Gloria Ann Spranger passed away on February 16th of 2018. She is survived by her two daughters, Lisa Danielle Anderson and Sydney Shareen Clarkson, her son Joshua Alexander Spranger. Her two son in laws, Steven Clarkson and John Nelson, Her daughter in law Dawn Spranger as well as her six grandchildren, Skyler and Ashley Anderson, Jason and Christopher Clarkson and Kimberly and Alexander Spranger. She also is survived by seven great grandchildren Te’a, Jason, Revan, Jimmy, Jack, Zoe and Quentin.
Born Gloria Ann Gilbert on January 3rd 1940 to Raymond and Jessie Gilbert in Nashua, New Hampshire she married William J. Spranger and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. There she was a camera girl at Caesar’s Palace and the Hilton. She photographed many stars along with the Vegas elite. She was a longtime member of the Nevada Lariettes, a womens riding group, where she frequently rode her prized Arabian horses and in Grand Entry in many rodeos across the country. Adorned in rhinestones and sequin’s she was stunning in parades and was highly thought of in the equestrian community there. After her divorce she moved to many places including Idaho and California raising her three children on her own and eventually settling in her beloved adopted home town of Poulsbo, WA. She was a smart, beautiful and kind person who loved her doggies. She enjoyed taking her little dog out for a walk every day around the block on 2nd Avenue in her scooter where she took the time to speak with all of her neighbors. She loved her neighborhood and her town. She frequented Wal-mart and was known to cruise the aisles and speak with everyone there. She often commented on how nice everyone was to her. As her daughters it was very difficult to tell people she passed away suddenly when they asked about her, often bringing them to tears. My sister spoke of the cashier at Rite Aid that broke down in tears when she heard she passed. A short while after her passing, I drove her car to McDonalds in Poulsbo and was greeted with a Small Caramel Frappe (she often got that there) and they were surprised when it wasn’t her. My mother wasn’t famous, or well known by any means but I have found that she was cherished where it mattered most, with her children and her community. It was too difficult at the time to write her obituary so I promised I would commemorate her on the anniversary of her passing and I am happy I waited. It was over this past year that we were able to realize exactly how much she really loved her community and how much she was loved by the community. Thank You to everyone who touched her life here. From her doctor Theresa, to her neighbors who spoke with her each day to the person at McDonalds and Rite Aid that took the time to know her, it really does matter when you take the time to care. Goodbye mommy, you are immeasurably loved and missed by all of us. It was truly a gift to have you in our lives!