Gloria L.  Johnson

Gloria Leila Johnson, age 89, a longtime resident of Perch Lake Township, Carlton County, died peacefully Wednesday, September 15, 2021, in Chris Jensen Health Center. She was born December 14, 1931, in Long Beach, California to Ernest Cruz and Carmen Romo. Gloria graduated from Palmer High School in Palmer, Alaska. She was united in marriage to John E. Gleason and after his death, she married Robert O. Johnson on May 2, 1960. Throughout her working career, Gloria was employed at the Elmendorf Airbase in Anchorage, Alaska in the Resident Engineers Office, a cleaner for 15 years at Big Lake Golf Course, a home health aide for Carlton County, and a kitchen aide for the Fond du Lac Reservation; but most importantly, she was devoted to her family. Gloria was known as a fiercely independent person and a survivor. She was courageous and met challenges from the death of two husbands and one infant son. She inspired others with her optimistic outlook on life. Gloria was thoughtful and caring, known to reach out to those who were down and out. She was a loving daughter, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. During her life, she enjoyed good conversation, sewing, gardening, walking, and close friendships. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, John E. Gleason and Robert O. Johnson; and infant son, Larry Dale Gleason. She is survived by her daughters, Lora (David) Eames, Diana (David) Pritchard, Donna (Richard) Price, and Chryl (Lyman) Sexton; brother, Kelly Wright, Jr.; sister, Barbara (Bob) Lacher; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Evening visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. Services will continue Friday, October 15, with a 10:00 a.m. visitation until the 11:00 a.m. memorial service also at the funeral home. A luncheon will follow in the Fellowship Room. Burial will be held in the Perch Lake Cemetery. To leave an online condolence for the family, visit the guestbook at

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