taylor and Mary Royalty Taylor in Oklahoma City, OK.  She graduated in 1966, from Harding High School and was accepted into stewardess school for United Airlines. She flew with United for two years, working cross-country routes.  In 1969, she married Clyde Fessler of Sheboygan, Wis., and their son Derek was born.
    Gloria and Clyde moved to Thief River Falls in 1971 as Clyde took a job with Arctic Enterprises. Gloria and Clyde divorced in 1972.  She moved back to Thief River Falls and in 1975, married Sandy Wilson of Thief River Falls.
    In 1983, Gloria gave birth to a baby girl, Jessica Elizabeth Wilson.
    Gloria and Sandy separated in 1993, but remained friends.
    Gloria worked at Mr. Duane’s and Swanson Travel in Thief River Falls.  She also volunteered frequently. She was an inaugural member of the Touchdown Club in Thief River Falls, the high school football booster club. She was active in the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Top Hot Concert Review, Thief River Concert Association, Community Arts Council, and a volunteer at Northrup Elementary.  She most recently volunteered for the Humane Society two days a week in Oklahoma City.
    In 1994, Gloria graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Northland Community College. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa.  It was one of her proudest moments as an adult.
    Gloria was an engaging and dynamic part of Thief River Falls for many years.  She had countless friends who loved being with her.  She was passionate about music.  Some of her favorites were Stevie Wonder, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Sarah Vaughn, Diana Washington, and Pablo Cruise.
    Gloria was a fantastic cook, creating dishes that were unique to Thief River Falls in the 1970s and 1980s. In relationships, people remember Gloria as someone who was genuinely interested in other people and always making others feel welcome in her home.  She was a consummate entertainer and made each event memorable for her guests.  Her friends remember her as a very classy woman.
    Gloria was extremely proud of her Oklahoma roots.  She never lost her ‘Southern Belle” appeal, accent, or charm.  During college football season, “Boomer Sooner”, the University of Oklahoma school fight song, was sung frequently around the house.
    Gloria saved her biggest smiles and proudest moments for her children and grandchildren.  She dedicated her life to raising her kids. She gave love, guidance, energy, passion, and most of all, her commitment to her children.  As a grandmother, Gloria had a unique ability to connect with her grandchildren, playing with the grandkids in their games, stories, and activities. She called them her “grandbabies”, another word she learned from her years in Oklahoma.
    Gloria expressed a desire to return to Oklahoma someday. She got her wish when she moved back to Oklahoma City in 2011.  She reconnected and celebrated with many relatives, including her sister, Rosemary.
    Survivors include husband Sandy Wilson of Thief River Falls; son Derek Fessler and wife Kathy of Denver, Colo.; daughter Jessica Wilson and boyfriend Shawn Johnson of Thief River Falls; stepdaughter, Natalie Obee and husband Brock of St. Paul; stepson, Stan Wilson and wife Christina of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Dono­van, Xander and Lorelei Fessler, all of Denver, Colo.; sister Rosemary Bowlby and husband Jon of Oklahoma City, Okla.; niece Lynn Bleeker and husband Joel of West Des Moines, Iowa; niece Jennifer McElroy and husband Jeff of Oklahoma City, Okla.; nephew, Mark Bowlby  and wife Erin of Irving, Texas; and many great nieces and nephews.
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