Gloria Jean Black

November 14, 1937May 6, 2021
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Gloria Jean Black, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on May 6, 2021, in Denver, Colorado.

Gloria Jean (Bertron) Black was born in Firestone, Colorado, to Morse and Katherine (Mollendor) Bertron, on November 14, 1937. She was one of five siblings, Myron Berton, Shirley Myers, Morse (Sonny) Bertron, and Dennis Berton (who preceded her in death).

Gloria graduated from Frederick High School in 1956. She married Ralph Junior Sipe in 1958. They moved to Denver and both worked for Martin Marrietta. They raised two daughters, Gaynelle and Devona. After Ralph’s passing in 1975, Gloria and her daughters moved to Frederick, CO.

Gloria continued working for Martin Marrietta until she became a teller at Valley Bank in Frederick. After working at the bank for many years, Gloria worked for Dacono sanitation district where she later retired. Gloria married Darrell Eugene Black at Rinn United Methodist Church, Longmont, in 1979 and remained married until Darrell’s passing July 12, 2018. They raised their son, Lance Eugene Black.

Gloria lived a life full of love. She was always laughing, joking, calling people (especially Lance), telling stories, wearing her favorite moccasin shoes, and watching her great grandbabies play. She enjoyed playing cards but would not let you win as a courtesy. She would wrestle a spoon (the card game) out of your hands and then tease you when she got it from you. She was a huge Bronco fan and owned season tickets in the south stands for many years. She, Darrell, and Lance went to the superbowl in Florida to watch the Broncos win! Gloria and Darrell had many adventures in their fifth wheel and lived in New Mexico, Idaho, and Washington (where they ran an RV park). They loved to go on 4-wheeler rides and explore. She loved being outdoors, fishing, and camping. She loved all the traditions of holidays like making pizzelles at Christmas and enjoying the spread on New Year’s Day including paté and homemade bread, along with the saying of ‘bonne année, et bonne santé’ which has been passed down for many generations.

Gloria was honest and wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is. She was the life of the party and the first and last person on the dance floor doing her favorite polka dance, waltz, or jitterbug. Gloria was the ringleader of mischief, whether cheering for her kids and grandkids at a sporting event, bowling, or being on vacation, there was never a dull moment! She was a friend to everyone and loved to find a local restaurant to have some coffee, visit, and of course, tease and laugh. Gloria was smart, had a funny sense of humor and cussed often, laughed loud, and loved harder than anything else. Her family was her whole world and her family made her life completely full.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, brother (Dennis), husband (Ralph Sipe), and husband (Darrell Black).

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Lifebridge Christian Church with Pastor Mark Peterman officiating.

Gloria will join Ralph and Darrell at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery following the service.


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021


  • Burial

    Thursday, May 13, 2021


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May 30, 2021

Your mom was a favorite of mine! I have very good memories of her. I loved her personality . She was such a joy to be around a nd she had a great sense of humor. I am sad that I could not make it to her service. I am thinking your mom and my dad, my Uncle Norman and her brother, Dennis, are in Heaven having fun and laughing together again! Love to all of you! ❤ Cousin Lynnell

Sandy Duran (bertron)

May 11, 2021

I remember my cousin very well. I am Simon and peggys daughter Sandy. We lived a block away from each other. Although several years apart I used to watch her polka. I remember going to aunt Kate's and uncle morse's house on new years and eating pate (ick) and sneaking drinks of mogen David wine. Then we would go another block and visit aunt Clemmie and uncle Joe. I remember her siblings also. Sleep peacefully Gloria. My condolences to the family.