Gloria Jean Tawes

September 25, 1925 - March 08, 2013

Gloria Jean Tawes

September 25, 1925 - March 08, 2013


Gloria Jean (Hubbard) Tawes passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on 3/8/2013 at the age of 87. She was preceded in death by two infant sons; her loving husband, Richard S. Tawes, in 2008; her sister Joyce Smith; and her brother Jack Hubbard.

Mrs. Tawes had been a lifelong resident of Whatcom County. She was born September 25, 1925 to Dewey and Hazel Hubbard. She married her long-time sweetheart, Richard, on November 24, 1945. Together they had a son, Richard L. Tawes, and the years that followed would prove to enrich their lives with the joy of having grandchildren; Shawndra Tawes of Bellingham, and Brent Tawes (wife Tonya) of Nampa, Idaho. This would even extend to having great-grandchildren; Brooke McKay-Tawes, and Raymond McKay-Tawes. By far, one of her lifes sweetest moments was when she became a great-great grandmother in 2009 to Charles, and again in 2011 to Jocelyn. Gloria would keep current with long phone conversations with her sister Donna Klander (husband Raymond) of Bellingham.

In her early years, Gloria was employed by the Pacific Northwest Bell and Gitts Red Top Floral. While her husband was still living, the two of them used to enjoy frequent camping trips. Even though Gloria was in her 80s, it came as no surprise to catch her gardening, or enjoying making beautiful knitted gifts for her family. She generously gave her time and energy to the community by volunteering at the Project Concern food bank. Gloria had many family members and friends in the community, and anyone who had the opportunity to get to know her on a personal level was always touched by the hospitality and kindness she showed. Thank you, Gloria, for all the love you graciously bestowed on all who knew you. You may share your thoughts and memories of Gloria in the online memorial guestbook at

Farewell Tribute Information

Services will be held on Friday, March 15th at 11am at Greenacres Memorial Park, 5700 Northwest Dr., Ferndale. Donations Information

Memorials may be made to Whatcom Hospice, The American Heart Association, or a charity of your choice.

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6 responses to Gloria Jean Tawes

  1. so sorry to hear of Gloria’s Kay ,Barbara, Jolie and our father Howard Turpin, and our mother Lorelle Turpin who passed 02/05/2011 have pleasent memories of lunch parties at our great-grand-mother’s Ellen Martin’s house and the fun times at Lake Whatcom, at Great uncle Clarence’s cabin with all the great aunts,uncles and aunts,uncles, and all the cousins Sincerely the Turpin family

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