Gloria Rae (Larsen) Delaney
Gloria Rae (Larsen) Delaney died peacefully on December 5, 2021, after spending her final days with her two children, Tisa (Delaney) Pearce and Peter Delaney. She was born in Portland, Oregon on January 24, 1942, the youngest of three daughters to Ray and Verna Larsen. Gloria was preceded in death by her sister Sarah Fahey and is survived by her eldest sister, Elgie Zeni. She is also preceded in death by her ex-husband, Dennis Delaney, her high school sweetheart whom she later married.
Gloria was a graduate of Lake Oswego High School and a true disciple of the lake. In the 1960's Gloria parlayed her athleticism and magnanimous personality into a professional role as a member of the Cypress Gardens' water ski team in Winter Haven, Florida. The May 21, 1962 Sports Illustrated issue showcased the water skiers of Cypress Gardens and a full-page picture of Gloria adorned the opening page of the article, entitled "Skier's Shiny Trail". A fitting title for how she lived her life. With numerous relocations and residences, Gloria always created a home and safe place for her children to land.
When her children were out of school, she switched gears from a housewife/mother to a burgeoning entrepreneur. Gloria's career led her around the globe helping others with the opportunity to succeed. She poured her heart and soul into her company, Dwelling, which imported handmade products from artisans in Haiti and Kenya. The products she sold provided the artisans with an economic foundation and resources that helped them to improve the quality of their lives, their villages, and their communities. She was especially proud that her work contributed to increasing literacy and providing healthcare programs for the women artisans in Kenya. A beacon of light and positivity, Gloria left every room she entered a better place than it was prior to her arrival. Always leaving tangible evidence of the omnipresent "Shiny Trail", none is more evident than in her five grandchildren, Madeline and Jackson Pearce, Emmy, Lilla, and Kelly Delaney.
She survived by her son-in-law, Ed Pearce; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and life-long friends. Her love for them, travel and chocolate were unparalleled. The family would like to give special thanks to the Hebrew Center in West Hartford, CT (her final resting place), especially the staff on Four South, as well as Bobby and Caroline Butler. The love and kindness that they provided will never be forgotten.
A Celebration of Gloria's life will be held Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Common Area Rooms of the Windward Apartments, 120 Avenue A in Lake Oswego. Free parking to the complex can be accessed off of 1st Street. Greeters will be on hand to direct you to the space.