|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1931|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 2006|
Salt Lake County
Gloria Ashby Rupp, beloved wife of Wally Rupp, passed away on January 3, 2006 at home with her family in Taylorsville.
Gloria was born to Rodney Anthony Ashby and Arvilla Bennett on January 5, 1931 in Provo, Utah. Her character was shaped by a childhood in Kane, Washington, and Salt Lake counties, along with the influence of the extended Ashby and Bennett families. She and Wally met topping sugar beets during World War II and were married February 10, 1951 at Fort Riley, Kansas. The marriage was solemnized a month later in the Salt Lake Temple. Gloria and Wally are a wonderful couple beloved by all who know them and recognized for their love and fierce loyalty to each other and to their family. The life Gloria lived flowed from the love and mutual support so clearly shown in their marriage. She left a very clear benchmark of expectations in this life and anticipation of further teachings and examples in the life to come.
Gloria is survived by her husband of 54 years; Wallace George Rupp, their nine children: Stephen Wallace (Vickie) Rupp of Bountiful; Larry Ashby (Chris) Rupp of Hyde Park; Darrell Ashby (Cheryl) Rupp of Morgan; Carl Ashby (Estela) Rupp of Murray; Lyle Ashby (Janet) Rupp of Cincinnati, Ohio; Gayle (Jed) Black of Palo Alto, California; Norman Ashby (LeeAnn) Rupp of Lehi; Gordon Ashby Rupp of Taylorsville; and Aaron Ashby (Stephanie) Rupp of Salt Lake City; 34 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her brothers Kay B. Ashby of Paradise, California; Garth R. Ashby of Danville, California; and Howard B. Ashby of Spokane, Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Renon, brother Malan, and granddaughter Debby Rupp.
Our mom loved taking classes and was accompanied by a proud husband and eight children when she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in 1971. By the time she completed her master's degree in 1975 she had also added her ninth and last child. Her degrees were in education from the University of Utah, where she became a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Kappa Phi. Professionally she worked as an elementary school teacher and principal (Academy Park and Oakridge Elementary Schools) in the Granite School District for 26 years. She served as President of the Granite Association of Elementary School Principals in 1989, was given the District's Distinguished Principal Award in 1993 and 1995, and was recognized as a National Distinguished Principal in 1995. She was also Administrator of the Year in 1989 and 1995, and was further recognized among the University of Utah, Department of Special Education, Outstanding Alumni in 1993. While mom was an indefatigable scholar and educator, her talents were not limited to those pursuits. As a young woman she also worked as a model, was recognized as Miss Sugarhouse, and later as Mrs. Utah for 1955.
Mom was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her entire life. She served in multiple callings in the Church and carefully taught her children the gospel. The fruits of those teachings include all nine children serving missions, all eight sons earning Eagle Scout awards, and Gayle earning her Young Womanhood Recognition Award. Those teachings have extended to the next generation with her grandchildren earning 10 Eagle Scout and eight Young Woman awards, and all eligible grandsons having served missions. To paraphrase the stripling warriors, we do not doubt our mother knew the truth of the gospel.
Funeral services will be Saturday, January 7 at 12:00 p.m. in the Taylorsville 20th Ward Chapel located at 3120 West 4700 South in Taylorsville, Utah. Friends may call Friday, January 6 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, and at the chapel from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Interment, Valley View Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank the staff at First Choice Hospice for the compassionate and professional care provided.
Salt Lake Tribune, January 5, 2006, Page B7
Rodney Anthony Ashby (1905 - 1971)
Arvilla Bennett Ashby (1903 - 1979)
Gordon Bennett Ashby (1928 - 1928)*
Gloria Ashby Rupp (1931 - 2006)
Malen Bennett Ashby (1934 - 2004)*
Valley View Memorial Park
West Valley City
Salt Lake County
Maintained by: Bonnie Huish
Originally Created by: Barbara Anne Potter
Record added: Aug 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29053029