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