Gloria Golden Schwalbe
May 27, 1917-May 9, 2017
Gloria Golden Schwalbe was born on May 27, 1917, a daughter of Curtis and Blanch (Tryon) Gaskin in Omaha, NE. When she was six weeks old, Gloria traveled with her mother back to her mother’s home at Decker, MT. Her father and thirteen-year-old brother had to build onto the homestead house to provide room for the new addition to the family.
When Gloria was five or six her brother left home to work, so Gloria took his spot working on the family ranch. She could ride a horse to work cattle and to bring in the other horses. She rode her horse to school every day; Gloria loved horses!
Gloria’s father and uncle hired the first school teacher and built the first school north of Decker. Three children started school that first year. Gloria attended all eight years in the rural country school. Following grade school, she lived in Sheridan, WY where she attended all four years of high school, working after school at nights to pay for her room and board. Gloria graduated from Sheridan High School.
Following her graduation, Gloria met and married Kenneth DeWitt on September 14, 1935. To this union, LeRoy and Dolores were born. Kenneth and Gloria ranched in the Sheridan area eventually moving to Washington State where they bought a farm. Following Kenneth’s death in 1959, she sold the farm and moved to California where she made her home. Gloria would eventually meet and marry Frank Schwalbe in March of 1971.
Following her marriage to Frank, Gloria attended Nursing School in California, working in hospitals there. Gloria and Frank left California, moving to Upton, WY where they made their home. While in Upton Gloria was instrumental in getting the Senior Center started as well as the Senior Meals Program. She served as a delegate in the Silver Hair Legislature for three years in Cheyenne, WY. In her spare time, Gloria enjoyed working in her garden and working with her flowers. She raised Alaskan Malamute dogs. She loved her dogs and cats. Gloria’s greatest joy in life was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived and loved every day of her life on this earth. Gloria looked forward to her 100 birthday on the 27 of this month.
Gloria moved to the Custer Regional Senior Care in April 2016, where the Lord called her home on May 9, 2017.
Gloria is survived by her daughter, Dolores Donner; her daughter-in-law, Kathleen DeWitt; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great grandson and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, Kenneth and Frank, her son LeRoy and her son-in-law Bob Donner.
Many family and friends will miss her. Rest in Peace Gloria.
A Memorial Service will be held on June 30, at 1:00 p.m., at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Upton.