Glorian D. Mairs
Aug. 4, 1925-Jan. 18, 2012
Glorian’s loving heart stopped on Jan. 18, 2012 at her son’s home in Keene. Glorian had been living with Danny and Gwen since her health began failing in November. Optimal Hospice performed in home care for Glorian and her lifelong friend Gladys Mitchell Coulter, who also lived with Danny and Gwen Mairs. Glorian was born on Aug. 4, 1925 in Van Nuys to Merida Crumley Howard and Frank Howard.
Frank Howard, Glorian’s father, was a welder for the Department of Water and Power and when Glorian was 10 he was transferred to June Lake. The family spent November to February without electricity or indoor plumbing. They moved back to Van Nuys, and then in 1938 he was transferred to Independence on her 12th birthday. She graduated from Owens Valley High School and went back to the Glendale area to college to become a nurse. Her savings quickly ran out and she moved back to Independence to “sling hash” at Jim’s Café, where she had worked throughout high school.
In 1945 she met Omie, who had just purchased Krater’s Store next to Jim’s Cafe. They were married in 1946 where she worked side by side with Omie in Mairs’ Market. Glorian assumed the role of the town guru on hardware. Whoever came to the store looking for nuts, bolts or plumbing fixtures would go to Glorian, as she knew exactly what you would need. She had very few relatives until she married Omie and became related to “half of Owens Valley.”
Glorian loved her family, her friends, her children, her dogs and working. She had to quit working at 75 years old when the store was sold. She had a difficult time adapting to home life, and missed the social interaction with her customers and friends. She soon filled the days reading, crocheting and playing with “her first dog” when she was 75 years old.
She took an annual trip the first week of February to see the newborn calves in Smith’s and Lacey’s field. She enjoyed going to the Fort and seeing the lambs and visiting the horses. She enjoyed trips to Mazourka Canyon and was very upset when the “bureau craps” blocked the road to her favorite spring.
Her dream was to become a jet or airplane pilot. When the children were in high school she had the opportunity to take flying lesson, but Omie “wouldn’t let me … too dangerous.” She also liked trains and was so happy when Danny moved to Keene. There she could sit and listen to the train whistle.
Omie always had something in the works. From trout to the Dodgers, Glorian helped wrap the fish. She also helped Santa at the Court House. Glorian stuffed socks with candy and oranges, and helped wrapped gifts. Easter egg hunts found Glorian dying eggs. There were also dances at the old fire house with Glorian providing refreshments.
She was president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club for two terms in the 1960s.
Glorian is preceded in death by her husband, Omie; son, Bill; brother, Leonard; parents; and two brothers-in-law, Chet Smith and Lanny Vesty.
She is survived by her children, daughter, Mary of Independence; and her son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Gwen Mairs of Keene; and daughter-in-law, Margaret and Al Hurley. She is also survived by her sister, Lela Vesty of Fallon Nev.; daughter-in-law, Margaret of Independence; and sister-in-law, Shirley of Oregon. She leaves behind her grandsons and their wives, Chuck and Adrienne, Mike and Kristen, Doug and Loralee, Matt and Amanda, and Jeremy and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Legend, Andrea, Legacy, Wil, Sadie, Waylon, Mack, Jimbo, James and Lane, born just twelve hours after her passing; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends and her canine companions, Lennie and Maggie.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Independence Cemetery with Pastor Erin Maddox McPhee officiating.
Donations in Glorian’s memory may be made to Carson Colorado Railroad, P.O. Box 194, Independence, CA 93526, or any charity of your choice. “Glorian was the heart of Independence.”