Our loving mother peacefully slipped through the veil to be greeted by her eternal companion, and family and friends November 25, 2022, while residing in Lakewood, Colorado. She was born in Cambridge, Minnesota, April 14, 1932, to Leonard and Cecilia Linder, the 3rd of six children. She was a pure Swede red hair and all. Gloria married her special companion and friend December 16, 1950, Thomas W. McLean, having met on a Greyhound bus while she was traveling from Minnesota to her sister’s home in California. The marriage was later solemnized in the Ogden LDS Temple. They shared so many of life’s ups and downs together.
Gloria taught Primary and loved the time she served as a temple worker in the Denver LDS Temple. While living in an assisted care center in Lakewood, she met a lady who became a best friend. Mom had the wonderful experience of helping to introduce her friend to the gospel and seeing her join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Mom was never happier than when she could be in the mountains hunting and camping with her sons. She provided us with plenty of material for legendary stories of her exploits. She grew up in a family where fishing was a passion, and she never lost her love of being out on one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes with her dad or brothers. Fishing on one of her trips back home was always a highlight. Mom had a listening ear and a heart big enough to share. She was game for a wrestling match with her rambunctious sons. Teaching us to dance the polka or the swing was always an unrealized goal no matter how old we got. She counted each new grandchild or great grandchild as a pure treasure.
Gloria was a people person. She loved working and running Harman’s Kentucky Fried Chicken Stores. She loved meeting and greeting her customers. For more than thirty years she greeted and served the people who passed through KFCs doors. Her proudest day at work was when she received her own store to manage.
Gloria is survived by her sons, Robert (Vonda); Wallace; John (Myrlene); Thomas (Michelle); and her daughter Melanie (Brad) Thompson; 22 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters Willette D. Engstrom and Jean D Reineccius, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with family Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the mortuary prior to the service.
Interment, Clearfield City Cemetery