MacRae, Gloria was born in Empress, Alberta, Canada on July 4, 1926. After graduating from high school (in a class of one), Gloria moved with her family to Calgary, Alberta. Gloria moved to the U.S. to pursue her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Texas, and then worked as a research assistant for a pharmaceutical company in Philadelphia. During that time, she became interested in Social Work and decided to make a career change, enrolling in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Minnesota. After graduating, she spent six months traveling the globe. When she returned, she began her work for Ramsey County and then Anoka State Hospital, working with children, adolescents, and mentally ill adults. In 1990, she retired, and became her church's official social worker (with a salary of $2 a year). She also volunteered to teach conversational English for many years. And, most dear to heart, she became involved in Mano a Mano, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing health care and public-health education to impoverished Bolivian communities. Over the years, Gloria raised enough money to build 2 clinics in Bolivia: Clinica Gloria I and Clinical Gloria II. Gloria's mantra was "Life is good", and she certainly lived life to the fullest. She leaves behind her nieces, Brenda (Dale) and Sandra (Rick), as well as many great nieces and nephews, and one great-great niece. She also leaves behind many friends who consider her an incredible blessing in their lives. Please join us for a Memorial Service on June 17, 1:00 PM at Macalester Plymouth United Church. Live streaming available through the church's website. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gloria's name may be sent to: Mano a Mano International, 925 Pierce Butler Route, St Paul, MN 55104. manoamano.org
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