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Gloria Ensign Jeffs

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Gloria Ensign Jeffs, age 85, a Salt Lake City, Utah native, born June 21, 1930, died with family at her side on June 24, 2015 in Newport Beach, California. Gloria was not a practicing Mormon for most of her life, but she was very aware of her Mormon roots and heritage, including a relative who designed the Salt Lake Temple and one who was in charge of building it.
Timeless elegance and beauty – in her late 30s she was mistaken for her daughter who had just won the "best physique award" in high school. Was wooed by many, but chose her husband because he was capable of having an intelligent conversation. She taught her children to have open minds, curiosity, that the worst reason to do something was because everyone else was doing it, to look at everything in life from as many perspectives as possible, and to dream. The standards she maintained created a positive example for life for her children and grandchildren. She was thought to be a great conversationalist – she said the secret no one understood was to listen. Could invisibly change subjects/provide suggestions. Was always looking out for others, looking to help, making the best of bad situations, understood the importance of celebration, and worked to get on the positive side of difficult people. She plans, where applicable and possible, to continue with such from the other side.
Gloria was a lifetime romantic, she loved nature, and excelled at the design and execution of stunningly beautiful but very humanly livable indoor and outdoors spaces – those who experienced such will not forget. She loved the Sierras. In its foothills, she created a 24-tree orchard from scratch, and she nurtured it for decades – on freezing nights, she could be found in it maintaining fires to prevent frost damage.
Uncomplainingly took care of her husband for 15 years after his stroke. When she was just skin, bones, and hunched over, it was not uncommon for her to be pulled over by police for going 90, alone, at 3:00 a.m. in the central valley. She liked to race kids who thought she was just a slow little old lady. In other words, she didn't let the bounds of old age stop her – until death – and even that may not have slowed her down – death need not defeat us – on earth or beyond.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 8, 2015
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