Gloria Sena Bushman: Jan. 11, 1923 – July 17, 2019

Gloria Sena Bushman passed away on July 17, 2019, at her home at Narrows Glen in Tacoma, Wash., after a long and active life. Gloria was born on Jan. 11, 1923, to Frank and Mary Siegalkoff in Lodi, Calif., and was the fourth of eight children.

In 1941, she eloped with her high school sweetheart, Doyle Bushman, to Reno, Nev. Doyle served in the Marine Corps during WWII.

They resided in Lodi until 1949 when they moved to the Territory of Alaska. Gloria lived in Alaska until 1978, the year her husband Doyle retired. They lived in Fairbanks, Yakutat and, for many years, Anchorage.

After Doyle’s retirement from FAA, they moved to Whidbey Island and later to Tacoma to be near their family.

Gloria was an excellent seamstress and cook, excelling in the domestic arts.

As a talented craftsperson, she sold her crafts through a local shop. She was a woman of many talents who always put her husband and family first.

Being a friendly, active person, Gloria belonged to many organizations, including the Anchorage Women’s Club and Anchorage Garden Club, and volunteered at a local hospital and at Alaska Crippled Children’s Association shop.

Gloria enjoyed sports and was a prizewinning bowler and golfer, as well as avid fisherwoman. She and Doyle were members at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club during their 30 years on Whidbey Island.

She is predeceased by her husband Doyle Bushman.

Gloria is survived by her sister Shirley Culbertson and sister-in-law Jeanne Paoletti, both of Lodi, Calif. Also, she is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Robert Manning, of Anchorage, and Claudia and Lynn Ellsworth, of Tacoma. She left behind grandchildren Christine Taylor (James), Alyson Stebbins (Micki), Michael Manning and Adam Ellsworth, and five great grandsons.

The family will gather for a celebration of Gloria’s life in September.

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