Glen Ola Gorsche was born February 8, 1926, in Augusta, Iowa, to Albert and Helen (Hunter) Gorsche, the oldest of a family of 11 children. She entered her heavenly rest on August 26, 2020, in Muscatine, Iowa.
Growing up, Glen Ola attended Keithsburg and Bluffdale country schools in Illinois. She married John Marion Boyd in 1942 and they had a daughter, Marion Ilona. Glen Ola and John Marion later parted ways. She married Russell Ray in 1946 and they became parents of three sons, Charles Russell, Glen Gerald (Jerry), and Roger Duane. She and Russell later divorced. Glen Ola married Richard Lee in 1966.
Over her lifetime, Glen Ola was a homemaker, excellent cook, and worked at the Burlington, Iowa, hospital, Sickel’s Laundry in Burlington, and for Henderson County (Illinois) Home Health. Her family, including siblings and their families, were important to her. Glen Ola enjoyed reading and collecting recipes, watching westerns, playing bingo, and family reunions. She was a woman of faith.
Glen Ola was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Helen Gorsche, stepfather Ed Huss, Sr., a stillborn child, daughter Marion Ilona Stout, husband Richard Lee, and siblings Jerry Lee, Jim, Clayton, Nate, and Lyle Huss, along with sisters Gladys, Georgia Kenny, and Gail Furnald.
Glen Ola is survived by sons Charles (Becky) Ray of Burlington, Iowa, Jerry (Thu) Ray of Texas, and Roger (Ann) Ray of Early, Iowa. She is also survived by grandchildren Dollie (Brad) Bothwell, Brian (Daysi) Ray, Greg (Terra) Ray, Matt Ray, Andy Ray, Kevin Ray, Tracy (Bryce) Neal, and Rebecca Ray along with ten great grandchildren, and one great great grandson. Other survivors include siblings Ed Huss, Jr., and Geneva Stewart, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Stepson Rick (Sue) Lee of DuBois, Wyoming, and their children and families also survive her.
A Graveside Funeral Service for Glen Ola Lee is planned for 2:30 PM on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the Biggsville Township Cemetery. No visitation is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be used at the family’s discretion to honor Glen Ola.
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