OBITUARY

Gloria Calhoun

March 10, 1924September 26, 2012

Gloria Davila Calhoun, age 88, of Britton, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, under the loving care of her daughter at Presbyterian Village North of Dallas, Texas. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, John “Leslie” Calhoun, in 1997. She is survived by her loving daughter, Cindy Calhoun, of Dallas, Texas and her son John Charles Calhoun (Jacqueline) of Clarklake, Michigan, Grandsons John R. Calhoun (Erika) of Britton, MI, Nathan C. Calhoun (Elizabeth) of Clarklake, MI and Preston Roll, of Dallas, Texas. Gloria also enjoyed the company of her six great-grandchildren John, Alicia and Kayla Calhoun of Jonesville, MI, Joshua and Lucas Calhoun of Clarklake, MI and Blake Calhoun of Britton. Gloria met John Leslie Calhoun while she was attending business school in Laredo, Texas, where he was an Army Air Corps Flight Instructor during World War II. They were married in Mexico City, Mexico, on September 2, 1946, and settled on the Calhoun Family Farm in Tecumseh, Michigan, where she took on the role of farmer’s wife and mother. She became a member of the Raisin Presbyterian Church in Britton, MI and served as a Ruling Elder for many years. Gloria and Leslie later built Calhoun International Airport on their farm. Gloria served as Co-owner and Business Manager of the airport and Calhoun School of Aviation, where she was ever the cheerful, fun loving eternal optimist. Returning to school in the US, Gloria received her Bachelors of Philosophy Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Sienna Heights College in 1964 and her Master’s of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan (Magna Cum Laude) in 1968, where she also completed her Doctorial studies. She was a member of many intellectual and Literary Honor Societies, including being listed in the International Who’s Who of Intellectuals. She enjoyed teaching in Tecumseh Public Schools, Tecumseh, MI, Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, MI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, University of Texas at Dallas, TX and served as consultant on the Advanced Placement Committee at Princeton University, NJ for over twenty years. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. She taught not only Spanish, but also the important values in life. Her lifelong motto was, “It doesn’t matter how hard you fall; it is how you pick yourself up from the fall that matters.” She practiced that motto through the guidance she gave to students and non–students alike. Gloria truly felt that there was no such thing as a bad kid. Following Gloria’s request to be cremated, a celebration of her life will be held in Tecumseh, Michigan next spring, allowing ample time for immediate family and extended family to make arrangements. Gloria requested that any memorial donations be sent to the Raisin Presbyterian Church. Please send to the attention of John Calhoun, 440 Oakwood, Clarklake, MI 49234.

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April 20, 2015

I was one of Gloria's many student teachers at Pioneer High School. She was an excellent teacher who had a great influence on my career as a Spanish teacher. She embraced not only the Spanish language and literature, but her students as well. They adored her. I am so sad to read of this and so sorry for your loss.

Emily Serafa Manschot

April 20, 2015

I was one of Gloria's many student teachers at Pioneer High School. She was an excellent teacher who had a great influence on my career as a Spanish teacher. She embraced not only the Spanish language and literature, but her students as well. They adored her. I am so sad to read of this and so sorry for your loss.

Maria Rosa McCabe

October 31, 2012

Gloria Calhoun was the teacher all kids should have in their school history. She was tough, loving, funny, encouraging,, etc. etc.

She was a good friend, a compassionate peer, she was the best I have ever seen in my life. The world is better because of Gloria.

I'll miss her!!! Te echo de menos, querida Gloria,

Maria Rosa McCabe

Brenda McKinney

October 27, 2012

Dearest Cindy and family, my prayers have been with you since your mother's passing. I have never known a more loving and caring person than Gloria. Every time I would see her she had a smile on her face and a kind word to share. She was a blessing to all that knew her. It seems strange that she is not here with us physically, but I truly believe her spirit will always be with us. Rest in peace, beautiful Gloria. We love you, Brenda McKinney

October 22, 2012

Thinking of all of you! Thanks goodness for the memories! Rest in Peace Gloria!

Bryan Amstutz

Monica Stevens

October 12, 2012

Aunt Gloria will be sorely missed. Her energy and sense of humor kept us going when we most needed it. She was so much fun and we shared family stories every time we were together and laughed so much! She hosted my husband Colin when we first moved to Michigan, and she was a loving and caring Great-Aunt to my children. Thank you, Aunt Gloria! You will not be forgotten!

October 9, 2012

Cindy & family - our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Wish we had known Gloria was in the Dallas area - we have missed all of you so much.
Guy & Debbie Spalding - Jamie & Petra Mowrey & family

Mills

October 4, 2012

Our heartfelt condolences to you Cindy, Preston and your entire family on the loss of your Mom, Gloria. I remember meeting Gloria years ago, and each time we went to your home, Gloria radiated a kind, gentle and loving spirit. She was certainly a gentle soul, and I know she left this world from the hands of her loving family with joy, into the loving presence of the Lord.
May you and your family find comfort from the healing hand of God during this difficult time. Keeping each of you and your family in our prayers. Frank, Terri & Stephen

Suzanne Wade

October 4, 2012

Depest condolences, Cindy, on the loss of your dear Mom. I met her at Preston's 8th grade graduation and remember how lovely she was. She was so blessed to have you as her daughter. Prayers for you and your family.

October 4, 2012

Cindy, our hearts go out to you, Preston and your family during this difficult time and in the days ahead. May the love and prayers of family and friends comfort you.
Diane and Alex Ponzio