|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1936|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 2010|
Daughter of Fred and Grace Yates.
Friend of all Friends ~
Gloria Arlene Castonguay passed away peacefully on September 26, 2010 at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin, Oregon surrounded by family and friends.
Gloria was a devoted mother, loving grandmother, and adored friend. If there was a social gathering
Gloria would want to be there. Gloria instantly became friends with everyone she met and was loved by all. She always made time for everybody and made people feel they were the most important person in the world. When people called her she would answer by saying "I was just thinking about you". Her smile and laugh along with her selfless care for others will keep the memory of her alive in the hearts of all those who loved her.
Gloria was born on March 20, 1936 in Watseka, Illinois to Fred and Grace Yates. She had seven brothers and was the only girl in the family. She was especially fond of her father. She spoke adoringly of him all of her life, and she honored his memory by making his favorite meal, oyster stew, every year on his birthday.
In high school, Gloria emerged as the social butterfly she was meant to be. She played the drums in the school band, and performed in her high school theatre productions. She also served as a candy striper at the local hospital. Occasionally, Gloria and co-conspirator Mary Lee would "borrow" the family car and sneak off to Chicago to look for fun.
Gloria attended the University of Illinois before settling down and starting her family. Terry, her first child, was born in 1955. Her sons Brad (1957) and Brian (1961) completed the family. She was a very proud stay-at-home Mom and devoted herself to raising her children.
The family moved to Lake Oswego in 1970. Gloria spent her children's teenage years watching them participate in various sports activities and driving them all over the Northwest to play in junior golf events. She was part of the ladies 9 hole group at Oswego Lake Country Club, and in her spare time she served as a probation officer for Multnomah County.
With the kid's going off to college Gloria started a career as a real estate agent in Lake Oswego. She started selling houses in 1979 and was active in real estate until health issues forced her to retire in 2007. During her career she was a frequent member of the Portland Metro Association of Realtors Million Dollar Club.
While selling real estate Gloria moved in with her daughter Terry to help her with childcare while Terry worked. The arrangement worked so well Gloria lived with Terry for the rest of her life. Gloria loved being with her daughter and being there to love and take care of her children.
Gloria loved being a grandmother and was affectionately known as GG by all of her grandchildren. She was a favorite of all the grand kids who loved her youthful enthusiasm and playful spirit. She loved to buy gifts for all the grandchildren, and, of course, the grand kids loved receiving gifts from their GG.
Gloria is survived by her children Terry, Brad, and Brian, her son-in-law Brad Pickens, daughters-in-law Jackie Castonguay and Nancy Castonguay, her grandchildren Kirsten, Sarah, Chelsea, Caitlin, Kellen, Eric, and Spencer.
Celebration of Life
Monday, October 4, 2010
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
West Linn Lutheran Church
20390 Willamette Dr.
West Linn, OR 97068
Private interment to follow
Oswego Pioneer Cemetery
Oswego Pioneer Cemetery
Created by: Bill Myers
Record added: Apr 27, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 109584722