Gloria Crouch

LATHROP, Mo. Gloria Tospon Crouch, 67, of Lathrop, went to be with the Lord on April 17, 2018.

She resided in Lathrop. She also lived in Port Townsend, Washington, and Hotchkiss, Colorado. Gloria was loved by all that knew her. She had a heart of gold. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

As a young girl, she grew up in St. Joseph. For a short time, she lived in Austria while her father studied medicine. She graduated from Central High School.

She later graduated from Missouri Western State College with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Psychology. She worked in youth crisis and the Sunshine Center for drug and alcohol rehab.

Gloria spent a life of volunteering. She served as vice president, secretary, treasurer of the Heartland Hospital Womens Guild, March of Dimes - Mothers March Chairman. Additional roles she served at Hawthorne Elementary PTA as secretary, historian, treasurerand publicity chairman; Central High School Booster for four years; she spent countless hours working with CAWS-animal rescue in Colorado and worked closely with MShoogys animal rescue in Savannah, Missouri.

Her hobbies and interests included: baking, gardening, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, skiing, cooking, hiking, dance workout classes and traveling around the world. She cherished most her family and friends and loved spending time with them.

She is survived by: her loving, caring and devoted husband, Roger, who she was with for over 30 years.

Surviving children are Victoria (Rickel) Criswell and William Criswell, of Alamo, California, Thomas and Amanda Rickel, of St. Joseph, Roslie (Crouch) Sission and Pete Sission, of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren, William Criswell VI, Carson Criswell, Tyler Criswell, Dominic Merr, Allie Sission and Mimi Sission.

Gloria is also survived by her sisters, Claudia (Tospon) Heggestad and Gene Heggestad, of St. Joseph, Laverne (Tospon) Shell and Vaugn Shell, of Carmichael, California.

Gloria is preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Dale Tospon and father, Dr. Hooker Tospon.

Graveside services: 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Lathrop Cemetery.

Arrangements by: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Missouri. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.