Gloria Jean (Wright) Smith of Tygh Valley, Ore., died peacefully with her faith in God strong and her family at her side on December 1, 2015.
She is survived by her loving family – husband of 48 years Glenn Arthur “Toby” Smith of Tygh Valley, Ore.; son Glenn Arthur Smith II and his wife Jennifer Kay Eklund-Smith of Pleasant Hill, Ore.; son Jason Todd Smith and his wife Susan Denise (Vega) Smith of Gervais, Ore.; daughter Tammarra Jean (Smith) Ferguson and husband Brandon Scott Ferguson of Tygh Valley, Ore.; grandsons Michael Clarence Smith, Bradley Glenn Smith, and Dublin James Ferguson; granddaughters McKinley Skye Smith, Camille Marin Smith, Paris Jean McCartney, Sydney Nicole Ferguson, and Callista Elizabeth Smith.
Gloria is also survived by her mother, Guaraldine (Stansberry) Wright, and Gloria’s four sisters, Diana Lynn Wrightsmith, Sharon Marie Waltenburg, Charleen Frances Burman, and Angel Lorrette Carter.
Gloria was born on June 20, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wis., to Charles Francis Wright and Guaraldine Wright. The family moved from Wisconsin to Oregon in 1956. She graduated in the class of 1965 from Estacada High School and studied elementary education at Portland State University before falling in love with and marrying Toby Smith in Estacada, Ore., on April 4, 1967. Their son, Glenn II was born in Gresham, Ore., in 1970 and their twins, Jason and Tammarra, were born in Gresham, Ore., in 1972. Gloria was a member of the Chinook Indian Nation and encouraged her children to participate in tribal activities.
Gloria worked as a Supervisor of Administrative Services for AT&T, through the breakup of the Bell System, to Pacific Northwest Bell, and finally to US West, from which she retired. She held a management position in a time when female managers were uncommon in most career sectors and took great pride in her work.
She was very active in her local VFW Auxiliary until a few years ago, serving most recently as Secretary/Treasurer of the local Tygh Valley chapter. Gloria also enjoyed needlepoint, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, traveling, and camping with Toby, friends, and family. She considered herself a member of the Maupin Community Church in Maupin, Ore.
Gloria was a woman of devout faith, firm conviction, great strength, true courage, and limitless love. Her lasting impression on those around her will be felt and cherished for generations to come. A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on January 16, 2016, at the Maupin Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local VFW chapter in Gloria’s name.
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