Gloriann "Gloria" DeGuelle, 91, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. Gloria was born in Salem, Missouri on January 16, 1928 to parents Betty and Ed Rhodes. In 1935, the family moved to Grand Junction, Colorado.
During WWII, Gloria was a pen pal with US servicemen serving overseas. One of these pen pals was Charles Schultz, the famous creator of The Peanuts cartoons. His letters included early drawings of The Peanuts and other characters, which she unfortunately burned when she married Ed.
In 1946, the family moved to Norwood, Colorado to open a general mercantile store. While working in the store, Gloria met her husband Ed. During their short courtship, Ed panned gold in the San Miguel River to buy Gloria's wedding band. This past April, they had celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary. Together, they had twin daughters Susie and Sharon, and spent their lifetime surrounded by family and friends.
Gloria was a talented seamstress and loved to sew, crochet, and embroider. She made beautiful dresses, quilts, dolls, and baby clothes for herself, family, and friends. Gloria also enjoyed gardening and canning. She made delicious jellies, fruits, tomatoes, and her famous sweet green tomato relish.
Gloria was a kind and caring person who loved her family and friends. She had a great sense of humor and was a great story teller. She referred to herself as an "Old Missourian" who enjoyed the simple things in life. She was an example of love, devotion, and perseverance. Even during hard times she remained encouraging and positive. Her love for her family and faith in the Lord gave her strength and happiness throughout her life.
The family extends our appreciation to Horizon Hospice and Overland Court Senior Living for the many wonderful people who cared for Gloria during her final days.
Gloria is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ed; mother, Betty; father, Ed; and brother, Bobby. Gloria is survived by her daughters, Susie (Ken) Spriggs of Montrose, Colorado and Sharon Haviland of Nampa, Idaho; granddaughters, Rebecca (Sasha) Smetana, Christina (Christopher) Miles, Tami (Andy) Schaller, and Mandy (Corbin) Gerhardt; great-grandchildren, Nate and Sam Smetana, Jax and Hendrix Miles, Chloe and Beau Schaller, and Brydger Gerhardt; as well as her sisters, Edaleen (Bob) Taylor, Jimalee (John) Taylor and many nieces and nephews.