Gloria S. Willie, age 84, of McHenry, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at her home.
She was born March 17, 1923 in Hartford, Kentucky to Coda and Emma (Smith) Casteel.
Previously of Buffalo Grove, Gloria moved to McHenry in 1996. She graduated Northeastern University of Chicago in 1966 with a bachelor of arts degree in primary education. She taught primary education in the Arlington Heights School District 25 for 20 years. After retirement she was a part-time senior aid and substitute teacher for McHenry Jr. High School District 15.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed knitting and needle crafts, loved golfing, spending time with family and friends and traveling to Tennessee, Florida and Wisconsin. She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, the McHenry Retired Teachers Association District 15 and Arlington Heights Retired Teachers Association District 25.
Survivors include a two children, Carol (John) Lee of McHenry, Donald (Meriwether) Willie of Dancyville, TN.; five grandchildren, Michael (Cyndie) Lee of Island Lake, Daniel (Kim) Lee of San Diego, CA., Robert Lee of Kalispell, Montana, Gloria (Craig) McStravick of Encinitas, CA., Michael (Carolina) Willie of Jackson, TN.; seven great grandchildren, Jonathan, Austin, Morgan, Jacob, Sophia, Merci, Sydni; and a brother, Donald (Margaret) Casteel.
She was preceded in death by her husband Russell Willie on March 15, 2003; her parents; and two sisters, Louise and Juanita.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2107 W. Lincoln Road, McHenry.
Inurnment will be in Ringwood Cemetery, Ringwood, IL.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to Faith Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements entrusted to the George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.justenfh.com