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Gloria D. Butler
April 4, 1925 – October 1, 2015

Stayton- Gloria died Thursday in Sublimity, OR.  She was born, the middle daughter to Ramon and Elisa (Corona) Brena, in Nogales, AZ.  The family moved to Tucson around the time Gloria started school, where she attended school through graduation from Tucson High.  As a young woman, Gloria worked in the banking industry at a time where accounts were manually balanced to the penny.  She had an inherit understanding of finances and investments.  During high school, she asked her father about buying some desert land with her savings from work.  His reply was, “why would anyone want to own desert?” The land is now the site of a Del Webb community.

Gloria met the love of her life, Jerry “Bronc” Butler, at a USO dance on the Tucson Army Air Corp Base.  She and Bronc dated until he was sent to the Pacific Rim.  But letters were exchanged and when “Bronc” was discharged he returned to Arizona to marry Gloria.  The couple was married on August 26, 1946.

Eventually the couple moved to McMinnville, OR where Gloria continued in banking while Bronc completed his studies.  When Bronc obtained a teaching position in Stayton, the family (Gloria, Bronc and Darrel) moved to Stayton, residing here for over 60 years.

An artist at heart, Gloria painted oils and water colors (landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits).  True labors of love were the quilts she made which today are still in use by her great grandchildren.  She restored antique furniture, crocheted and knitted.  With her husband, she enjoyed traveling the United States, Europe, and South America.  Together they belonged to “The Dance Club” at Santiam Golf Course.

When her youngest child started high school, Gloria decided it was time to get her college degree.  Much to the surprise of her children, Gloria was a straight A student.  She attended Chemeketa Community College and completed her bachelor's degree at Oregon College of Education.  She taught remedial reading for middle school children for 2 years.  When she was directed to spend the remains of her budget because “if you don't spend it, we lose it,” Gloria contacted the owner of the Colonial House in Salem who agreed to allow her to bring her students in for dinner.  It was a true experience  for the children.

A strong woman, she suffered a blow she never fully recovered from with the death of her beloved son Lance.  From the time of Lance's collapse until she could no longer do it, she tended his grave regularly and prayed the Rosary for him daily.

Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, son and sisters Lucy Schwartz (San Antonio, TX) and Alice Sterling (Tucson, AZ).  Surviving her are her children Darrel Butler of Sunnyvale, CA and Lisa (Bruce) Trussell of Stayton; grandchildren Brandon (Los Angeles) and Kimi (Sacramento) Butler, Katie (Daniel) Koenig (Stayton), Cody (Melissa) Trussell (Boring), Brett (Kasia) Trussell (Stayton) and great-grandchildren Wyatt, Mason, Noah, and Brody Koenig, Lane Trussell (all of Stayton), and Henry Trussell (Boring).

Contributions may be made to either Regis High School or St. Mary Grade School. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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