May 17, 1947 – July 25, 2019
Gloria Ann (Nafus) Fairbanks passed away in La Cañada about 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, July 25, in the same home where 52 years earlier she was married to Ronald Fairbanks. Gloria and Ron are the parents of three sons, Trevor, Todd and Christopher. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 17, 1947 and grew up in Copperton, Utah.
Gloria was bright, well-read and had a delightful sense of humor and a heart filled with love for her family and for youth. Because of her abilities and devotion, she touched the lives of literally thousands of young people over the years. Gloria served as the PTA president in three local schools: Mountain Avenue Elementary, Rosemont Middle School and Crescenta Valley High School. In 1994, she was an integral part of the planning and development of the first Prom Plus for CVHS that, for the last 25 years, has provided teens with a place of fun and safety following their senior prom. She also was instrumental in the organization of the first library at Mountain Avenue where she served as the volunteer librarian and then as an assistant librarian at Wilson Junior High School and Glendale High School, working with Principal James Harvey, who she greatly respected. She was there during the Northridge Earthquake of 1994, which required a lot of clean up at the school. Her continued devotion to young people was also evident in her time spent as an assistant den mother in her sons’ Cub Scout troops.
Gloria was a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints and taught in the women’s organization of the Relief Society for many years.
Graveside services are being held today, Thursday, Aug. 1 in Lehi, Utah where Gloria’s family members have been laid to rest, including her beloved maternal grandmother.