Gloria Fenton

August 16, 1926September 14, 2012

Gloria Butler Gardner Fenton, 86, died September 14, 2012, in Chelem, Yucatan, Mexico, at the home of her son. She was born July 16, 1926, in Salt Lake City to Annie (Tess) Butler and Wilford Woodruff Gardner. She was the youngest of three children. Her family lived on Harvard Avenue. She graduated from East High School where she was active in A cappella and student council groups. She attended the U of U, was an avid skier, and obtained her pilots license. At the U of U she met Patrick H Fenton, student-body president of the Law School. They were married in Salt Lake City on May 15, 1948. The couple moved to Cedar City where Patrick started his law practice and the couple had three children. Gloria annually hosted the Governor's Tea for the Shakespearean Festival Opening Night, president of Bloomington Ladies Club, and president of Lady Elks Lodge. She was a member of the Knife and Fork Club, and the SUU Faculty Wives, and volunteered for many years for the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce. She was also a member of the Alta Club. She was an avid reader, loved to travel the world, and play bridge. Gloria was a granddaughter of 1847 Pioneer, Archibald Gardner. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Patrick H Fenton, her parents, her brother, Wilford Butler Gardner and sister, Tess Gardner Sorensen, both of Salt Lake City. She is survived by daughters, Tess (Lewis) Rawlinson, Delta, Ann (Larry) Banks, Spanish Fork, and son, Patrick Robert Fenton, Chelem, Yucatan, Mexico. She is survived by nine grandchildren that loved and adored her. Gloria was blessed with 24 great grandchildren, soon to be 25. Gloria loved her family and friends, and did all she could to make their lives better. She was a great example to us and always a lady. The family wishes to express a sincere thanks to Gloria’s dear friends and to Iron County Home Health Company in Cedar City for the excellent care extended to both parents over the years.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 29, 2012

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October 8, 2012

I am so sorry over the loss of your mother. Your parents were such good friends with my parents, and we all had some great times together. Your parents were such great people. Sincerely, Krista Cloward Erickson

Jan Dimick

October 7, 2012

Tess, So sorry to hear of your mother's death. There are so few people left from our old neighborhood in Cedar. Missed you at the class reunion, we were thinking of you and your family.
Jan Jones Dimick

Ember Lambert Winders

October 2, 2012

Tess, Ann and Patrick,
So sad to hear of your loss! Your Mom and Dad were such a part of my families life on Circle Way Drive! This is the most difficult part of life, losing our family!
Much love to you all,

September 28, 2012

Tess, What a great heritage your family has. Your mother was always gracious to us. Sorry for your loss. Annette & Kyle

September 25, 2012

So sorry to hear of the passing of Gloria, she was a dear friend, I remember some of the fun trips we went on with her and Donna Jolley

September 25, 2012

Anne, I am so sorry to hear that your mom passed away. I know how much you will miss her.
Love You, Susan

Holly Milne

September 25, 2012

Dear Ann, Larry and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your mother. She always greeted us with a warm welcome and a big hug. When I think of Gloria; Contagious laugh, funny sense of humor, gracious host, loved her family, loved people, and pecan pie. She will be missed, but not forgotten. All our love and prayers are with you. Love Ya, Holly & Robert Milne

September 24, 2012

My sweet friend Gloria, I will miss and remember forever. Love, Mary MacDonald, Cedar City (now Layton, Utah)

September 24, 2012

Dear Patrick,
We want to offer our condolences --Sorry to hear the news of your Mom passing--she had a beautiful life and your Mom , Gloria, sounds like an amazing women! Mary and Steve Payne, Cedar City, Utah

Brad Orton

September 23, 2012

Our love to you and your family. I have fond memories of your Mom growing up on 400 South.