A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother has quietly slipped from the bonds of this mortal life to spend eternity with her husband, Ted E Coltrin, who preceded her in death. Gloria Coltrin was the proud mother of 5 children and their families that all survive her: Teddi (John) Haas, Teresa (Dan) Dunham, Todd (Candy) Coltrin, Troy (Sharinda) Coltrin, and Toni (Robert) Barth. She had 12 grandchildren (Averi, Nathan, Holly, Skyler, Taylor, Marissa, Trevor, Misti, Rebecca, Sarah, Emmalyn, and Chandra) who love her and will miss her dearly; she also had 9 great grandchildren, and one on the way, who lovingly called her GiGi.
Gloria was born on May 8, 1940 in Fillmore, Utah to Jessie Millgate and Leonard Thornton; she had five brothers (Mirl, Leroy, Clairmont, Royal, and Jay) all of whom preceded her in death. She told stories of working hard and caring for others and met her husband Ted Coltrin while working in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were married on March 18, 1961 in Elko, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple. They moved around with Ted’s jobs in radio and as an insurance agent. They lived in Twin Falls and Boise before settling down in the family home in Meridian, where they completed raising their family. They were both proud of their children and how they worked hard as a family unit.
When her husband could no longer work due to his arthritis, Gloria wanted to get a job to help support the family. She found an opening in the Meridian School District as a lunch cook, but when Ted asked her to stay home and take care of their children, she agreed even though it meant more hardships for them. They sacrificed their own desires and put their family first. She would bake cinnamon rolls for her children as a treat and for her husband to take to bake sales for the Disabled American Veterans and was an active member of the DAV Auxiliary. Ted used to tell stories of how her baked goods were enjoyed and prized by many of the people who worked at, or were patients at, the Boise Veterans Hospital. She worked hard all her life caring for others, especially for her family, and cared for her husband until the day he passed.
Shortly after she lost her spouse, Gloria fought against cancer and with the care of family and the doctors and nurses at St. Luke’s MISTI, she was able to survive for many more years. She later sold the home in which she and her beloved husband raised their family, and settled in Nampa, Idaho where she was able to be close to her eldest daughter Teddi, and her eldest son Todd. It is there that she left this mortal life to reunite with the husband she so dearly loved and missed, with members of her family surrounding her during her final hours. Her daughter Teddi said it best: “Mom has gone to be with Dad”. Gloria will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
A viewing was held for family and friends November 28, 2020 at the Relyea Funeral Chapel in Boise, Idaho, and she will be laid to rest with her husband Ted in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on December 18, 2020. Due to Covid-19 the graveside service will be restricted to a small group of family members only.
To send flowers to Gloria's family, please visit our floral store.