Gloria Hope Henderson
Gloria Hope Henderson 90 years old departed this mortal world on Monday September 6, 2021. At the time of her passing she was living at Spring Creek Assisted Living Center in Eagle Idaho.
Mom was born to Hardin Evans Whitney and Norma Buckley Whitney October 28, 1930 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho. She was named Gloria Hope, the second of four children. She grew up and attended school in Boise’s north end graduating from Boise High School in 1948. She met and fell in love with Jack Henderson. They were married in December of that year. Mom worked for a short time as an operator for Bell Telephone in Boise, but when her first son came along she became a full time mom. Over the years Mom tried her hand at many hobbies and other pursuits, she tried bowling, painting, sewing, canning, camping, fishing, traveling, genealogy, toy making, and babysitting. She was really good at everything she did but her greatest love was genealogy. She spent many years searching for and finding numerous ancestors. She knew almost everything about each one and loved them all. Mom and dad traveled all over talking to distant family members taking pictures and gathering information. When all the kids were grown Mom and Dad would load up the pickup and take off. They drove to Alaska and down through Utah and Arizona taking hundreds of pictures on the way. Mom loved the holidays and decorated for each one. Christmas and Halloween were especially fun for her. For many years she hosted the family Christmas Eve gathering, always encouraging the grandkids to share their talents. Her eyesight waned but her hearing and memory remained sharp.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and through the years filled many teaching and leadership positions. She served as Primary President for several years and later Relief Society President for a really long time. She was always faithful in fulfilling her assignments even when she could no longer get around easily. Mom had a marvelously strong testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and total unwavering faith in her Savior Jesus Christ.
She is survived by her younger brother Tony Whitney and his wife Nancy of Boise, Idaho. Her children Kirk Henderson and wife Susan of Meridian, Steve Henderson and wife Linda of Boise, Jack Henderson of Boise, Susan Balmer and husband Bob of Twin Falls, Sally McCormick and husband Clint of Eagle, and Sandra Henderson of Boise. Gloria has 18 grandchildren scattered across the United States, 35 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, parents Hardin and Norma, a brother Wesley, and a sister Janith.
Mom, Grandma, Nanny will be greatly missed. Her example of selfless love will guide us as we go forward doing good in the world.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.
Sandy saysSeptember 9, 2021 at 11:58 pm
Sending love and peace to those of you that loved my mom. She loved you as well and while it’s been a while since she was able to see or talk with you, she still felt your love and would speak of you often and share stories and memories. She had long time good friends who cared for her and helped her so much. Thank you for that. For the past year or so she gained some new friends who loved and cared for her very well. The staff at Edgewood Spring Creek showed her love and compassion and tried to make it home for her. Thank you so much for your care for her. I don’t recall a time when she didn’t thank those who helped her. Her attitude with what she was going through was very cheerful. I sure am going to miss her, but I know she is close by and happier than ever.
Lynn and Carole Evenson saysSeptember 11, 2021 at 10:17 am
I visit taught your mom in her later years. She was always happy and appreciative of our visits. I’m sorry to hear of her passing but know she is in a happier place. Condolences to your family.
Steve Hulme saysSeptember 10, 2021 at 7:57 am
Dear children of Sista Gloria:
Condolences to you… I’m sure this is a difficult transition, even though your mom lived a long and joyful and productive life, and has gone on to a great reward. You will miss her.
I appreciate the tribute you prepared… even though I’ve known your mom for 60 years (!), it was enlightening. I’m amazed at how much she and MY mother share in common! “Gloria,” of course. But – my mom worked as a telephone operator before she quit to become a full-time mom. They had similar hobbies and interests. And, both have lived lives of service and compassion toward their fellow men.
Thanks to ALL of you for the impact you had on my life in the early years. I have warm feelings and happy memories regarding each of you… but particularly your mom (who was my Cub Scout den mother), and Jack, who was one of my best friends from around that time, until we were both in our 20s. May the Good Lord give you a sense of peace and comfort, and a little glimpse of “the big picture,” and the eternal nature of families.