Gloria Ruth Peterson Yates, 90, of Gunnison, Utah, passed away Feb. 2, 2022 in Centerfield, Utah.
She was born July 2, 1931 to Charles Lorenzo and Louise Hackwell Peterson in Ephraim, Utah, the second of four children.
Gloria’s early childhood was spent in Monticello, Boulder, and Summit Point, Utah. She attended a one-room school, grades 1-8, in Boulder. The family moved to Gunnison Valley around 1940, and she graduated from Gunnison Valley High School in 1949.
She worked as a secretary for Vearl A. Peterson Chevrolet until 1958, when she moved to Salt Lake City and worked as a secretary for Streator Chevrolet and became office manager for many years.
She met J. Mac Yates while he was the shop manager at Fred A. Carlson’s Cadillac, across the street from Streator’s, and they were married on Sept. 6, 1964. Their marriage was solemnized in the Jordan River Temple on Nov. 17, 1984. Mac preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 2016.
Gloria and Mac lived in Murray in the early years of their marriage and spent much of their free time at Flaming Gorge camping and fishing. They also hunted deer in 12 Mile Canyon. In 1980, Gloria started working for South Jordan City, where they built a home on a large piece of ground.
They enjoyed gardening, raising chickens, and canning the produce from their garden and orchard. Gloria also supported Mac in his many craft projects.
In 2007 they started their last big project—building another new home—and moved to Gunnison in Oct. 2008. They moved into Mission at Community Living Center in Aug. 2016, shortly before Mac’s passing.
Gloria loved cooking, baking and hosting large family dinners. She also was an excellent seamstress and sewed clothes for her nieces and nephews.
Her world revolved around her husband, Mac, and her nieces and nephews. She was dearly loved and will be missed.
Gloria is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brothers, Charles H., Lee and Ivan.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Magleby Mortuary, Manti. Interment services will follow in the Gunnison Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.