Gloria Dawn Wilcox, 81, died Friday, March 24th, 2023, with her family by her side.
Gloria was born on February 23, 1942 in Hood River, Oregon, to Donald & Neola Walker. She grew up in Parkdale, OR, and graduated from Wy’East High in Odell. In the first grade she met Gary, who lived next door with only one house between them. They were married on November 30, 1961, and had three children: Kim, Lisa, and Chris.
After moving the family to Rockwood, Oregon in 1967, Gloria was a teacher’s aide before getting her real estate license and working in the industry for many years until disability retirement. She was diagnosed with MS at 30 years old.
Gloria enjoyed playing tennis, soccer, and bowling in her youth. She loved playing cards with friends and family, and was a cherished socializer at Giuseppe’s Pizza, Cascade Athletic Club where she was one of the original members, and her “Garden Club” with childhood friends. Gloria especially enjoyed travel and took many opportunities to fly, cruise, and roadtrip with close friends and family, with Hawaii being her favorite.
Gloria is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gary; 3 children Kim, Lisa, and Chris; brother Pat; 3 sibling-in-laws; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 7 nieces and nephews; and good friends. She was proceeded in death by her parents Donald and Neola, as well as her sister Joy, and nephew Jay.
Known for her positive, care-free personality, and a glowing presence and smile, Gloria will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1pm on Friday, April 21st at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 SE Roberts, Gresham, OR 97080.
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Larry & Sue Johnson saysMarch 28, 2023 at 6:59 pm
To the family of Gloria who was not known by our family other than through her precious Grandson, Nick who is married to our Granddaughter, Jessica. Our sincere condolences to each family member who held a special love and memory of Gloria throughout her life.
May the love of our Precious Lord Jesus be your peace each day forward.
LaVelle & Waynne Geist saysMarch 29, 2023 at 12:38 pm
We didn’t meet Gloria until a few years ago, but found her to be a happy and friendly lady. We visited with her at parties held at daughter (Kim) and son-in-law (Mark’s) home right next door. It was fun to chat with her (in the driveway) as she was coming to, or leaving the Goin’s home. WE wish we would have met her sooner, but will remember her smiles and laughter. We pray for comfort and peace for the family in the days and weeks to come.
judy and karen saysMarch 30, 2023 at 8:16 pm
For Gloria’s family…our deepest sympathy…we were children together so long ago when our parents were friends. We spent many good times and lots of weekends camping or just visiting in those early years and have great memories. Gloria and Joy were a loved part of our lives. Sincerely, Judy (Green) Svoboda and Karen (Green) Morgan
Janet Johnson-Evans saysMarch 31, 2023 at 11:43 am
To all of Gloria’s family. I have know Gloria for many many years and will always remember her beautiful smile. She will be so missed by her husband, children & grandchildren. It’s so difficult to lose a loved one. Reminisce about all the memories that were made throughout the years. She will always be in your hearts.
Jenny Keatng saysApril 14, 2023 at 2:16 pm
I am so sad to hear about the passing of your Mom, Gloria. Kim and Lisa I always enjoyed getting together at Rose’s cookie bakes and seeing you all. I loved your Mom, she was so warm, I loved her smile and her laugh. I regret I won’t be able to make the service, but you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Erin Baumgaertel saysApril 21, 2023 at 10:27 am
Gloria was a wonderful aunt to me and my siblings. She always looked on the bright side and was a rock in the family. I will miss her but look forward to seeing her again when we meet our Lord. Grandpa and Grandma and Mom united with Jesus together with her. Blessing to my sweet cousins and all Gloria’s grand and great-grand children. I love you all!
Liza Wilcox Osborne saysApril 22, 2023 at 9:57 pm
Losing my mother-in-law (Gloria). Has broken my heart. But I can still feel Gloria her goodness, caring. wisdo m. Guidence Will live on-like a legacy of love that will always be with me.. Her love has surround me since day one.
Liza Wilcox saysApril 22, 2023 at 10:07 pm
Gloria I wanted you to know how much I love you and have always looked up to you You’ve Have been my source of strength.
You always believed in me And gave me unconditional love. I love you gloria and I miss you with all of my heart
Liza Wilcox Osborne saysApril 22, 2023 at 10:13 pm
I love you Gloria and you will always be forever in my heart. Thank you for the unconditional love.
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