Obituary -- Gwen Anne Thacker

  • 2021-10-05, 10:23 AM
  • Source: The Gardens Funeral Home
Obituary -- Gwen Anne Thacker Gwen Anne Thacker

Gwendolyn Anne Smith Thacker, surrounded by several family members, returned to our father in heaven on September 26th, 2021.  She was born on August 20th, 1943 in Buffalo, New York.  At nine months old they moved to Reno, Nevada.  A long-time resident of northern Nevada, she lived her life as an educator, avid horseman, and lover of animals.

She married the love of her life Willam Alan Thacker on May 2nd, 1963 and they were sealed in the Boise, Idaho Temple on June 13th, 1986.  Known as a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, she was preceded in death by her parents Oliver Marshall Smith & Gertrude Norma (Drew) Smith, brothers Howard & Melvin Smith, sister Clara May Smith & Husband William Alan. She is survived by daughters Phaline Anne Conklin (John) of Aberdeen, SD and Krystal Raye Thacker (Caroline) of Pahrump; and sons William Shane Thacker (Bobbi) of Las Vegas, and Corey Alan Thacker (Jennifer) of Minden;  grandchildren Toni, Cheyna, Trudie, Morgen, Will, Jacob, Shaylyn, Hattie, Christopher, Alexis, Austin, Caden, Layton, Ryan, and Jaxon; great-grandchildren Shoni, Ryder, Leelah, Kodah, Novaa, Khai and Makoa Jaymes; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints West Stake Center on North 5th Street in Elko on October 9th, 2021 at 11:00 am.  Viewing will be held at 10:00 am at the church.  

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nevada State High School Rodeo Association, Attn: Kathy Gonzales 9585 Zaring Ave, Winnemucca, NV 89445.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Gardens Funeral Home Fallon, NV   775 423-8928

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Source: The Gardens Funeral Home



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JudyDalluge 2021-10-12, 03:35 PM
We briefly knew one another through horse riding as teenagers. Then, unexpectedly reunited as we both moved into the Fallon NV Stake 50 YEARS later! We had fun attending church, eating out, visiting on the phone and sharing a certain “horse sense” that made conversations understandable and lively. Gwen was my sister; I will certainly miss, but with certainty I will see again⭐️
JudyDalluge 2021-10-12, 02:10 PM
How I will miss my friend, Gwen! God bless her dear family, who I hope will call me for any reason. The funeral was beautiful 💜
Beth Kern
Beth Kern 2021-10-07, 10:53 AM
I worked with Gwen Anne for many years while she was the Prin***l of Owyhee Combined Schools. She worked tirelessly for her students and staff. She left a legacy that will last a very long time in that community. I was so surprised to hear of her death. While we hadn’t seen each other in several years, we had kept up on each other’s lives and adventures via FB and she and I battled it out on Words With Friends. My sincere condolences to all of her family and friends. RIP Gwen Anne!