Gloria J. Pereda, age 70 passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 in her home in Casper, WY after a courageous fight against lung cancer. A small service was held for her on January 8, 2021 at Newcomer’s Funeral Home.
Gloria was born to Jesus and Felipa Manzanarez on January 6, 1950 in Laramie, WY and was the oldest of their five children. The family of seven soon made its way to Casper, WY where Gloria went to school. She attended Kelly Walsh High School and was part of the graduating class in 1968. Gloria also attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching.
Long before Gloria was old enough to be gainfully employed, she worked to ensure the success of the fuel service station that her father started. She returned to the family business (Jess’s Husky and Travel Center) several years after graduating from UW, where she worked for about 20 years. As a Jill of all trades, she did everything from accounting to payroll and inventory to cashiering duties. She was the hard-working, devoted rock that kept the heart and soul of the business running until her father retired.
With a passion for teaching in her soul, Gloria moved on to become a Spanish teacher at Natrona County High School where she taught for over 25 years. As a teacher, she touched numerous lives and she lit up whenever she talked about her students. She loved to travel and as a chaperone, she took many of her students on trips to numerous Spanish-speaking countries. She often spoke of those trips as some of the memories she held most dear.
Gloria was a fiercely independent and strong woman. She was an amazingly hard worker who would not stop until the job was done. She was a devoted mother of two daughters and she also lovingly helped raise one of her nieces. She loved her husband, music, travel, art, and reading. She was devoted to her family. She was loved greatly and she will be missed tremendously.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, John Oakley of Casper, WY daughter Lorrina Zwetzig of Douglas, WY, daughter Carissa Pereda of Boise, ID and her grandchildren Brynn and Brodie Zwetzig, and Celia and Mariana Pereda.
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