Gloria Edward’s love affair with cows began at the age of six with one good ol’ Gurnsey: ‘Beauty Boss’. She grew up on a 40 acre farm in Silverdale, WA and her wise Grandma Annie Vig thought the family needed a milk cow, because “if you had milk and eggs, the family would never go hungry.” So Beauty Boss joined the family and little Gloria was hooked.
She received her first registered Guernsey calf when she was eight years old, ‘New Haven Princess Sunglow’ and joined the local 4-H group. She showed for many years at local and state fairs.
Gloria’s parents worked off farm but built a Raw Milk Dairy (Hour Forty) so she and her sister ran it. Her parents divorced in 1966 and sadly the cows had to leave. That same year Gloria was on the WA State Dairy judging team in Waterloo, Iowa - a once in a lifetime trip she will never forget.
She still owned her favourite cow ‘Promise’ when she married her high-school friend and serviceman, city-born-and-bred husband David Edwards. Their mutual friend had a dairy and Dave was hooked. Together Dave and Gloria bought the family farm and started the business as Mountain View Meadows. They sold milk on the farm, at health food stores and home deliveries.
With only only 11-acres, there was limited opportunity for diversification and long term sustainability. So, in 1979 the Edwards sold their little farm and bought a 118-acre dairy in Grays Harbor County.
The Edwards continued to show their cows at local and state fairs with their three kids: Zena, Jerome and Jason. They sold the dairy cows in 1998 on Gloria’s 50th birthday. This was a tough decision and one she has long regretted. Dave worked at the local gravel yard while she raised Holstein replacement heifers. It wasn’t long before they started their beef herd.
Gloria joined the WA State Dairy Women in 1984 and the next year her daughter Zena was crowned the WA State Dairy Ambassador. Years later, her granddaughter Eryn followed in Zena’s footsteps and held the same title. Gloria, still a valued fixture in the programme, currently serves as the Financial /Event Director.
David and Gloria have three children, six grand children and one great granddaughter... another future dairy ambassador hopeful?
This energetic woman wanted to try something different in her life and was excited to be hired at the WA State Dairy Federation as an advocate for the dairy industry in the WA state government.
In other words, still working with cows, but in a different manner.
She continued to work at the Federation as office manager until 2010. Gloria still gets her cow fix by raising certified organic grass fed beef, selling locally to individuals.
Over the years Gloria has added many unique chapters to her story but always returned to her first love - cows. She can’t help but modify the lyrics of a country song with a smile, “I have been a cow girl for over 60 years, that’s my story and I am sticking to it.”
What an amazing AgWomen journey you have been on Gloria. We love how you’ve always managed to steer your way back to what you love doing!