Gloria Gurr was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, January 14, 1924, to Lester Raymond Gardiner and Sarah Lucille Kener.
She married Kenyon Robb Gurr December 21, 1942, just before Kenyon was called to active duty in the Air Force. Their happy marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
Gloria and Kenyon raised three daughters: Marsha (Kent) Richards, Corinne (Bradd) Hayes, and Leslie Rae (Gilbert) Jennings. Her family is grateful for her good life and mourns her passing on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in St. George at the age of 91.
Daughters, sons-in-law, 17 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren remember Gloria’s petite beauty, her busy hands, her deep brown eyes, her once rich brown hair now turned white, and her encouraging words.
As an exemplary wife and mother, Gloria cared for her home and family with nurturing love and singular devotion. She followed and supported her husband in his World War II deployments and his many subsequent responsibilities, and has longed to be with him again.
She guided her daughters with intuitive wisdom and values. She sewed school and Easter dresses for them and passed along homemaking skills which continue to bless her large family whose photos adorned her home. Gloria’s signature “Poor Man” cupcakes, potato salad and lemon birthday cakes were holiday offerings along with carefully chosen cards and wrapped gifts. “Mother” and “Grandma” were her queenly titles.
Her family thanks her for her legacy, praises her for her constancy, and hopes for her forever happiness. “Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates” (Proverbs 31:31).
Gloria is preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Helen Lucille (John) Eldredge. She is survived by her brother Lester Raymond (Janet) Gardiner Jr. and by her large posterity.
- Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. at the 16th ward building, 550 E. 700 South, St. George.
- A viewing will be Monday, 9:30–10:30 a.m. prior to services at the chapel.
- Interment will take place in the St. George City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, 435-673-2454.