Jean Walter

Monday, April 19, 2010

Jean Gloria Walter, 86, of Indian Cove, passed away on April 16, 2010, at a Glenns Ferry care center.

At her request, no formal services will be held. A gathering will be held at a later date to laugh, sing, eat and drink and remember Bucky, Gloria and Tom. Cremation was under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.

Gloria was born Jan. 17, 1924, in the mining town of Cambria, Wyo. She grew up in the mining towns in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, working in a series of miners camps with her extended family, feeding the workers.

She met Kenneth W. Walter, a railroad worker at the time, shortly before the start of World War II and during his tour of duty, they were married in San Lorenzo, Calif., on March 19, 1945.

After a brief career with his father-in-law flying the mail route from Boise to Idaho Falls, Kenneth (Bucky) took Gloria back to California where he served a 27-year career with the California Highway Patrol, retiring as a sergeant in 1975. Gloria worked as a legal secretary for most of her career while raising two sons, Tom and Mike.

Ken and Gloria moved back to Boise and then to Indian Cove in 1975, where they resided until Bucky's death in 1999. Gloria remained on the family place until her health failed in 2006, when she took up residence in Poplar Grove in Glenns Ferry.

She was an incredibly kind and generous woman whose world revolved around her family, in particular her two grandsons, Ben and Sam.

Mom loved to dance and could almost always be found where one or both of her sons were playing music. Her spare time was filled with gardening, baking, fly fishing, and following the grandsons to every sport they were involved in, and even some they weren't. She was blessed with generations of love and family.

Gloria is survived by a son, Mike, and his wife, Debbie, of Indian Cove, grandson Ben and wife Brianna, of Nampa, with great-grandson Jayce, grandson Sam and his wife, Serina, of Caldwell ,with great-granddaughter Cortney, and extended family throughout Idaho, California and Utah. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas, and his wife, Gwen, her parents, R.H. Bendio and Helen Bendio, her brother, R.H. Bendio, Jr., and her husband of 54 years, Kenneth W. (Bucky) Walter.