84, completed this life's journey on July 15, 2019. She was born January 8, 1935 in Manistee, Michigan. She was the first African American girl to attend Manistee Public Schools. Gloria completed her Bachelor and Master's Degrees at WMU. She became a member of First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo and was an active member for many years. Later, she and her late husband joined Allen Chapel AME where her membership remains. Gloria served in many capacities including Sunday School Superintendent. Gloria excelled in all that she did. She became a research biologist at Upjohn Pharmaceutical in Kalamazoo, becoming the only Black female employed in a professional role during that time. After starting a family, Gloria began her long and stellar career as a Kalamazoo Public School Educator. She began her teaching career as a Hillside Junior High Biology teacher and ended as a counselor at Central High School. After retirement, because of her commitment to ensuring positive education for all children, she ran and was elected to serve on the Kalamazoo Public School Board where she served for several years. The quintessential citizen, Gloria sat on many community boards and committees where her voice and actions were highly valued. She was a current member of the following organization: LINKS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Dulcet and Jack and Jill. Along with being a lifetime member of the NAACP, National Urban League and the Douglass Community Center.
CORRECTED VIEWING INFORMATION: A public viewing will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Harper Funeral Home, 521 Douglas Avenue, (269) 342-1000. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Links will conduct their funeral service tributes to Gloria between 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. during visitation at the funeral home. A 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 25, 2019 with an 11:00 a.m. funeral service following at the First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park Street in Kalamazoo. Interment will be at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery (S. Westnedge Avenue) in Kalamazoo. www.harperfuneral.com