Gloria Ann Pickering
1949 - 2019
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March 3, 1949 ˜ June 2, 2019

Gloria Ann Pickering (nee Cretcher) passed away due to complications related to ALS on June 2, 2019. She grew up in Yuba City, CA, the daughter of Juliana and Harold Cretcher. Gloria graduated from UC Santa Barbara and moved to the northwest as a young woman.
Gloria married Edwin Pickering in 1985. The couple bought property in Vancouver, WA where they raised two sons, Marcus and Steven, as well as a smattering of sheep, chickens, and dogs.
Gloria was a beautiful spirit who enjoyed crosswords, adventures, and a good gin and tonic. She worked for Multnomah County in information services until her retirement in 2007. With her quick wit and relaxed demeanor, she cultivated a large and loving group of friends. She spent countless hours sewing quilts for loved ones and Project Linus.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by her sons, Steven and Marcus Pickering; sister, Dianne Danielson; brother, William Cretcher; sister-in-law, Lois Ruskell; as well as several nieces and nephews, friends, and her beloved dog, Duchess.
There will be a celebration of life on Sun., June 30th at the Red Cross Building, 605 Barnes St., Vancouver, WA 98661 from 11:30 2:30p.m. We will be honoring her memory with the bright colors and good company that she loved.
For those who wish, contributions can be made to the ALS Association or a charity of choice.
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Published in The Columbian on Jun. 16, 2019.
Celebration of Life
11:30 - 02:30 PM
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June 25, 2019
Nancy Orndorff
June 25, 2019
Nancy Orndorff
June 18, 2019
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
June 16, 2019
I will miss Gloria. I met her at LA Fitness and suggested she join me at Zumba classes. I really enjoyed our time together at swimming and Zumba. She had such spirit and always an interesting topic to discuss. I admired her many interests in life and sharing of many good reads. She was a special individual.
Cathy Stutz
June 16, 2019
I will miss that magical laugh, her kind thoughtfulness and ready wit. We always had so much fun together and shared some great adventures - everything from ziplining to wine tasting forays in California. It is so hard to lose such a good friend.
Marc, Stephen, Dianne and family, my heart goes out to you. Gloria was such a bright light - she will truly be missed.
Jane Coleman
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