Gloria Nolan, 75, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 of natural causes. She was born to the late Ruth and Roy Johnson in San Pedro, California on October 23, 1938. She married the late Harold Rubadue in June of 1961 and had one son, Rodney, in 1963.
Gloria's adventurous spirit led to her receiving a pilot,s license in 1970. On her final cross country solo flight, before getting her license, her radio caught fire and she was forced to make an emergency landing on a freeway off ramp that was under construction. Her instructor told her she handled the emergency with textbook perfection. Her ability to handle crises with courage and poise served her well throughout her life. Her compassion and empathy drew her to a long career in nursing. Within her first year of graduating as an LPN she was awarded "Nurse of the Year" in Los Angeles, California.
In 1973 her husband Harold passed away. In 1974 Gloria met and married Robert J. Nolan. She then became a Registered Nurse. She remained in nursing the rest of her professional life in California, Idaho and Arkansas before retiring in Nampa, Idaho where she had been living since 1995.
Gloria touched many lives and was deeply loved by her family and countless friends. Everyone could always count on her to be a wonderful listener and to give sound advice whenever needed.
With Robert she traveled throughout the US and Europe. She loved her many pets and animals of all kinds and was a generous contributor to many charities.
Gloria is survived by her husband Robert Nolan; her son Rod Nolan and daughter-in-law Heather Nolan of Boise; her nephew Steve Johnson; cousins: Joann Gibson, Greg and Scott Myers of Hawaiian Gardens, CA.
There will be no services at the request of Gloria. The family will have a private memorial to be set at a later date. Her final arrangements are under the direction of Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 467-7300. Visit zeyerfuneralchapel.com to express condolences.
Zeyer Funeral Chapel
83 North Midland Boulevard Nampa, ID 83651
Published in Idaho Statesman from May 9 to May 14, 2014