Former Jackson resident Gloria Shufeldt died Feb. 19 in Pocatello, Idaho. She was 95. Her family provided the following.
Gloria Gorton Shufeldt came into this world in the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 1926. She left us in the early morning hours of Feb. 19, 2021. Gloria was the first daughter and third child born to Ralph and Rita Gorton in Soda Springs, Idaho. She attended school in Soda Springs and then, in 1944, after graduation, she spent an adventurous summer in Philadelphia working for the International Radar Corporation, typing orders for U.S. armed forces during World War II. In the fall of that year she attended Stephens College for Women in Columbia, Missouri.
In 1945, Gloria came home to the West that she loved so much by attending the University of Wyoming. A decision that academic life was not for her, and the renewal of an old acquaintance, led Gloria back to Soda Springs and marriage to Donald R. Shufeldt in June 1947. For the next 18 years Don and Glo led the farming life and were blessed with four children: Sharon, Corkee, Cindy and Rick.
In June 1965 the family moved to Jackson Hole, where Don and Gloria operated The Rawhide Motel.
After Don’s death Gloria continued to operate the motel for another 14 years before selling and retiring. After 20 years of semiretirement in a home just off Teton Village Road, Gloria “downsized” and returned home to Idaho.
This time she chose Pocatello and spent the next 16 years enjoying being near Corkee and Norman.
Gloria was always curious, and her curiosity benefited many organizations. She was involved with 4-H, Girl Scouts, VP of Soda Springs Golf Club, The Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Job’s Daughters. She was a Past Matron of Golden Rod Chapter #64 Order of the Eastern Star, president of the Soroptimist Club of Jackson and secretary of the Wyoming Motel-Hotel Association, Jackson.
Gloria loved driving fast and had the best cars. She was a proud owner of Ralph Nader’s nemesis, the Corvair. She sported around in a Camaro and had a blast driving her Datsun 280Z. Becoming a grandmother meant car seats and more sedate modes of transportation but even those she did with style. Her black Cadillac was never not clean, always shiny and ready to roar.
Her gardens, through the years, were her pride and joy. She possessed a unique creative spirit that was meant for plants and flowers. Along with gardening, Gloria became quite an artist, leaving cherished paintings for her children and grandchildren. Another of her greatest gifts was cooking and hosting family dinners to rival five-star restaurants. She loved books and was a voracious reader. Through the years she was a fisherwoman, golfer, volunteer, advice giver, listener and cheerleader.
Most of all, Gloria enjoyed her family and her many friends. She has been described as “feisty,” “intimidating” and “classy.” She should also be described as “loving, “creative” and “fair.” She loved life.
Gloria is survived by daughters Corkee (Norman) Rogers, of Tetonia, Idaho, and Cindy Ferrell, of Pocatello, Idaho; son Rick Shufeldt (Renee), of Ruidoso, New Mexico; and six grandchildren and their spouses: Eric and Natalie Rogers, of Novato, California; Robin and Kevin Bernhart, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Aimee and Mike Crook, of Jackson; Aaron and Tiffany Ferrell, of Pocatello; Sierra and Zack Bomer, of Pueblo, Colorado; and Sam Shufeldt, of Grand Prairie, Texas. She is also survived by four great-grandsons: Brandon and Cameron Crook, Hunter Bernhart and Josef Bomer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, daughter Sharon, grandson Scott, her parents, brothers Dick and Shoup and sister, Carolyn.
Viewing will be held on March 12 and services on March 13 under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home in Pocatello with interment in the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs, Idaho.
Donations can be made to the Children’s Heart Foundation, 5 Revere Dr. One Northbrook Place, Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062-1500; ChildrensHeartFoundation.org.
We want to acknowledge and thank the staff at Copper Summit Assisted Care where she resided the last years of her life. We couldn’t have asked for a more loving and caring facility.