Gloria Mae Dettman passed peacefully in her sleep at the Edison Christian Health Center, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on December 11, 2019, at the age of 95. Born to William and Lula Beebe in 1924, Gloria grew up in Flint, Michigan. She and her family were in the Lincoln Park, Methodist Church. She developed a love of art and music early, and shared her special gift as an accomplished pianist, throughout her entire life. A graduate of Baker Business College, Gloria worked as an administrative manager for her father’s trucking company, Beebe Transfer, and later for a Medical Office, in Flint, Michigan. She later attended Adrian College, where she earned her teaching certificate and met her future husband, Carlton Keith Dettman of Cheboygan, Michigan. She married Carlton in 1951 after his graduation from the University of Michigan Medical School. She was married to Carlton for 65-years, until his death in 2016. Gloria joined her husband while he served as an Army Physician on posts in El Paso, Texas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. She worked during those years as a Kindergarten Teacher. Returning from Army service, she and her husband opened a medical practice in Montrose, Michigan. Gloria was the sole business manager of her husband’s medial practice and also administered a complex farm operation which included the raising crops along with the breeding, training, showing and sale of champion American Saddlebred horses. Gloria is survived by a sister, son, daughter, and grandchildren. She will be remembered for her gentleness and her constant expression of love for those who surrounded her. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Pine Hill Cemetery, in Cheboygan, Michigan.
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