Gloria Wilkinson, 72

Gloria Mae Nyberg Wilkinson, age 72, beloved wife of 50 years to James Wilkinson, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at her residence in South Carolina.

Born in Cokato, Gloria was a daughter of the late Clyde Elmer Nyberg and Harriet Lucille Westerberg Nyberg.

She taught school for over 30 years, retiring from Sumter School District 17 in South Carolina after more than 20 years. During her teaching career, she taught special needs children, elementary school, and also middle school.

An active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sumter, SC, Gloria was a member of the Wesley Sunday school class. She was also a member of the local chapter of the PEO.

Gloria’s true joy in life was spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered as a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend; and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, James; two sons, Brian Wilkinson and his wife, Betsy, and Jeff Wilkinson and his wife Jacqui, all of South Carolina; and four grandchildren, Matthew, Jacob, Jordan, and Jackson.

In addition to her parents, Gloria was preceded in death by her sister, June Freund.

A funeral service will take place Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sumter, SC, with the Rev. David Day officiating. There will be a private family burial Monday, Feb. 18 at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery.

The family has requested that memorials be made, in Gloria’s name, to Aldersgate UMC, 211 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.

Arrangements are with the Bullock Funeral Home in Sumter, SC; guest book can be found at www.bullockfuneralhome.com.

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