Our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Gloria Rose Thain Reese passed away at her home with her daughters and granddaughters by her side on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. She was born Sept. 15, 1927, in Logan, Utah, to George William Thain and Ann Lemon Thain. She was the oldest of seven children. Growing up on the farm, she loved horses and learned the values of hard work and sacrifice.
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Gloria attended school in Benson, Utah, and graduated from North Cache High School in 1946, where she played the tenor saxophone in the marching band. After graduating she lived with her grandmother and worked at the Hostess Bakery in Salt Lake City.
Gloria was married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on Sept. 11, 1946, to Norris Foster Reese. They had two beautiful daughters, Sherry Reese Roberts and Kliss Reese McNeel, later divorcing.
Gloria was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various positions within the Relief Society, Young Womens and Primary. She was excited to receive a mission call to the England London Mission in 1979. Gloria loved serving others and talked fondly of her experience. Gloria had a strong testimony and taught her children the meaning of family.
Gloria was an avid reader and loved to share stories with others. She was an accomplished embroiderer and excelled in making gifts of love for her family. These will be cherished for future generations. She was a grandma to all those around her and insisted on everyone calling her "Granny." She was loved by all those whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her daughters, Sherry (Marlowe) Roberts of Hyrum, Utah; Kliss McNeel of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Kelly (Dyana) Roberts of Wellsville, Utah; Natalie (John) Bostock of Wellsville, Utah; Tyler (Kelli) Roberts of Bountiful, Utah; Vance (Jill) Roberts of Nibley, Utah; Reese (Paula) McNeel of London, England; and Amber McNeel of Salt Lake City, Utah. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren: Alexis Roberts, Taylor Bostock, Dylan Bostock, Ava Roberts, Kaden Roberts, Aliva Roberts, Austin Bostock and Ella Roberts. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Jeaneen Duffy; and an infant sister, Jewell Thain. She is survived by her brothers, George (Claire) Thain of Centerville, Utah; Melvin (Mardean) Thain of Centerville, Utah; Wade (Liz) Thain of Smithfield, Utah; and one sister, Coy (Fred) Luedtke of Whittier, Calif.
Gloria showed strength and determination through various health issues including polio and, later in life, cancer. Special thanks go out to Dr. James Pearl, ACCESS Hospice & Home Health and Nurse Linda Groll, and Homewatch CareGivers and Lotsi.
Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center Street, Logan, Utah. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Providence 4th Ward, 155 N. 100 East, Providence, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10 to 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be sent to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund, the Hunstman Cancer Foundation or the Pulmonary Research Fund in memory of Gloria T. Reese through the Desert Foundation at 8th Ave and C Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84143, (801) 408-1775.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.allenmortuaries.net.
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Published in Logan Herald Journal from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2010