1929 – 2015

HARVEST, Ala. — Gloriane A. Perrier, 85, passed away Saturday, March 7, surrounded by family.

She was born in Lewiston on March 21, 1929, the daughter of the late Philias and Alma (Gosselin) Perrier. She was graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of 1949.

Gloriane then went to Washington, D.C., and became a secretary at the Department of the Army and served in the capacity until her retirement in 1983.

Glo found her true calling for athletics and adventure, which included both aviation and competitive sports, including softball, basketball, speed skating, bowling and Olympic flat water kayaking.

Gloriane competed in the 1960 Rome Olympics and won a silver medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in the 500 meter doubles flat water sprints.

Always a competitor, she never, ever quit no matter how difficult the circumstances.

She was a remarkable person who also taught herself to ride a Harley-Davidson Road King Classic at the age of 73. She was skilled enough to ride cross country twice and even rode into Nova Scotia, Canada.

She is survived by her loving sister, Therese Perrier; her godchild, Ginny Saffelle Kennedy. She leaves many friends throughout the United States, Europe and her Olympic family.

Gloriane made Alabama her home for the last 35 years with her friend, Deb Magee, and their beloved basset hounds.

She is predeceased by two brothers; Marcel and Conrad Perrier.

Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com.

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