HANNIBAL – Gloria Hollis Broun, 88 of St. Louis, is scheduled to receive an honor as one of 11 “Ageless Remarkable St. Louisians” on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Broun is a Hannibal native who graduated from high school in 1949 and left town to begin schooling as a nurse. She still keeps up on some hometown happenings from her sister and brother-in-law Lera and Robert Mosely, who still live in Hannibal.
“You never dream that at this age someone is going to come along and give you such an honor,” Broun said.
In addition to her time as a nurse and teacher at St. Louis, Broun was involved with the St. Louis University Hospital Auxiliary for decades and was president when the group was dissolved in 2016. She also was a volunteer who delivered flowers through a pair of hospitals.
“They knew me as the flower lady,” Broun said.
The wife of a doctor, Broun put her career on hold until her six children were raised. She received her masters degree when she was 50.
“I was an usher at the Fox Theater for many years, which was a fun thing. I spent a lot of time in the Missouri Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association and went back and forth to Washington for a lot of years,” Broun said.
St. Andrew's Charitable Foundation of St. Louis selected Broun as one of the top volunteers and leaders in the city and was set to honor the award winners at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch on Saturday.