Gloria Black

9/20/1947 ~ 2/21/2023

On February 21, 2023, Gloria Winifred Broughton Black, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, auntie, and friend, passed away surrounded by love from her family.

Gloria was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England on September 20, 1947 to Joshua and Winifred Broughton; she was the youngest of three children. Her mother passed away when Gloria was 5 years old. Her father remained single and focused his devotion and efforts on raising Gloria and her brothers Graham and Malcolm. Gloria loved her father and told stories of his sacrifices for her and her brothers. She also told stories of how she felt safe walking in Manchester at night because of the protection of her brother Graham’s reputation and because her brother Malcolm was always close by.

Gloria’s love for the Savior, Jesus Christ began very early in life. She became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the young age of 12. She truly loved her family and although she was reluctant to leave her family in Manchester, she followed the spiritual promptings that led her to Canada at the age 19 and later the United States. Her love for the Savior and desire to follow His promptings, lead the spiritual journey that framed the rest of her life.

She adventured and explored Canada from East to West. While attending church in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada she met the love of her life, John Kenneth Black. They were married for time and all eternity in the Oakland California Temple on May 6, 1969. They enjoyed many adventures together moving from British Columbia to Ontario and back to British Columbia again. They later moved to Utah, ultimately settling in Spring City.

Gloria was the mother of three children, Shawn, Rachel, and Stephen. She had 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Gloria loved life and loved people. She had an adventurous spirit. Those who knew Gloria were blessed with pure love and true friendship. Gloria was naturally friendly and vivaciously outgoing. She not only made friends, but ran into old friends everywhere she went. She could talk to everyone she met. She enjoyed traveling with her family and friends.

She served in various capacities in the church, but especially loved serving with the youth. She worked in the American Fork hospital while living in Pleasant Grove, Utah. When she moved to Spring City, she enjoyed working as a teacher’s assistant in special education for several years. She loved and talked about her students with special needs and bright spirits.

Gloria loved genealogy work and spent many hours exploring her ancestry and making and renewing connections to her family.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband John Kenneth Black; her children Shawn (Karen) Black, Rachel (Christopher) Olson, Stephen (Amy) Black; her grandchildren Rowan (Taylor) Joseph, Wyatt, Anaka, and Shawn Logan Black, Annie

(Jairus) Larsen, Jack (Allisen), Joshua, and Maxwell Olson, Nyla Rees-Black, and Bailey Simpson; and her great grandchildren Gwen and Joel Joseph.

The viewing will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, March 3, 2023 and 9:00-10:30 AM on Saturday, March 4, 2023. The funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 164 S Main Street, Spring City, Utah. Gloria W. Black will be laid to rest in the Spring City, Utah cemetery on March 4, 2023.

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18 Responses to “Gloria Black”

  1. Dear Black family;
    We were saddened to hear of Gloria’s passing. What a wonderful wife and mother she was. Her accent was perfect to listen to. I enjoyed her company, especially at the Temple. She is in very good hands now. As always Families are Forever. Love from far away. Gail Cloward, Warrensburg Missouri

  2. Brenda Aagard says:

    So sad to hear of Gloria’s passing. I worked with her at the High School for many years and absolutely loved her. Sending prayers for peace and comfort for her dear family. She was such a sweetheart and will truly be missed.

  3. Kaye Watson says:

    I am having a hard time adjusting to the thought that Gloria isn’t on the earth any more and keep wanting to call her to talk for a while (especially when John wasn’t home)! I won’t forget all the time I spent researching her family and feel like I will know them someday too. As she shared things about her days in England and Canada and Pleasant Grove I felt like I could walk down those streets and see local scenes. We had fun walking together for a while with a couple of other sisters and should have continued.
    Gloria gave a lot of service to community and church that I hope isn’t forgotten. Blessings to you John, I know somewhat of the way you will feel in the coming months and years, and of course the rest of the family too! It’s not an easy road to travel.

  4. Brandt and Nancy Henderson says:

    Dear John and Family
    We are so saddened and shocked to hear the news of Gloria’s passing.
    spoke with your sister Judy last night and we were remembering your visits with
    Gloria to Paris.
    We are so sorry and send our love and prayers
    Gloria was a beautiful lady and will be missed, remembered always,
    as we hold her memories close.
    Thinking of you and your family at this time
    Take care
    Brandt and Nancy Henderson

  5. Teri Morris says:

    Dear Family, I knew Gloria for a short time through TOPS. I loved her happy and positive personality, I will miss seeing her there and when I plant my tomato plants I will remember her wonderful salsa made out of the tomato’s I gave her.

