Gloria Nonna Simonis
Gloria Nonna Simonis
  • September 27, 1928 - June 14, 2014
  • Prineville, Oregon

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Gloria Nonna Simonis passed away on June 14th 2014. She was born September 27, 1928 in Waitsburg WA., to John and Helia Powers. January 11, 1947 she married Gilbert "Bud" Simonis in Phoenix AZ. Gloria and Bud's passion in life were horses and a 60 year career in the horse racing industry. In 1954, they made their permanent home in Bend, OR were she trained and tended to several winning thoroughbreds while Bud raced. In 1966, she stopped training and started working for the Oregon Racing Commission. In 1971, she was hired as the Salem Racing Secretary becoming the third woman in racing history to hold this position at a recognized track.

In 1993, she and Bud moved to Prineville, OR where she started the Pioneer Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. They wore lavender jackets and became known as the "Lavender Ladies".

In 2009, she was asked to be the Grand Marshal for the Crooked River Round-Up and she was extremely honored to hold this position. She worked many years with the rodeo board. She was also involved with horse racing in Prineville as well.

Gloria is survived by her husband Bud, daughter and son-in-law Sharron and Steve Loney of Prineville, OR. Grandson James "Mike" Jones of Prineville Or. Granddaughter Kimberley Sumner and husband Chad of Malott, WA. Grandson Ian Loney of Kenmore, WA. Two great-grandsons Kash, and Kruz Sumner of Malott, WA and several extended family members and friends.

Please come and celebrate Gloria's life at the Prineville Funeral Home; the viewing will be held Thursday June 19th, 2014 from 1:00pm-7:00pm at Prineville Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday 20th, 2014 also at Prineville Funeral Home with the burial to follow at Juniper Haven Cemetery.