Aug. 13, 1935-Aug. 10, 2019
Gloria Winona Mantha (née Kingrey) died peacefully at Barrett Memorial Hospital following a brief struggle with cancer, on August 10, 2019, in Dillon, Montana, at the age of 83.
Gloria is survived by her children: Clifford Neil (Deborah) Mantha of Dillon; Leta Ilene Mantha Brown of Missoula; and Bruce Earl Mantha of Sheridan; grandchildren: Rhian (Jenny) Mantha; Jordan (Shanon) Mantha; Trevor (Amanda Fries) Brown; Megan Brown; David (Becky) Mantha; Olivia Mantha; Alina Mantha; and Colin (Rachel) Mantha; great-grandchildren: Anne Mantha; Hunter Mantha; and Daniel Mantha; brother Edwin Kingrey; and sisters Ethel and Fay. Gloria is preceded in death by her husband Paul Warren Mantha, son Timothy Joe Mantha, as well as three brothers and three sisters.
Gloria was born the seventh of nine children on August 13, 1935, to Edward and Anna Kingrey. She was delivered in the home of her grandmother, Jane Talbott of Twin Bridges, who acted as midwife. From the age of three years, Gloria was raised by her grandparents, Bert and Jane Talbott. She attended school, graduating from Twin Bridges High School in 1953. She married Paul on February 4, 1955, at Christ’s Episcopal Church in Sheridan, Montana. After living in Twin Bridges, Dillon, and Wenatchee, WA, Paul and Gloria finally settled in Sheridan, where they had been married.
Gloria grew up to be an accomplished seamstress, creating wardrobes, prom dresses, wedding ensembles, and tailoring clothes for family and friends. For many years, she sewed for RL Winston Rod Co. of Twin Bridges. Gloria worked for Ruby Valley Hospital for 35 years doing a variety of jobs and holding several positions, including X-ray Technician and Surgical Aide. On the side, she house-sat and took care of many beloved pets throughout Madison County, extending this business through retirement.
Gloria was loving and kind, humble and non-judgmental, caring and giving. Gloria was very industrious with a servant’s heart and she was always available to help those in any kind of need in the community, including friends of the 4-legged kind. She was so quick to think of something other than herself. Gloria was a silent, but mighty, gift to humanity. Her memory will continue to live on in many hearts and minds. She will be missed.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 7th at the Twin Bridges High School multi-purpose room, with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gloria’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Camp Mak-A-Dream at www.campdream.org.