  6. Dear family,I was sorry to hear of your mothers passing. she always had a smile on her face and willing to help you in any way she could. My thought’s and prayer’s are with you at this time.

  7. John and family, we’re so sorry to hear of Gloria passing away. She was a lovely lady and I know how she loved you and you loved her. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. When you have loved and been loved in return then you are indeed blessed. My dear sister Gloria enjoyed these feelings in abundance throughout her life from her family, her church and her charitable work. Rest in gentle peace Little Sister your light will always shine. Love from Big Brother Graham and all The Broughton Family xxx❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. Stacey Black says:

    My beautiful wonderful aunt Glo. She was amazing and had a way of lighting up the lives of those around her with her fun and loving, kind, caring personality. She loved getting those around her to laugh no matter the mood they were in, she always had a way to get them to smile!!!!! I love you and miss you so much already aunt Glo!!!!!! I will forever cherish and remember all the wonderful memories we have together my sweet aunt glo!!!!! Until we meet again!!!!! Say hi to the family up there for me and give Great grandma Black a big hug and kiss for me!!!!!!! Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you all up there!!!! Gone but never forgotten!!!!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  10. Mike Jacklin says:

    I’m sorry to read of Gloria leaving this mortal life, my condolences to all of you that she left behind.

  11. Adam Burningham says:

    Moving back to Spring City back in 2000 was made so much more comfortable by the Black’s kindness and bona-fide local attitudes of self-reliance and openly welcoming acts of service and, one can never forget, the gift of a bit of irrigation water until we could buy some as ours had been sold off of the lot before we bought the house.
    John and Geo were always right there with words of encouragement and humble advice while we stumbled through rejuvenating our desertified lot and the remaining parched trees, and their influence while we raised our large family of wild children was irreplaceable.
    While we were perhaps helped to endure this inevitable day of sad loss by Glo and John moving up the street and away from our back fence, we never really forgave them for the abandonment! At least it was only up the way a bit, and now I’m not sure how we’ll get on without her influence in the community and our own lives.
    Best to you, John and all, and we again thank you for including us in your rich, adventurous lives. We have hope that such losses will all make sense some day, and until then, we’ll continue to hold Glo in our hearts until then.

  12. Melissa Olson says:

    I am so very sorry for the Black family. Gloria and John are some of the sweetest people. My heart broke for John when we talked today. I’ve had some great conversations with Gloria. 🖤

  13. Graham Broughton says:

    When you have loved and been loved in return, then you are indeed blessed. Gloria enjoyed this feeling in abundance throughout her life.

    From her Family, her Church, and her charitable work.

    Rest in Peace Little Sister. Your light will always shine.

    From Big Brother Graham and all The Broughton Family in the UK.

  14. Judie, Robert, Jimmy says:

    With heartfelt sympathy from sister Judie, Brother Jimmy and Great Nephew Robert. We will sadly miss her. Our thoughts are with our Utah family at this difficult time!! God give you the strength you need and blessings on you all!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤

  15. Lesley says:

    I’ve known Glo since we were young teenagers in Manchester England when we emigrated to Canada together . Such a shock. She was my best friend and was good to me. My thoughts and love to John and the children.

  16. Janice Black says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Olson family and the Black family with the loss of our Aunt sister cousin wife mother grandmother Gloria Olson. My deepest condolences go out to friends and family of Gloria Olson at this difficult time. She was a amazing woman, she was a loving caring mother to her children Rachel Shawn and Stephen. Also she was a loving caring wife to my Uncle Johnny. She had a way to light up a room when she entered with her beautiful smile.
    Gone but never forgotten Xoxo xoxo xoxo xoxo
    RIP Aunt Gloria/Glo.
    I love you and miss you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  17. Lee Richards says:

    John, you are aware of the words, “…let your light so shine…” As I sat in the funeral today hearing the endearing references to “Glo” who I always called Gloria, I though how appropriate that nick name! Glow. Gloria, Glo, glowed by letting her light so shine to blessed the lives of all within her influence. Her faith in Heavenly Father and her Savior Jesus Christ was always clear, full of joy, hope and love. Glow. Glo. Gloria! May Heavenly Father’s peace and comfort be upon you and your wonderful family at this time. Warmest love and affection to you two dear friends. Lee Richards

  18. Terry and Anne Olsen says:

    John and family,even though we live in Canada Gloria felt like she was our warm and friendly neighbor. We really enjoyed your stay with us.Many great heartfelt conversations and we will miss your smile and laugh. You were John’s soul mate and our love goes out to him and the family. Our heartfelt condolences.Terry, Anne and Shelley