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Karen Alice Gloyd


November 15, 2018

Karen Alice Gloyd, 65, passed away on October 21, 2018, in Santa Maria, Calif., after a well-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

The youngest of four siblings, Karen was born in Thermopolis on April 13, 1953, to Nina and Harold Stewart Gloyd. After losing her father at the age of 10, Karen never forgot the strength and work ethic displayed by her mother. The lessons her extended family provided in her upbringing and educational expenses would influence Karen to pay it forward to other many times over.

Karen attended Lucerne School and graduated from Thermopolis High School. After graduating from Chadron State College (where she was a proud member of the Eagleaires – a traveling choral group) she received a Bachelor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Following graduation, Karen worked at Werner & Beck Physical Therapy at both an in-patient and outpatient therapist from 1977-1987. After positions at both VNS HomeCare and Marian HomeCare, Karen established Gloyd Therapy Services. Her business' stellar reputation for patient care resulted in the first 5-star rating for the physical therapy department at Marian Hospital.

Karen was a mentor to employees and co-workers who would benefit from the respect and support she gave them. In addition to helping raise her three nieces in Santa Maria, she also extended her role of "Aunt Karen" beyond her siblings' children to many other young people. Her kindness, steadfastness, and generosity made a significant impact on those she leaves behind.

Karen's greatest joy was sharing holidays with her extended family. Her dedication to her heritage in Wyoming was reflected in her love and generosity to her nieces and nephews.

Karen is survived by her brother, Dr. Joe Gloyd of Wilmington, Del .; nieces and nephews, Cindy, Cathy, Julie, Ann Marie, Jason, Heather, Daren, Crystal and Todd; 19 great-nieces and nephews; 3 great, great-nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Connie and Diana.

Funeral services were held November 10 at the Community Federated Church in Thermopolis with Rev. Chuck Cooper officiating. Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Mortimore Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


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