Gloria A. Marchman

  • Born: December 29, 1939
  • Died: November 25, 2015
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gloria Anne Marchman died November 25, 2015 at her home in Iowa City. She was born on December 29, 1939 in New Orleans, LA and grew up in Huntsville, Texas, with her parents, James Hansford Smith and Mary Elizabeth Acker Smith, and sisters, Judy and Peggy. After graduating from high school in Huntsville, Gloria attended college in Houston and obtained her BSN degree. She married Douglas N. Johnson, MD and had two sons, Doug and Everett. She was a dedicated nurse who worked in a variety of positions in Texas and Iowa. In 1979 Gloria married James N. Marchman and in the process acquired three adoring stepchildren, Lisa, Christy, and Michael.

After her family and her work, Gloria's great love was bicycling. She biked with her many friends all over Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, and toured in several other states ranging from Colorado to Georgia to New York.

After developing Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Gloria received a bilateral lung transplant on November 1, 2009. Gloria was able to live six extra years, thanks to this self-less gift of life made possible by a generous family at the time of their own great tragedy and grief. She was grateful every day for the opportunity to have more time with her family and friends, and she made the best of it.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Jim, of Iowa City; children Douglas N. Johnson, Jr. (wife Molly) of Hamilton, NY, Everett E. Johnson of Boise, ID, Lisa C. Kemmerer (husband Roc) of Iowa City, Christy L. Middleton (husband Peter) of Madison, WI, and Michael J. Marchman (wife Stephanie) of Iowa City; beloved grandchildren Danny and Sadie Johnson of Hamilton, NY, Eve and Ava Johnson of Boise, ID, and Jackson and Grace Middleton of Madison, WI; sister Judy Isenberg of San Antonio, TX. Gloria's parents and sister, Peggy preceded her in death.

Gloria was a kind, generous, and loving wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and friend. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

A gathering to celebrate Gloria's life will be held Monday, November 30th from 5-7 p.m. at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.

In lieu of sending flowers please consider honoring Gloria by becoming an organ donor.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My thoughts and prayers are with you Jim and family on this date of Gloria's passing. God Bless

Posted by 'Dr. Weston-Kolarik - Cedar Rapids, IA   November 21, 2020

I am sorry to hear of Gloria's passing. Judy just called me. I have not seen your family in many years, but have thought of you often throughout the years. Anytime you are down Texas way again, look me up. Reyne S Foley 210-422-7533

Posted by Reyne Foley - San Antonio, TX   March 29, 2016

AT 88 years, I am remembering the pretty little blonde girl that Gloria Smith was as she grew up in Huntsville. How I regret that through the years I lost touch with her completely. Her two sons, the Johnson boys, may want to read about the charming antics of her father, James Hansford smith, and of the highly successful Texas cattleman's career of her grandfather, John Winston Smith in the book THE ROUND-UP (see
That book, in addition to giving lots of information about the distinguished Smith Brothers Cattle Company, lays out the relation of the Johnsons and the Smiths in the family tree given at end of book.
In regretting the loss of one so obviously loved by her friends and family, I further regret my grievous loss so many decades ago of that relationship.

Posted by J. W. Smith - Houston, TX - second cousin   December 19, 2015

Gloria and I grew up together in Huntsville. We were friends from grammar school through high school. After graduation, I did not see her for many, many years. At one of our Mini-Reunions for our class of 1958, she was there, and
looked awesome. I did not recognize her at first. She was a special lady, and my condolences to all the family and friends.

Dorothy Cauthen Hammock
Class of 1958

Posted by Dorothy Cauthen Hammock - Lindale, TX - Friend   December 03, 2015

Gloria was a special friend to me as we were growing up in Huntsville. I always enjoyed visiting with the Smith family. I am so very sorry to hear about her passing away. My prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Posted by Beverly Conner Niederhofer - Huntsville, TX - Friend   December 02, 2015

Jim, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife Gloria. Please know that you are in the thoughts of many who respect you and care a great deal. You have been an important and helpful colleague to me for years. I have appreciated your friendship as well as our professional relationship through IPA and other venues. Ron

Posted by Ron Nelson - Cedar Rapids, IA - professional colleague   December 01, 2015

Gloria was a wonderful person to know. I will always remember her smile and distinctive voice. I wish the family peace and know she shines down on us.

Posted by Meighan Middleton - Minneapolis, MN   November 30, 2015

Dear Jim:
We are so sorry to hear of Gloria's passing. She will truly be missed. Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family.

Thinking of you
Billie and Orville

Posted by Billie and Orville Townsend - Iowa City, IA - friend   November 30, 2015

I am so very sorry for your loss, Jim. You are your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Deb VanSpeybroeck

Posted by Deborah VanSpeybroeck - Rock Island, IL - colleague of Jim   November 30, 2015

Jim & Family- sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Laura Fuller - Coralville, IA - colleague   November 30, 2015

Accept my condolences. I'm sorry.

Posted by Don Damsteegt PhD - Cedar Rapids, IA - colleague of Jim   November 29, 2015

I work for a lot of nice people, doing residential plumbing repairs. Gloria Marchman was one of the very nicest. My condolences to your family.

Posted by Ginny Blair    November 29, 2015

I am so very sorry for your loss Jim. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
God Bless and Take Care.

Posted by Doug Weston-Kolarik - Cedar Rapids, IA   November 29, 2015

Dear Jim and Everett: I was saddened to ready about the passing of your wife, mother. You both have our condolences in your time of grief. I have fond memories of Gloria. May God bless you both. Len and Ilene Greenwood

Posted by Leonard and Ilene Greenwood - Coralville, IA - friend and tax return preparer   November 28, 2015

My deepest condolences to Jim and family. She was my dear, dear friend. I will miss her calls, visits with her and her expressions of love and support. She was devoted to her family, and often spoke of her Love for them. I will miss her so.

Posted by Rebecca Jayne Sandberg - Coralville, IA - Friend   November 28, 2015

Jim and family, I am so sorry for your loss of a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Words cannot express how sad and empty I felt when I got word of Gloria's passing. Spending every monday with her was the highlight of my week. She taught me so much. How special each day was and she was a true testament. Her infectious concern for others even on her worst day, was a genuine love she had. I feel so blessed to have been given the gift of knowing her. She had a heart of gold. Prayers for you all.

Barb Hamer

Posted by Barb Hamer - Tipton, IA - Friend   November 27, 2015

Love you, Gloria. You will be missed so much.

Posted by Michael Marchman - son   November 27, 2015

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