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Gloria Elaine (Silva/Hetts) Stear, 85, of Meridian died on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at a local care center. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Southern Baptist Church, 689 S. Fisher, Blackfoot, ID. Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian.
Gloria was born Jan. 21, 1927 in Stoughton, MA to John and Maria (Gregorio) Silva. Her parents immigrated from Maderia, Portugal but met and married in Stoughton MA where they raised their family - John, Lilliana, Miki, Bernard (Lucky), Kay, Gloria and Gabriel.
Gloria worked modeling in her teenage years as well at the local riding stable from which she acquired and maintained a lifelong love and passion for horses and riding. She married Earl R. Hetts and from this union had three children: Michael D. (Janet) Hetts, Tracy (Russ) Mattox and Mark Hetts. After living in Artesia Colorado, Earl and Gloria made their home in Boise, Idaho. Gloria became close friends with her neighbor Martha Burroughs and the two have been lifelong best friends ever since.
Earl and Gloria divorced in 1962 and Gloria spent the next 14 years as a single parent raising Michael, Mark and Tracy. In 1972, she met Wayne Stear when Tracy joined the Eh-Capa Bareback Riders â€“ a precision horseback drill team Wayne had started in the Boise area. In 1974 Gloria and Wayne were married. Wayne had three sons, twins David (Reva) and Daniel (Sandy) Stear and Wade Stear. David and Daniel lived with Wayne and Gloria in their early 20â€™s after both serving in the US Navy and Army in Vietnam. Wade lived in Nebraska with his mother Jo.
In 1978, Wayne and Gloria moved to Blackfoot, Idaho where they bought a 40 acre farm. They promptly built a barn and arena then started the Ti-Tonka Bareback Riders â€“ a youth precision drill team that performed throughout the west at rodeos and fairs. They also adopted foster son Al (Joanna) Kastillo and raised him to adulthood.
Gloria worked as a Court Clerk and Transcriptionist for the Ada County Traffic Court prior to moving to Blackfoot. She then worked in Blackfoot as the City Clerk and in her later years prior to retirement, worked at the Secretary/Office Manager at the Blackfoot Waste Water Treatment Center.
Gloria lovingly cared for Wayne through his battle with lung cancer until he passed away. She loved her farm in Blackfoot dearly. Because of her giving nature, a heart as big as the Idaho Mountains, filled with love as the open skies, that she freely shared, she made numerous friends, nieces and nephews â€śof the heartâ€ť to whom she was lovingly known as Grammy Glo or Aunt Glo.
Gloria was always full of life, despite adversities faced; she worked hard and found the joy in the journey. She loved to dance, have fun, and all who knew her, knew well to say â€śNOâ€ť when she would ask â€śTu que palmada de cooâ€ť Portuguese for â€śYou want a swat on the bottom!â€ť
Gloria is survived by her children; grandchildren: Adam Hetts, Jon Hetts, Caleb Mattox, Gabrielle Mattox, Kathy (Roy) Akerstrom, Travis (Audrey) Stear, Elizabeth, Rebecca McClellan, and Kamari Hofine, great-grandchildren: Dakota, Jordan, Trenton, Zachary, Kylie, Katana, Mia. She was preceded in death by her 6 brothers and sisters: John, Lucky, Gabriel, Lil, Miki and Kay; her husband, Wayne Stear, former husband Earl Hetts, adopted son Al Kastillo, and "treasured daughter-in-law" Reva Stear.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gloriaâ€™s name to the Eh-Capa Bareback Riders, PO Box 744 Nampa, ID 83653. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com.