Obituary: Gloria Gay (Hirni) Crow
Gloria Gay (Hirni) Crow
A Memorial Service for Gloria Gay (Hirni) Crow of Exeter will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Smith Family Chapel in Exeter. Gloria Gay passed from earth to Heaven on Nov. 1, 2017.
She was born in Exeter, Calif. on Feb. 10, 1932 to Mark and Hulda Hirni. She lived her entire life in Exeter, growing up with her sister, Barbara, and brother, Mickey, on List Avenue. Her family bought a cabin at Hartland in 1933, where she spent every summer. Her parents bought a ’32 Studebaker so Mark could drive Hulda and the three children to the cabin after school was out for the summer. They had wonderful times at the “Cabin,” where it was cool, for those three months each summer before returning to Exeter.
As a young girl she excelled in dance and performed throughout the community at different functions. Her musical talents included her love of playing the piano and singing with her family. She was a member of the Rainbow Girls and was proudly named to a National Office of the National Masonic Organization. The Hirni families have been members of the Exeter United Methodist Church since 1946 where many special memories were made.
Gloria attended Lincoln School and graduated from Exeter Union High School in 1949. She received an associate of arts degree in business at College Of the Sequoias in 1951 where she learned shorthand that she never forgot. She married Bill Crow, her high school sweetheart, in 1952 and celebrated 59 years together until his passing in 2010.
They moved to San Luis Obispo where he attended Cal Poly and she worked for the U.S. Signal Corps as a stenographer at nearby Camp San Luis Obispo. Bill was drafted into the service during the Korean War. He was stationed at Fort Ord where she worked as a stenographer for the U.S. Government. When Bill returned from Korea in 1955 they moved to Eagle Point, Ore. where they managed a dairy. In 1956 they returned to Exeter before the birth of their first child, Cynthia; four years later their son Norman was born. In 1958 they bought property near Lemon Cove and moved to the country. After 20 years of working for the County of Tulare as an executive secretary to the director of planning, Gloria transferred to Kaweah Delta Hospital where she served as medical staff coordinator until retirement in 1986. She then worked for her brother, Mickey Hirni, at Sierra Western Agricultural Services in Exeter.
As Cindy and Norman showed an interest in horses and rodeo, she and Bill became supporters of the Sequoia Junior Cowboy’s Association working many long hours to make sure each rodeo would run smoothly. The family friendships that were made at the arena lasted a lifetime. She also loved being involved in her grandchildren’s sporting events. She was their No. 1 fan!
After their children finished college she and Bill enjoyed traveling. Their adventures took them to Alaska with Bill’s brother, Bob and wife Faith, several trips to Hawaii, two visits to England, Scotland and Wales with Harvey and Bobbie Ruth, and many cruises with lifelong friends, Augie and Carol Souza.
In recent years Gloria enjoyed playing bridge with the “Girls,” her monthly lunch dates with EUHS classmates, being a member of the EUHS Alumni Association, serving as the secretary for the Lemon Cove Women’s Club, and exercising each week with Kirby Mann. These groups brought joy to her every day.
Gloria was blessed with two fine children, Cynthia (Marty) Williamson, and Norman (Mary Ann) Crow; grandchildren Kelly (Paul), Jody, Erica (Billy), Taylor (Nicole) and Emily (Jonathan); great-grandchildren Avery, Caleb, Charlotte, Eloise and Beau; her sister Barbara Jean Hirni Cribbs of Visalia; and brother Mickey Hirni and wife Wilma Webster Hirni of Exeter; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gloria will always be remembered for her loving, caring and humorous spirit. She was one of a kind and her legacy will live on in everyone that she touched. It also brings her family comfort knowing that she loved God and she will live on with Him in Eternity. She is at peace!
The family wishes to thank the staff at both Manor House in Exeter and Magnolia Park in Visalia for their love and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to the Exeter United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made at smithfamilychapel.com.