July 10, 1922 ~ September 21, 2012
In loving memory of Gloria Parry of Ouray and Del Mar, California, who passed away September 21, 2012. Gloria loved Ouray and the San Juan Mountains and in particular liked to spend time on the Uncompahgre River by Camp Bird with her husband, Will, and their chocolate lab, Bear. She loved driving their 1946 Willy Jeep around town, doing water aerobics in the pool, and gardening at their house on Main Street.
With her husband Will, who passed away in 2002, Gloria spent many summers on the backtrails and streams surrounding Ouray, fishing and picnicking along the way. While Gloria traveled extensively around the world with Will, the surrounding mountains and her friends in Ouray were always foremost in her heart.
Gloria was born in Los Angeles, California on July 10, 1922, to Beulah and Earle Brookins, both residents of Ouray from 1971 until their passing in 1994. Earle was a longtime Treasurer for the city of Ouray in the 1980s and 1990s. Gloria graduated from Glendale High School in Glendale, California in 1940, attended Glendale Junior College and studied International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley until1944. At that time, during World War II, she lived in San Francisco and was instrumental in opening The Hostess House on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, a facility for servicemen that was a precursor to the USO.
In high school Gloria began her lifelong fascination with cars, especially hot, speedy ones, including most recently her 1969 Ford Mustang. Always a do-it-yourself person, she studied auto mechanics and often fixed her own cars, but she preferred to spend time at the Timber Ridge Garage and have John and Steve handle mechanic duties.
Gloria was a lifelong community leader in Del Mar, serving from 1986 to 1995 on the 22nd Agricultural District Board of Directors, which oversees the San Diego County Fair and Del Mar Racetrack. In 1992, while on the fair board, Gloria chaired the 15th Volvo World Cup, a premier international equestrian event held for the first time in the U.S. An enormous success, it earned her the San Diego Press Club “Person of the Year” award.
Gloria worked for the Del Mar Fair Livestock Department from 1976 until her appointment to the fair board. She received an award in 1983 for meritorious service to youth in agriculture by the Future Farmers of America, San Diego.
Passionate about education, she co-led the 1974 school bond effort in Del Mar that enabled the opening of Torrey Pines High School.
Gloria was known for her ‘can do’ approach. “[Gloria] was always willing to find solutions to prob- lems in a positive way,” said Joe Harper, President and CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. “The key word for [Gloria] was passion. She had a personality that made you want to align with her. You knew you’d enjoy the ride when [Gloria] was involved, whatever direction it took you. She was the kind of person who walks into a room and you smile.”
Gloria is survived by her three daughters, Robin Parry of San Diego; Piper Parry of Solana Beach, California; and Jay Parry of Del Mar and Phoenix, and by many, many fond memories of their time together.