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Gloria Jean Kester

July 2, 1948 - May 21, 2020

A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Gloria Jean (Henry) Kester, 71, passed away May 21, 2020, at the Monument Health Rapid City Hospital. Gloria was born July 2, 1948, in Huron, SD, to Winfield and Maxine (Anderson) Henry. She attended school in Huron and graduated from Huron High School in 1967. Gloria married Jerry Momyer June 7, 1970, and they settled in Huron where she gave birth to her only child, Raquel. They moved to North Ft. Myers, FL, where Jerry later died in 1980. Gloria moved to Hill City, SD and married Ray Kester, May 2, 1987, in Custer. They lived in Custer, Rapid City and moved recently to Upton, WY.
Gloria was a childcare provided for her sister’s children and later provided care and support for her mother and grand children. She was also a dietary aide for the Huron Nursing Home.
Gloria loved the outdoors and the abundant animal life in South Dakota and Wyoming.
Most of all, she loved her family. Her greatest joys in life were her husband, Ray, her daughter Raquel and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Her kind and loving spirit will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Gloria is survived by her husband, Ray; Daughter, Raquel Merritt, Upton, WY; Sisters, Gayle Black, Rapid City, and Marilyn (Lowell) Arwood, Fairfax Station, VA; Grandchildren, Amber (John) Ryan, Brittney Crackel, Bailey (Wyatt) Perkins, and three great grandchildren, Skyler Teaver, Taylor Perkins and Sawyer Perkins, all of Upton, WY.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, sister, Kaye Nelson, and infant grandson, Joseph Crackel.

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