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Gloria Barfuss

June 20, 1940 — October 29, 2020

Gloria Barfuss

Elsinore, Utah

We regret to announce the passing of our sweet mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Gloria Workman Barfuss, on October 29, 2020, surrounded by her family at her home in Elsinore. She was born in Delta on June 20, 1940, to Edna Horne and Meltiar Hatch Workman. She graduated from Delta High School in May 1958.

After graduating from high school, Gloria attended Brigham Young University. She went to work at Thiokol Chemical Corporation, in their personnel department, as a secretary for 1½ years. She enjoyed this respite from her school studies and met many good friends.

When gazing over the attendance at a large introduction group at BYU, she was impressed that her future husband was also in attendance at the meeting, and all she had to do was find him among the thousands there. She met Dan Barfuss during her senior year, and they later married on July 12, 1963, in the Manti Temple. Gloria graduated from BYU in May 1963. At this time, she taught for a year in the business department at Delta High School.

January 1965 found them in Blanding, UT, where Dan began his teaching career and Gloria began her career as a mother (her favorite career). To this union were born the following children: Dan Christian Barfuss Jr., David Charles Barfuss, Dale Craig Barfuss, Doriene Carol Barfuss (Watkins). She then taught classes at BYU while working on her master’s degree, which she received in May 1972.

After her oldest child, Chris, was 12 years old, she returned to teaching to help provide enough money to raise her family of 4 children. She began teaching for the College of Eastern Utah, San Juan campus, in the business department. This position began her love of teaching students the art of business-related subjects. While there, she co-authored with, Liz Beth Guymon Sharp, the following student textbooks: Word Processing, WordPerfect, versions 1-5, Super Calc, Database, Basic Language and Pascal Language. They served on a committee for the State Board of Education on Word Processing.

In 1993, she had to take a medical retirement as her life of being a victim of Parkinson’s Disease took her attention. She spent the rest of her life raising her family and doing genealogy. She and Dan traveled to many places in the United States gathering genealogy records. They loved this phase of their life and made many friends. When she could no longer handle traveling, she began a 20-year project of compiling the history of her grandfather Joseph Smith Horne, including a section on the children and grand children (hoping this would once again cause an appreciation of this great pioneer and founder of Richfield and Sevier County, as well as produce a uniting of the Horne family.

She is survived by her husband; children: Dan "Chris" (Amy) Barfuss Jr., David (Sandy) Barfuss, Dale "Craig" (Marie) Barfuss, Doriene (Carl) Watkins; 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way; and her siblings: Dale Workman and Eileen Ashby.

Gloria is preceded in death by her parents: Meltiar Hatch Workman and Edna Horne Workman; and her siblings; Grant Workman, Beth Atkins, Merlin Workman, Ruth Leavitt.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in the Central Valley 2nd Ward on 65 North Main Street. Friends may call prior to services from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Interment will be held in the Delta City Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Live streaming of the services and an online guestbook will be available at under Gloria’s obituary. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.

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