Glenda Virl Pulsipher
Thursday morning, January 12, 2017, heaven gained an angel as earth lost one. Glenda Virl Goates Pulsipher, age 89 ½ passed away peacefully at her home in St. Johns, after a difficult 14 months of battling the effects of a stroke, a bout with pneumonia, 5 surgeries, a ruptured pancreas, pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer.
Glenda is the youngest of 5 children born to David Ray Goates and Cathrine Virl Clark Goates. She was born in Lehi, Utah June 30, 1927 and later moved to Centerfield, Utah where she attended Gunnison High School in Gunnison Utah. She excelled in music, played the trumpet in the band, and sang alto in many trios and choirs. Glenda loved the piano and played by ear. She valued hard work and a good education. Through the sacrifices of her good sisters, she was able to complete a year of college, but she had a life-time of learning. She met her spouse of 63 years, Eldon B. Pulsipher while working in Salt Lake City and they were married in the Manti Temple in Manti, Utah February 27, 1954. She tirelessly, devoted her life to the service of others, her spouse, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her neighbors, her church, and her community. She served in Des Moines, Iowa in the Northern States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Glenda knew no stranger and fed and housed many in need. Her name was first on every sign-up sheet for food donation and her life was full of patience and long-suffering, but she made you earn a checker win. She shared her lifetime talent of meticulous sewing in many ways from sewing supply parachutes during WWII to road show and cheer leading costumes for her kids and the community. We often accused her of taking out more stitches than she put in because the sewing didn’t stay unless it was perfect. Her abilities ranged from patching overalls to producing beautiful wedding dresses, suit coats, quilts, and upholstery. She also loved to crochet. She wore the title of a polished lady to those who knew her best; quick with a smile and accepting of all. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends and was extremely empathetic and a great confidant. She was light hearted with a wonderful sense of humor and her smile could light the room. She was a masterful home-maker in the true sense of the word. St. Johns had been her home for the past 63 years.
Glenda is survived by her older sister, LaRae Jarrett; husband, Eldon Pulsipher; children, Janet, Paul, Valene, Lorena, Kalynn and Julie as well as a second mom to Ernest and Pat Ballejos, 19 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is greatly loved and will be sorely missed. Bless your heart, our sweet Mom.
A Viewing will be held Friday, January 20, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Burnham Mortuary, St. Johns. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. Johns Downtown Chapel, with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow the funeral services at the St. Johns Westside Cemetery.