Obituary: Gloria Belle Smith

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Sep. 10, 1925 - Nov. 16, 2013

Gloria Belle Smith, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend passed into her heavenly reward on November 16th, 2013 at The Lodge Assisted Living in Carson City. She was 88 years old. Born September 10th, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to Addie Belle (Hunter) Wiest and William F. Wiest I, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, George A. Smith, her parents, sister Shirley (Wiest) Marshall and brother William F. Wiest II.

Gloria is survived by her daughters, Julie (Smith) Kunkle of Reno and Lori (Smith) Chatwood of Carson City; grandsons, Noah Kunkle, Kyle Petterson, Christopher and Timothy Chatwood; granddaughters, Megan Petterson, Jaime Kunkle and Heidi (Kunkle) Leeds and two great-grandchildren, Kaysen and Brandi; and nieces and nephews, Mike, Lynn, Carol, Patty, Bill, Jerry and Bob.

Gloria moved from Detroit, Michigan to southern California when she was a young child and grew up in the Whittier and Montebello areas near Los Angeles, CA. She worked for her Father’s auto dealership as his office assistant/bookkeeper in both California and later during the late 1950s and early 1960s in Carson City where he owned a dealership on the corner of Carson and Long Streets - “Wiest Motors”. She had met and married her husband George while working for her Father’s business in Whittier, CA. They were married in 1955. They and their two daughters moved to Carson City in 1962 and lived in Carson City the remainder of their lives.

Gloria worked as a bank teller at First National Bank which transitioned to First Interstate Bank and eventually Wells Fargo at both the downtown Carson City branch and later the East Highway 50 location. Gloria retired in 1985 and spent her following years with her beloved husband, children and grand-children.

She enjoyed family the most and doted on her grandchildren. She was most happy visiting or surrounded by friends and family members. She was up for anything and loved camping, travelling, outings, dining, shopping etc. with her family members. She was kind to everyone she met and loved unconditionally ñ her kind spirit was a beacon to all her family and she will be greatly missed.

Services will be held at Walton’s, 1281 N. Roop St., Carson City, NV on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Viewing will be Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 pm and immediately before the Friday service from noon-1:00 pm at the same location.

The family would like to thank all caregivers at The Lodge for their care, compassion and support.

Her works were kindness, her deeds were love.


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