ESCALANTE — Gloria Ricketts Porter, 75, passed away May 5, 2020, in Panguitch. She was born Oct. 9, 1944, in Richfield to M.E. “Lyle” and Nelda Day Ricketts. She spent her childhood growing up in Antimony, and attended school in Circleville.
In 1960, Gloria met Marvin Porter from Escalante, and after a short time together they were married, Aug. 20, 1960, in Pioche, Nevada, then making their home in Escalante. While Marvin was in the Army, Gloria lived between Antimony and Escalante. After eight months she joined him in Ft. Riley, Kansas, spending the next 16 months there, where their daughter Natalie Jo was born. This was a joyful occasion for her. Six months after Natalie was born, she moved back to Escalante for nine months while Marvin was in Korea. In the meantime a son, Lennie Don was born.
After Marvin’s release from the Army, Gloria followed him all over from Fallon, Nevada, to Utah and ending up in Mesa, Arizona, where another son, Scott Allen was born. He only lived three days. Gloria mourned his passing the rest of her life.
Moving back to Escalante where she spent the rest of her life, Gloria was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in several capacities on the stake and ward level. She had a very strong testimony of her Savior and the power of prayer. Gloria and Marvin’s marriage was solemnized in the St. George temple Dec. 2, 1995. This was a highlight of her life to be joined together for time and eternity. Eventually her entire family was sealed together. She was also a member of the Escalante Lion’s Club.
Most of Gloria’s later years she suffered from extreme pain due to arthritis and several surgeries. At the time of her passing, she and Marvin had 60 wonderful years together and she is no longer in pain.
She is survived by her husband, Marvin; children, Natalie Jo (Jeff) Outzen; and Lennie (Gwen) Porter; seven grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Janet Anderson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Scott Allen Porter; in-laws, Orland and Maralda Porter; siblings, Beth Knell, Max (Patricia) Ricketts, Bud Ricketts and Ardell Ricketts; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Anderson.
Private family graveside services will be held today, May 14, at noon, in the Escalante Cemetery.
Online guestbook and live streaming of the services can be found at maglebymortuary.com under Gloria’s obituary.
Funeral directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.