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Gloria (Todd) Starr D’Addio

Gloria (Todd) Starr D’Addio

March 16, 1943 - March 7, 2022

Gloria (Todd) Starr D’Addio was born on March 16, 1943, in Helena, MT . She was the second oldest of 4 children to Arthur Louis Todd and Bernice Anna (Lean) Todd. Her oldest brother was Phil, she was followed by her younger brothers Ed and Murray. Gloria spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Nampa, Idaho, where she had many fun times with her brothers and several girlfriends that she remained close to and treasured for the entirety of her life.

In her formative years, Gloria met the love of her life, George Starr. In 1964, the two married and moved to Island Park, Idaho. Soon after, Gloria and George had their first daughter, Christine Victoria Starr. They welcomed their second daughter, Sarah Ann Starr, a couple of years later in Nampa, Idaho.

Aside from caring for her family, Gloria was dedicated to doing meaningful work that she could be proud of. In a time when many women were still struggling to have substantial career opportunities, Gloria set her mind on forging her career path. Her interest in caring for others led her to complete LPN training at Mercy Medical Hospital in Nampa, Idaho, and after several years of nursing as an LPN, in 1975 she earned her RN certification from Boise State University.  Gloria excelled in the profession and made a very important impact on her daughters. They saw all the hard work and dedication it took to attain her career goals and remember watching her prepare to go to work and being so proud of their mother, her sculpted nurse cap, pristine white uniform, and white shoes.

In 1978, after a shift in life, Gloria and her youngest daughter Sarah relocated to the Portland (OR) area to be closer to her brothers. Gloria thrived in her career at OHSU, serving in the challenging and ever-surprising role of an ER nurse.

Later, she met, fell in love, and married Tony D’Addio. Tony kept Gloria laughing and supported her as she followed her passion for geriatric nursing and furthered her career as an Administrator. During this time, Gloria’s parents Art and Bernice moved to the Portland area to be close to their children. For Gloria, this was a very close-knit time for her family and a time she always cherished.

To her joy, Gloria’s first grandchild, Drae Starr-Ball, was born in 1998 in Boise. Soon after, she was blessed with two granddaughters, Grace Zarosinski in 2003 and Lux Zarosinski in 2005, both born in Portland. She was very proud of her grandchildren and her smile was always brightest when she was speaking with them.

In 2003 after Tony passed away, Gloria moved back to Boise to rejoin a life she felt she was missing while in Oregon. She spent the final phase of her career working with elderly individuals residing at the Boise Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She truly had a heart for the residents and looked forward to going to work every day. Gloria formed lasting bonds with many of her favorite coworkers and kept in touch with them after her retirement in 2013.

In retirement, Gloria remained in Boise and enjoyed spending time with her oldest daughter’s family, her dearest childhood friends, and her neighbors. When she wasn’t engaged with people, she was focused on her animals. She spent a lifetime loving animals; her cherished dog Channel was by her side through the end. She also had two birds that she loved dearly, Henry, a Green Amazon parrot that she acquired when he was a baby (he is now 24 years old), and Sammy, a Salmon-crested cockatoo that she couldn’t help but rescue roughly 8 years ago.  Gloria will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and animal companions.

Gloria is survived by George Starr, her oldest daughter Christine Starr, son-in-law Dr. Christopher Ball, grandson Drae Starr-Ball; youngest daughter Sarah Starr Zarosinski, son-in-law Aaron Zarosinski, granddaughters Grace and Lux Zarosinki; her brother Ed Todd, sister-in-law Cindy Todd; brother Murray Todd, sister-in-law Sharon Todd; and multiple nieces and nephews.

You are invited to join the family for a Celebration of Life being held for Gloria on April 2nd, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bishop Tuttle House behind St. Michael’s Cathedral at 8th & State in Boise, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Idaho Humane Society at https://idahohumanesociety.org/donate/ or the Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary at https://cockatoorescue.org/ .


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