Gloria Ann Okazaki |

Gloria Ann Okazaki

Gloria Ann Okazaki, 73, recently of Glenwood Springs, won her battle with cancer when she passed away peacefully on January 27, 2015, in her home.

Gloria was born March 3, 1941, in Poplar, Montana, to Melvin and Marian (McEachern) Buckles. There she also spent her youth, was married, and gave birth to her two children, Kimberly Carol and James Michael. She later moved to Denver, where she married Ken Okazaki, her beloved husband of 32 years.

She worked for 30 years as a unit secretary in the emergency room at Lutheran Hospital in Arvada. After her husband’s death 3 years ago, she relocated to Glenwood Springs to be near her family.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Ken McGraw of Glenwood Springs, grandson Michael McGraw of Lakewood, Colorado, and granddaughter Annie Rose McGraw of Greeley, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and her son.

Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was a member of The Orchard church in Carbondale, Colorado, after moving to Glenwood Springs. She is also a member of the Fork Peck Sioux/Assiniboine Indian Tribe in Poplar, Montana, where she was born.

She will be remembered for her happy heart, sense of humor, generosity, zest for life, her love for her family, and her steadfast faith in the grace of God, which carried her to the end.

Cremation has taken place, but a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to Hospice of the Valley in Glenwood Springs or the Calaway Cancer Center.

She will be terribly missed.

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