Gloryann Koester, 80 of Allen, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.
Celebration of her life will be at Journey Christian Church in Wayne on Monday, May 15. Family will welcome and greet visitors from 10 - 11 a.m.; the Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. followed by lunch. There is no burial service.
Mohr Funeral Home of Ponca is in charge of the arrangements.
Gloryann (Isom) Koester celebrated her entrance to the world on Aug. 31, 1936 to her parents, Noel and Beatrice (Toots) Isom. Her dancing appointment with the angels was in the early morning hours of May 9, 2017. Gloryann was born and grew up on a farm west of a town she called, “Allen, Nebraska, USA.” She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s country church outside of Concord. She attended country school in a one-room school house outside of Allen. While unknown to her at the time, her school mate, Larry Paul Koester, ended up being her life-time mate thru their marriage on Nov. 2, 1951 in a private ceremony at the Lutheran Church in Laurel. In November of 2001 Larry and Glory renewed their vows in celebration of their 50th anniversary. This year they would have celebrated 66 years together.
In addition to working on farm and raising a family, she completed school and worked as a cosmetologist in Allen. Gloryann then moved on to a 33-year career as a skin care consultant and eventually an Executive National Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Her work took her to places across the country and earned her trips around the world, in addition to a pink Cadillac every two years. She has spent the past two years at Brookdale Senior Living uplifting the lives of other residents of the community.
Survivors include a sister, Gale Stalling, and brothers, Butch and Monte; husband, Larry; four children: D’vee Buss, Todd Koester, Stacee Milan and Bob Koester; along with six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Cards can be sent to the Koester Family c/o Brookdale Senior Living, 1500 Vintage Hill Drive, #32, Wayne, Neb. 68787. Memorials to the family will be dedicated to the family’s churches and the Koester Family Scholarship.