Sunday, Jul. 13, 2014
GLORIA GYLLBERG BOND Dec 13, 1929 - June 25, 2014
Gloria Gyllberg Bond passed away Wednesday afternoon 25 June 2014 at her residence at the Good Samaritan in Olathe after spending the morning with friends. She was laid to rest at Olathe Memorial Cemetary with the gathering of friends and family to wish her well on June 7th. Gloria was born in Pomona, California on 13 December 1929 to Audrea James of Washington State, and Martin Gyllberg of Harnos, Sweden. She was the youngest of two girls. She and her older sister Sylvia remained best friends the whole of their lives. She grew up in Pomona and attended Pomona High School and later attended Pomona Junior College where she studied to be a dental assistant. In 1949 she married Charles Bond of Burbank California, an Air Force pilot. She bore him two sons, Steven in 1952 and Timothy in 1956. She loved being the wife of an Air Force officer traveling across the county making a home for her family in cities and outposts throughout for 18 years. Their career moved them from southern and northern California, to Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and eventually to Redondo Beach, California. In 1966 she divorced Charles and became a working single mom raising her two boys, seeing them through high school and university. She worked as the practice manager of a dental office and later for Hughes Aircraft. In 1979 she her met her life companion, Wendell, who she lived with until his death in 1991. Together, they enjoyed their retirement taking tropical vacations and ocean cruises. After Wendy passed away, she moved to Shawnee-Mission Kansas, and eventually to Olathe to be close to her Son Timothy and his family, to be the grandma to Drew and Katie, a role she loved very much. She belonged to the Episcopal Church. In Kansas she was a member of the Tabitha Foundation, and worked part-time as a elder-helper and personal assistant. In the last decade of their lives she and Charles became friends again and spoke and wrote to each other often until his death in 2010. She is remembered for her zest for life, and her generosity, her love of opera and music. She was a kind, considerate, and a caring, devoted friend and mother. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Sylvia, and by her son Timothy. She is survived by her son Steven of Santa Cruz, CA and grand children Andrew and Kathleen of Olathe, KS, her niece Karen and grand niece Cyndi of Palm Springs, CA.