Gloria was born on Valentine's Day in 1925, the daughter of William Johnson Howard and Lenore Perkins.
She was born in the family home in Standardville, Utah. As a child she lived in Latuda, Mutual, Raines, and Spring Canyon in Carbon County. Mom met her "GI" in Latuda, Utah on a bright day in 1942. Within six months they were married, unfortunately he soon left for Europe and World War II. During the war she waited and worried about dad, just as thousands of others of "The Greatest Generation" had to do.
Early in her marriage Mom and Dad moved to Sunnyside, Utah. Mom was actively involved in many activities. She was the PTA president at Petersen Elementary School for more years than we can remember. She was a room mother every year. During that time she always took special care to make all of us the nicest Valentine Day card boxes any children ever had. She always had us actively involved in activities. She carried a petition around Sunnyside to get East Carbon High School built. She was active in the Bookcliff Social Club in Sunnyside and continues to be a member of Naomi Chapter 13, Order of Eastern Star, where she held many offices.
A number of things stand out about Gloria. Her support of her children, the special devotion she gave dad in his last very difficult years and her efforts at her own self-improvement. She was a proud woman with strong determination. This came from her pioneer stock. Her great, great grandmother entered Salt Lake Valley on July 29, 1947. The best example of this determination is when she returned to school to earn her nursing degree. This was a courageous effort for a person who had not attended school since junior high school. She completed the program and became a licensed practical nurse, graduating near the top of her class. She worked at the University of Utah Medical Center, the Veteran's Administration Hospital, and Doxey Hatch Medical Center.
Her devotion to dad during very difficult times cannot be measured or described. None of us realize the sacrifice she made to provide him with care during his last years. People of weaker constitution would not have endured. She is worthy of respect for no other reason in her life. Gloria was a person who helped her children become what they are. She had a difficult childhood and made sure ours was better. We never lacked for love and support.
Mom and Dad celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with the family on July 20, 1992 in Latuda and Standardville, Utah where it all started.
Gloria is survived by her children: Dr. Ross Poore (Chris), William E. Poore, Jeannie Vanbibber, and Janice Harvey (Jim). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ryan Poore (Cindy), Ben Poore, Courtney Vanbibber, Elder Justin Vanbibber (currently at the MTC), Thomas Marcus, Todd Marcus (Emily), her sister Elaine Paxton, many nieces and nephews, and a great grandson, Riley Patrick Poore due to arrive in late August. Gloria is preceded in death by parents and husband Ross P. Poore, Sr.
The family would like to thank the staff of Garden Terrace (in particular Debbie and Jennifer) and Silverado Senior Living for their exceptional care during the last days of her life. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.
A private graveside service will be held on Friday July 20, 2001 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park 3401 S Highland Dr. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
The family is at peace knowing that Mom and Dad are together againarguing, and walking hand in hand above the clouds.
"Time will pass - memories exist forever"