Obituary of Gloria V. Kershner
Gloria V. Kershner, of Grass Valley, passed away peacefully on Nov. 12, 2014, of natural causes at the age of 88, surrounded by family and friends.
A memorial service will be held for her 89th birthday at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at Sierra Friends Center, 13075 Woolman Lane in Nevada City (off Jones Bar Rd.). For further information, please contact Tad Kershner at 425-941-4877.
A resident of Grass Valley since 1969, she left her mark on her beloved county in many ways.
She was an active member of Grass Valley Friends’ Meeting (Quakers), serving on numerous committees and journeying all over the country as a frequent representative to other Quaker organizations.
She was a founding member of the Grub Club, which went on to become Briar Patch Co-Op.
She worked with Sequoia Challenge on raising money and campaigning to establish the Independence Trail, the first wheelchair accessible wilderness trail in the country. She was active in the formation of Hospice of the Foothills, where she spent her final days enjoying the birds sing and the fragrance from the rose garden.
A teacher for 47 years, she ran Rainbow Ridge Children’s Center in Grass Valley from 1977-1992. Many of her former students formed life-long friendships there and stayed close with her throughout her life.
Active in numerous social justice issues, she marched regularly with Grandmothers for Peace and co-facilitated outreach programs in prisons throughout California with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP).
Forever adventurous, in her 50s she spent a week backpacking the Grand Canyon, and in her 60s trekked by train through Europe and enjoyed white water rafting. In her 70s, she loved sledding with her family and traveling through Costa Rica and New Zealand.
She continued her regular train trips to visit her family in Washington and New York State well into her 80s. Her love of travel took her to 46 of the 50 states and seven countries, and she passed on her love of nature and of life to everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her sister Dorothy, 92, of Cobleskill New York, her son Tad and grandson Lucas, of Seattle, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations in her name to the American Friends Service Committee or Hospice of the Foothills.
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