Gloria Ann John, 72, of Shoshone passed from this life on Friday, February 7, 2020, due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. She was very much at peace surrounded by family who all love her very much. Our hearts are broken but Heaven has truly gained an Angel.
She was born October 16, 1947, at St. Valentine’s Hospital in Wendell, Idaho to Cecil Lee and Nona Ida (Dayley) Hyde. The first daughter and fifth child, five more came after. She always said she enjoyed being part of a large family. As a child, she attended the Pleasant Plains country school north of Jerome and Washington Elementary.
On August 16, 1959, at the age of 11 years, she was presented a small white bible at Nazarene Vacation Bible School for having learned the most bible verses. She was very proud of this accomplishment and grew to know and love her Savior Jesus Christ.
Gloria was a graduate of Jerome High School Class of 1966 and earned a scholarship to beauty school in Boise. She missed home dearly and returned to her family, taking a job in the front office of St. Benedict’s Hospital in Jerome.
She met her lifelong partner - Kit John at the Conoco service station in Jerome and they were later married in a beautiful ceremony in Wendell on April 18, 1968. To this day, you will always hear Kit say “I can’t believe she said Yes”.
They bought their first home in Buhl where Gloria worked as a bank teller at Idaho First National Bank until they joined Kit’s parents on a dairy farm south of Wendell. Together they worked hard and raised their two children, relocated to a farm at Hazelton then settled on their home of 40 years at Shoshone. She happily kept up with raising a family, school activities, housework, farm records, and eventually took over milking the dairy herd when Kit went to work for ABS. They were just black and white cows but she knew every one of them by name and how to deal with a stubborn cow. Nothing got past her when it came to those cows. She taught her children good work ethics and how to take care of each other. She loved shopping trips, created some very pretty ceramic pieces for her family and loved beautiful flowers. It was always a joy see her two very large beautiful lilac bushes in full bloom.
Our Gloria had a big heart, a kind soul and taught us all about the value of life. Her strength and courage in the face of a devastating disease gave us all a very big lesson on how strong she really was. Your wings were ready but our hearts were not.
She is survived by her husband Kit of 51 years; one son - Eric (Amanda) and daughter - Kimberley (Cody); four grandchildren - Makala, Bryce, Ryker and Piper; three sisters - Carol (Monty), Helen, Patricia (James) and three brothers - Raymond (Donna), Gary (Mary), Jim (Teresa); sister-in-laws - Norma, Betty, Linda, Bonnie, Lynn; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; brothers - Johnny, Robert, William and sister - Mae.
The family would like to acknowledge the excellent care of our loved one by her nurses Connie, Eva and Michelle of Alliance Home Health Care. Thank you to good friends Tom and Joyce Bingham who were always there for her. Your care and friendship is deeply appreciated.
Funeral services will be conducted at Demaray Funeral Chapel - Gooding Chapel on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at the Wendell Cemetery in Wendell, Idaho.
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