Early Tuesday morning on January 17, 2023, angels gathered Gloria in their arms and brought her to her final resting place, heaven.
Gloria was also known by many as "the Glo worm", was born in Camden, AR to Allean (Burris) and JC Johnson ( both deceased) on November 14, 1948. She was the second of 3 siblings. Her older brother Mac Arthur preceded her in death.
Once Gloria graduated high school , she left her home town and went to Chicago to join three of her aunts. She became restless there and signed up for the Job Corps. During her stint in the Job Corps, Gloria spent time in Albuquerque, NM, Portland Maine and lastly Boston, MA. She fell in love with Boston and remained until her death.
During her time in Boston, Gloria worked as a daycare teacher (Jamaica Plain Daycare) for many years. She decided that she wanted to do more to help people. While still working at the daycare center, she enrolled in Wheelock College Social Worker program. Gloria received her BSW in 1987. Still being an adventurous person and still having the passion for knowledge, she enrolled in Boston College Master of Social Work program. She graduated from Boston College with a MSW degree. Her work path sent her on several social service agencies missions--Italian Home for Children, Family Services of Greater Boston, Peabody Properties and Boston Housing Authority and a few more.
Gloria leaves behind one sister, Dorothy of Boston, brother, Charles lives in Detroit; one niece ,Tanya TX, 4 nephews Jonathan(Boston), Carlos, Marco, and Jamal( CA). She also leaves behind 2 aunts and one uncle and many cousins and friends.
No flower donations please. if you want to honor Gloria's memory please contribute the following organization, Hearth Inc 1640 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118 either through financial contribution or volunteering, Gloria was all about helping , especially seniors.
Later in the Spring when the weather warms up, her sister and nephew will be having a memorial for Gloria.