Gloria S. Bowers
July 2, 1926 – December 1, 2019
Our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, Gloria Schwantes Bowers (93), had a joyous reunion with her eternal companion and many other family members on December 01, 2019. She died in West Jordan, Utah of natural causes incidental to age. She was born as an identical twin on July 2, 1926, in the small town of Douglas Az to Henry Carl Schwantes and Elizabeth Loving Schwantes. The twins, Gloria and Glendora, along with their seven siblings, grew up in Douglas Az. They were often the center of attention, entertaining the neighborhood with tap dancing, ballet, cheerleading and dressing alike all the time. They graduated from Douglas High School in 1944.
Gloria went on to college at BYU, winning cheerleading positions, and several "Queen of the ball" honors. She graduated with a degree in Business in 1948. From there she and her twin headed to New York City finding jobs and friends in the big city. Gloria gained experience working for Time Magazine and met lifelong friends in Manhattan (LDS) Ward. Highlights of her New York experience were serving a proselyting Stake Mission, a bicycling hostel trip to Martha's Vineyard, and seeing the opening night performance of South Pacific on Broadway.
Gloria met her husband- to- be, Eugene S. Bowers (Gene), in New York City. They continued their courtship in Salt Lake City where they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1952.
Together they had five children and raised their family in the East Mill Creek area. Gloria enjoyed her ward and stake callings in the Young Women and other organizations of the LDS Church. She was an efficient and hard-working mother and wife and enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed skiing with her husband and children and the family cabin in Big Cottonwood Canyon. She loved cooking, entertaining and the get-togethers with their dinner and study groups.
After raising her children, she worked for OC Tanner Company and then took care of her husband as his health declined. She and her twin, Glendora, became roommates again where they enjoyed each other's company in an assisted living facility for the last year and a half.
She is survived by her children Matthew Bowers, Michael Bowers (Carolyn), Lisa Nielsen (Jim), Denise Rider, Russell Bowers (Shari); 21 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren, her twin sister Glendora Stubbs and many other close relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Gene, parents Henry and Elizabeth Schwantes, and siblings Ora Mae Huish, Elsie Fern Bushman, Ruth Stricklin, Mildred Bangerter, Henry Carl "Budso" Schwantes Jr, John "Bud" Schwantes, Olga Elizabeth "Beth" Beene and Marvin Rider, son-in-law.
Funeral Services will be held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary located at 3401 S Highland Drive 84106 starting at 11: 00 AM on Saturday, December 7 a viewing will be held at the same location on December 6, from 6:00-8:00 pm and 1 hour prior to Funeral Services. For full obituary please visit www.wasatchlawn.com Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.wasatchlawn.com for the Gloria family.
- Matthew Bowers, Son
- Michael Bowers (Carolyn), Son
- Lisa (Jim) Nielsen, Daughter
- Denise Rider, Daughter
- Russell (Shari) Bowers, Son
- Gloria is also survived by her 40 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and many other close relatives and friends who will cherish her memory.
- Viewing Friday, December 6, 2019
- Viewing Prior to Funeral Service Saturday, December 7, 2019
- Funeral Services Saturday, December 7, 2019
Gloria S. Bowers
December 6, 2019
I loved Aunt Gloria's smile. With a twinkle in her eye, I could picture her amazing performances and her time in the spotlight. She was good too, even performing her tap dancing in her 50's. She had some athletic talent. I remember skiing with her at Brighton when she could out ski me. She was a hard worker. Yes, she even put me to work a few times at the Bowers house. I learned a few great cleaning tips too! The Cabin always had to meet Aunt Gloria's standards. My mom would say, don't let Aunt Gloria find a dead fly on the window sill or else we're gonna be in for it. The Cabin always looked great thanks to her!
The best thing about Gloria was her example of love and kindness that I witnessed while she took care of Gene his last years. I will never forget seeing her dedication and never ending love for him. She was such a great example to me! I know she is experiencing pure joy and happiness, being with Gene again.
I love you Aunt Gloria!
December 5, 2019
Had some fun times when we were young. And as we reconnected over the years.
So sorry for your loss - hold your memories close. Thinking about you sending hugs.
December 4, 2019
Oh Lisa, I know there are not any words that can really help. I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your mom very well, but I know she adored her children ♥️. May your family have peace 🙏.
December 4, 2019
Gloria was always kind and helpful when I was there and Denise and Marvin were going to the Dr. In St. George or to the. 🕍Temple or Costco.
I would fix her lunch ( a sandwich and don't forget her Dr. 🌶 Pepper) and the first thing she was asking was if I could find something for me to eat???
She was 😟 worried about me getting enough to eat? Which has never been a problem.
She was always fun to talk to and I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with her.
I am so happy to hear that she has Graduated and is back with her family on the other side.
I know that she mist Gene and they are having a Wonderful Reunion now. Marvin is there too, I'm sure. 💘 We Love you
Russ and Connie Keller
December 4, 2019
I knew your Mother from our days at O.C. Tanner. I remember her to be friendly, kind and hard working ... a lovely woman. I'm so sorry for your loss.