Gloria Mae Rigby Seamons

November 12, 1938 ~ April 23, 2021

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April 30, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
555 W. 11200 S. Woodland Hills, UT 84653
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  • Service:

    May 1, 2021
    10:30 AM
    555 W. 11200 S. Woodland Hills, UT 84653
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  • Gloria Mae Rigby Seamons, 82, passed away peacefully on 23 April 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee, the day before her grandson’s wedding. Her beloved Terry was by her side. She is preceded in death by her brother James Lester Rigby and her parents Lester Sheets Rigby and Blanche Elizabeth Mawson Rigby. She is survived by the love of her life, her husband Terry Robert Seamons and her children: Brett (Gretchen) Seamons, Tami (David) Torrie, Joel (Brenda) Seamons, Vikki Masters and Cindi (Alex) Bradley, her 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

    Gloria was born 12 November 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah and spent all of her formative years there. In 1957 she graduated with high honors from East High School in Salt Lake. Gloria then attended University of Utah and received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with high honors in 1961. During her years at the U of U, she was very active in her sorority, Lambda Delta Sigma, Chi Chapter. When the chapter split, she became the president of the new “Kappa” chapter. She loved the activities, dances and leadership opportunities she had there. In 1961 Gloria accepted a contract to be on the Physical Education faculty at BYU to teach swimming at the age of 21. Gloria taught at BYU for 6 years while she completed her master’s degree in Physical Education graduating summa cum laude.

    Gloria was very active in many team and individual sports. From an early age she loved to snow, water ski and golf. She was on the Aqua-Maids synchronized swimming team at the U and the tennis team and became the number 1 player her senior year. Gloria completed her Water Safety Instructor Course, First Aid Course and became a lifeguard. She taught swimming lessons for many years.

    Gloria had many admirable qualities. In her university years, she had dates almost every night of the week and sometimes several in one day. She was proposed to 13 times! On 6 July 1963 and while teaching at BYU, she met Terry Seamons on a group date at Hobble Creek in Springville Canyon. The two hit it off immediately and more dates were planned. On their fourth date after a sweaty game of tennis, Terry asked Gloria to marry him. Lucky for everyone, Terry became the last and final marriage proposal at #14. The two were married for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on 5 June 1964.

    Terry and Gloria had many adventures and lived in many different places over the years: Provo, Utah; Flagstaff, Arizona; Aloha, Oregon; Germantown, Tennessee; Avon, Indiana; Farmington Hills, Michigan; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Woodland Hills, Utah.

    The most important thing to Gloria has been her family and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has served in many capacities and offered the love, kindness and welcoming arms of the Savior to everyone she has met. Terry and Gloria have 5 children who have been the focus and joy of their lives. Their family has grown in love and size to include sons and daughters-in-law, 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. They have loved and showered them with experiences, opportunities and most importantly the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is her greatest legacy and what she would want to be remembered the most for.

    As her family, we are eternally grateful for her complete loyalty to her family and Savior Jesus Christ who has welcomed her home.

    A viewing will be held Friday, 30 April 2021, from 6 to 8 PM, and Saturday, 1 May 2021, from 9 to 10:15 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (555 W. 11200 S., Woodland Hills, UT 84653). Services will follow at 10:30 AM.

    Services were recorded previously and can be viewed here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/qfFFzb6CR9h6uuKWcE0MeuiZLs4GlgtEz2UKF1h1UPXikRLp1tuNT17Y_KuDjVXo.kp9-jLbWpTGXOVu4?startTime=1619885429000

    Interment to follow at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.



    Guestbook/Condolences

    Terry and family, please accept our deepest condolences at the loss of darling Gloria! We have such amazing memories of her, you and your great family. Love you and cherish our friendship! Win & Eddie

    - Eddie and Win Peterson
    Dear Terry and family. I was shocked to hear of dear Gloria's passing. I have so many happy memories of her and your family. Our Stake Relief Society Presidency in Bloomfield Hills, was so much fun as we served together as a presidency. We have kept in touch through the years and she was instrumental in helping me work for you, Terry at RHR International. That was a super job to finish out my working career. I will always have a special love for your dear Gloria, and her kindness and thoughtfulness to everyone around her. As we are getting up in years, it won't be too long before we will all be together again. Because I came down with a cold on Tues. this week, I am unable to attend the funeral. Know my love and prayers are with your wonderful family.

    - Colette I Bryant
    John and I are so sorry for your families loss. It was a great privilege to know Gloria. Love John and Nancy

    - Nancy L Gibert
    to the queen of pranks and endless love.

    - uncle jeff
    A few times and I met Gloria she was so sweet and loving towards me. Always opened her arms to give me a hug. I will miss you Gloria and your beautiful smile and your warm embrace. Thank you for always making me feel special. If you get a chance try to find my mom Erma and say hello. Love you, JoAnn

    - JoAnn L Palmer
    Dear Elder Seamons So sorry to read of your mother’s passing . Please except our sincere condolences. God bless you and your family at this difficult time. Sincerely Lyle and Rebecca Wasden.

    - Lyle and Rebecca Wasden
    Dear Terry, Brett, Tami, Vicki, Joel, Cindy, and families - I honestly never believed this day would ever arrive. It simply is not possible to fathom a world without the light and laughter of "Mom Seamons" as I have lovingly called her for just a few months shy of 30 years now. When Tami and I became missionary companions in late November/early December of 1991, it meant we were together for Christmas. And that Christmas phone call was my first "meeting" of Terry and Gloria. I can still remember the gift they sent to "Tami's companion". Lots of little travel shampoos and such from various hotels as Terry travelled around for work. It made me laugh! Just as I instantly connected and became fast friends with Tami, I instantly connected with Terry and Gloria during that brief Christmas conversation. There was lots of laughter that day, but mostly I remember feeling loved unlike I had ever felt before. As the years progressed and the friendship grew, Gloria always welcomed me with the biggest hug a person could imagine. I often asked her to adopt me and I was always told, yes! There was never any paperwork but I always felt a part of the family. We did not get to see each other frequently but it never mattered. Days or weeks or years - as soon as we were in the same room, Gloria's love for me was overflowing. I never once had any doubt. Thank you to each of you for sharing her with me. For letting me have a little piece in my life of the wonderful, funny, loving, kind, caring, compassionate "Mom Seamons". My heart breaks that she has left us for a time. We are blessed to have a knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that tells us where she is and what she is doing, but it doesn't make the separation any easier. My prayer will be that the peace of our Savior will be with each of you. May comfort be with you. And may you be able to remember and reflect on all the joy and love and laughter this wonderful woman brought into each of our lives. Much, much love to each of you, Michelle (Spi) Spiron

    - Michelle Spiron
    Sending my love and hugs to all of your family! I have so many happy memories with Sister Seamons and your entire family. The way that Gloria and Terry took me in when I was briefly serving in New Orleans with AmeriCorps is something I will remember for the rest of my life. Many many hugs, Christy Cannon

    - Christy Cannon
    I love you sweet Gloria. Thank you for always loving me back

    - Kimberly Roy