- December 29, 1939 - November 25, 2015
- Iowa City, Iowa
of Gloria's Passing
Iowa Donor Network
550 Madison Avenue
North Liberty, IA 52317
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“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...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Reyne Foley - San Antonio, TX
“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...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: J. W. Smith - Houston, TX
“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,...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Dorothy Cauthen Hammock - Lindale, TX
“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...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Beverly Conner Niederhofer - TX
“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...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Ron Nelson - Cedar Rapids, IA
“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.
6 of 16 | Posted by: Meighan Middleton - Minneapolis, MN
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...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Billie and Orville Townsend - IA
“I am so very sorry for your loss, Jim. You are your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Deb VanSpeybroeck
8 of 16 | Posted by: Deborah VanSpeybroeck - IL
“Jim & Family- sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
9 of 16 | Posted by: Laura Fuller - Coralville, IA
Accept my condolences. I'm sorry.
10 of 16 | Posted by: Don Damsteegt PhD - Cedar Rapids, IA
“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.
11 of 16 | Posted by: Ginny Blair
“I am so very sorry for your loss Jim. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. God Bless and Take Care.
12 of 16 | Posted by: Doug Weston-Kolarik - IA
“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...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Leonard and Ilene Greenwood - IA
“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...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Rebecca Jayne Sandberg - IA
“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...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Barb Hamer - Tipton, IA - Friend
“Love you, Gloria. You will be missed so much.
16 of 16 | Posted by: Michael Marchman - son
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.