GLORIA RADA
1940 - 2021
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Gloria Rada, 80 of Brawley passed peacefully on January 22, 2021. She was born Glorianna Anderson on November 4, 1940 in Westmorland, CA where she lived with her mom, sister and three brothers until she married her 1st husband Enos Clayton. They lived in Brawley and raised their three children together. She worked as a waitress for many years at several Brawley restaurants: Armando's, The South Gate and The Adobe. She was good at her job. She was a tough little thing who moved with lightening speed. She had quite a sassy personality. She could be stubborn but was quick to smile and laugh, even at herself. She also had no problem giving you a piece of her mind if necessary. Years later, she met the love of her life Merl Rada while managing the local bar in Holtville, CA. They married and moved to Colorado for his job. They traveled back and forth from Colorado to California before finally retiring in Imperial Valley. They were a match made in heaven. She loved him with all her heart.They couldn't stand to be apart so God called her home so he wouldn't have to be alone. She will be remembered as a good and caring mother who made the best Chicken and Dumplings and fried hamburger tacos. She was also a loving fun "Nani" to her grandkids and great grandkids. She loved to watch and play with them. They had so much fun with her when they were young. She loved babies and surprises but wasn't too fond of sunrises. She was one of a kind who genuinely loved her family, friends, pets and of course her evening cocktail. Her family and friends will sincerely miss her straightforward, unapologetic honesty and unconditional love. She left us with many happy and some crazy memories for sure. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merl Rada in 2019 and by her grandson, Laryn Chase Clayton in 2018. Previously by her mother and siblings. She is survived by her sons, Danny (Janet) Clayton and Mark (Lydia) Clayton and daughter, Nicki (Dan) Eugenio; grandsons, Steven (Jay) Eugenio, Mason Clayton and Banyan Clayton. granddaughters, Kelly (Aaron) Knight, Morgan (Doran) Farar, Camry (Jessie) Tucker, Kazlee Eugenio, Delaney and Donovan Clayton. She left behind a legacy of 19 beautiful great-grandchildren. Also, her dearest and loving cousins, Ida Mae Cummings and June Freeman who meant the world to her. A special thank you to her caregivers Jessica Salazar and Rose Alsip and A & A Cottage View assisted living for their care and support. A celebration of life will be held in her memory at a later date.


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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2021.
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February 24, 2021
We have so many great memories with Gloria (and Merle). Gloria was one of a kind. She will be sadly missed.
Annie & Ian Morris
Friend
February 24, 2021
Gloria & Merl were two of the most enjoyable people I have ever met. I’ll never forget our wonderful evenings in Boulevard, drinking wine, listening to them talk about their lives, adventures, and what was on their minds. I Thank spitfire Gloria for making me laugh and Merl for having great advice. I’ll never forget either of you.❤
Danna Romo
Friend
February 24, 2021
Gloria taught me how to play Ship, Captain, Crew at B&S Pub back in the 90s. She was one of a kind. Rest in peace Gloria, you will forever remain in our hearts.
Pamela Daniels
Friend
February 22, 2021
Nan, I'm sure going to miss you. Thank you for all the memories of my childhood. They are too many to list but they will forever be cherished in my heart. Hug Papa Merl and Laryn for me. I love you.
Morgan Farar
Grandchild
February 22, 2021
I'm deeply sadden at the discovery of her death. She was a dear friend. Wishing the entire family heartfelt condolence.
Jackie mcdaniel
Friend
February 19, 2021
Goodbye our sweet friend. May you R.I.P.
Cricket
Friend
February 19, 2021
MARK, DANNY and LYDIA
Our sincere condolences for the loss of your mom.
Dave and Marianne Beauchamp


Davis Beauchamp
Friend
February 18, 2021
Gloria was everything that was written in this beautiful print. She was an amazing, energy, life force. My condolences to her children, Danny, Mark, & Kelli, with their spouses, Janet, Lydia & Dan, her grands & greats.
Tina Pankratz
Friend
February 18, 2021
JK
February 18, 2021
To the best mother-in-law on the planet! I love you, I miss you, and I smile when I think of you. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for being “little Nan” to my children and the “candy grandma” to my grandchildren.
JK
Family
February 18, 2021
To the Clayton family sorry to hear of your loss may God be with all of you at this time
Bobby Hodges
Friend
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