Hi guys. It has taken me a while to write this post as I just don't know how to do it justice. I'm not sure if you all know this or not but our online community has recently suffered a tremendous loss. A loss that has affected so many of us who knew her, myself included.
This is my tribute... One I was asked to write for her several years ago, and hoped I would not have to do for a long long time.
I was contacted by one of Gloria's daughters a few weeks ago to let me know ....Our sweet Gloria (some may remember her from RMS or from her Blog as Happy To Be Gloria) passed away on May 12, 2021. She was more than ready to go, as she suffered from a horrible lung disease that made just being alive difficult. She had mentioned to me more than once that God just needs to take her home so she could reunite with her one true love Wally, her beloved mom and another blogger who passed not all that long ago...Picket.
While she was here with us Gloria was an angel on earth. She was kind, generous and loving and ALWAYS had time for those she loved and who loved her. No matter what I might have been going through, good or bad, she was there with love and encouragement. Her family was her pride and joy and she spoke to me regularly about all of her daughters, grand and great grandchildren.
I met Gloria (and so many other wonderful people that I am proud to call my friends, ) in 2008 on a site (that is now deleted) called RMS. She was always bouncing around from profile to profile spreading her special brand of sweet sentiments and "popping in for coffee" Many of us got so that we looked forward to her visit and became friends outside of the group. I am one of those people.
I adored Gloria. She and I would have long conversations on the phone and text back and forth regularly. We became very close and she "adopted" me as her Canadian Daughter. I called her and thought of her as my mom. Oh I miss hearing her say "ya know Toots.... I love you girl..."
I loved seeing her cheerful posts about antiques and her love for them. I loved hearing her stories from her absolutely amazing life. Gloria was an incredible woman who loved her life, her home, family and friends. Her life was one that had so many amazing adventures...from being a single mom, to becoming a pastors wife, getting her pilots licence ... I admired her brave spirit and her loving heart, and I know she touched so many souls in her lifetime. She was one of those people who could make another feel SO loved, just by being part of your life.
Gloria will forever be in my heart and I will miss her more than I can express. I just know she's an angel in heaven now, having a wonderful reunion with Wally, her mom and Picket, and she's looking down on the ones she loved so dearly. While the earth lost an angel, heaven gained one.
Goodbye Mom. I promised you I would write something when you left us, and I hope this does the job. I love you now and forever...until we meet again..."hugs and love"
Until next time my friends...
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