Gloria Kofoed Callister passed away on March 21, 2023. She was born on October 30, 1934, to Eugene A. Kofoed and Lillie Jensen Kofoed in Preston, Idaho. Gloria was the sixth of eight children. She married William S Callister on July 31, 1953, in Preston. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple.

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Gloria was a bookkeeper, a special needs bus aide, and a special needs teacher’s aide. She loved the special needs kids that she saw every day and they loved her. She would talk often of the kids and their exploits.

Gloria was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life. She had many callings in her lifetime and did them all to the best of her ability. She was a blazer leader, a guide patrol leader, a ward camp director, a stake camp director as well as working in the young women’s program. She coached basketball and volleyball with the young women. She was always up for some shenanigans with the youth and was full of fun.

Gloria loved to be involved with her nieces and nephews. She loved the campouts and reunions with her family. Water fights were her specialty and she never backed down. She even had a water fight on her wedding day with her soon to be brother-in-law. She was always full of life and fun.

Gloria was an amazing mother to her kids, Chris, Debbie, and Mike. She had 18 grandchildren and 27 Great-grandchildren. She loved her family fiercely and would do anything she could for them. She was also a mother and grandmother to many friends and neighbors. Gloria was well loved by all who knew her.

Throughout her life, no matter what came her way, including losing an infant daughter, Gloria never lost her faith and trust in Jesus Christ. She was an example of righteousness, kindness, and faithfulness to all those around her.

We would like to thank the many wonderful friends and neighbors who loved and cared for her as she grew older. These kind people allowed her to be independent but also to be watched over. She dearly loved those special friends.

Gloria was preceded in death by her dear husband William S Callister, her daughter Jaqueline, her parents Eugene, and Lillie Kofoed, and her seven siblings and their spouses.

She is survived by her children Christine (Jim) Smith, Deborah (Michael) Guymon, and Michael (Tauna) Callister along with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be a viewing on April 7, 2023, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the church located at 3315 W 5620 S in Taylorsville, UT. The funeral service will be on April 8, 2023, with a viewing from 9:30-10:45 am with the service to begin at 11:00. She will be interred at the Redwood Memorial Cemetery immediately following services.


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Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Mar 31, 2023

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Aunt Gloria, thank you and may you rest in peace!!

Linda , west jordan, UT, US Apr 01, 2023

Aunt Gloria, thank you and may you rest in peace!!

Linda , west jordan, UT, US Apr 01, 2023