Gloria Gay Garrard
1934 ~ 2014

Gloria Gay Nuttall Neves Garrard died surrounded by her family on Friday, July 25, 2014, at the age of 80, at Ashford Assisted Living in Highland, Utah. She struggled with long years of multiple health problems but ultimately succumbed to a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Gloria (known most of her life as "Gay") is survived by her husband of six years, Robert Garrard; her children: Jerry Neves (Kay Riley) Sandy, UT; Linda Uranga (David), Prattville, AL; Scott Tarbet (Julie Decker), Millcreek, UT; Jami Bernards (Brad), Bentonville, AR: Carrie Pearce (Tony), Alpine, UT; David Tarbet, Orange, CA; Virgil Steven Tarbet Neves, SLC; Penny Freeman (Dallas), Spring, TX; Victor Neves (Caroldean Christensen), Alpine, UT; Marci Reed (Lynn, deceased), Holladay, UT; Alan Neves (Glynis Adams), Alpine, UT; Michael Neves (Beth Spreadbury-Landin), Caldwell, ID; Michele Robinson (John), Siletz, OR; Melody Friton (Jon), McMinnville, OR; Kelli Albright (Scott), Siletz, OR; 59 grandchildren (many married) and 60 great-grandchildren. Surviving family of the heart includes Aunt Joan Day Brady and Jane Kinser Haws among many.

Gloria is preceded in death by her second husband, Wilford Leslie Neves, her father, David Verl Nuttall, her mother, Hilda Soderlund Sweet, and her brother, Richard David Nuttall; her son-in-law, Lynn Reed (Marci), daughter-in-law, Carolina Louise Maestas (Michael Neves), two grandchildren, Timothy Neves (son of Jerry and Kay) and Carissa Pearce (daughter of Tony and Carrie), and a grandson-in-law, Joseph Weigel (Stephany Neves).

Gloria leaves a legacy of inclusion and scores who call her blessed. She was well-beloved by many who considered themselves part of her family. She took into her home numerous foster children, families in transition, war refugees, teenagers in need of acceptance, and anyone seeking a warm, empathetic heart.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she lived a life of service, first called to a Stake Mission when she was 19, in Oakland, CA. She went on to serve several more full-time service missions, including to The Family History Center in Salt Lake City and the St. George Temple Visitor’s Center, among others. She served as an ordinance worker in both the Timpanogos Utah and St. George Utah Temples, and in multiple other capacities in ward and branch levels of the Church. As an ardent genealogist, she was responsible for researching and submitting thousands of names to the Church records.

Gloria was gifted in both the fine and graphic arts, designing numerous logos for cities and other organizations, as well as selling her paintings and mosaics across the country. As a journalist, she published articles in multiple publications, including the Deseret News. She won Utah Presswoman of the Year in 1979, and went on to win second place in the National Award. She fostered her love of instrumental and vocal music in her children and has left an enduring legacy of the arts and an inherent love of learning that has been instrumental in the success of her children.

As an adult, Gloria lived in multiple locations, including Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden, Brigham City, Fillmore, American Fork, Highland, St. George, Hurricane, and Alpine, UT. She also lived in Los Angeles County, CA, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Fort Madison, IA.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 2:00 pm at the High Bench Chapel, 910 South High Bench Road, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call Wednesday evening, July 30, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah and again on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00 pm prior to services at the church. Interment will be at the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 2:00 pm at the High Bench Chapel, 910 South High Bench Road, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call Wednesday evening, July 30, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah and again on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00 pm prior to services at the church. Interment will be at the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.

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