Gloria M. Ayshford

May 16, 1927 ~ March 6, 2022 (age 94)


Gloria Mable June (Kvam) Ayshford, 94, of Champlin, MN, formerly a Stewartville, MN, resident, passed away of natural causes at home surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, March 6, 2022.A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, July 30th at 10:30 a.m., at the Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, MN. Due to warm weather, guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and an umbrella.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Myrtle (Hebranson) Kvam, her husband, Alvin Loren Ayshford, her siblings Donald Torgenrud, Phyllis Wiltfang, Joseph Kvam, and Roger Kvam. Gloria is survived by her sister Patricia Hoehn of Champlin, MN, and her brother, Frank Kvam of Hudson, WI, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Gloria married Al on October 20, 1946 at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville, MN. Following their marriage the couple farmed in rural Stewartville for several years. Later they moved to St.Paul, MN, where Gloria established a career in the accounting department at the General Motors Co. 

Following their retirement, Gloria and Al moved to a hobby farm in River Falls, WI. Then in 1996 they moved again to Hot Springs, AR, for health reasons. After Al’s death in 2013, the following year Gloria returned to MN, and made her home with her best friend and devoted sister Pat, until the time of her passing.
Gloria was truly a wonder, a lover and champion of animals, she enjoyed nature, music and art. And at nearly 95 years of age, she was a loyal basketball fan of the Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves, however Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors was her most favorite player! She was sharp as a tack and kept up with current events. She was often overwhelmed by the hate and divisiveness in today’s world, however she remained hopeful for change. She prayed often for humanity and will continue to watch over us all. She is dearly missed.

 Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Gloria are welcome at
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be forwarded to one of the following entities, all of which were dear to Gloria’s heart.

Como Park & Conservatory
By Mail: Como Friends / 1225 Estabrook Dr. / St. Paul, MN  55103
International Owl Center
By Mail: International Owl Center / PO Box 536 / Houston, MN  55943
National Eagle Center
By Mail: National Eagle Center / Attn: Donations / 50 Pembroke Ave. S. / Wabasha, MN  55981

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