Gloria Wright passed away quietly on July 9, 2022 at the age of 89 from natural causes in Boston, Massachusetts. She was born on April 11, 1933 to the late Llyod and Frances Wormley of Culpeper, VA. Gloria attended the Culpeper County Public Schools and later furthered her education at Hampton University by graduating with a nursing degree.
Gloria’s love, devotion, and affection for her family was contagious. She spent a considerable amount of her free time tracing her family tree, traveling to family reunions, and keeping her family connected. Her love for her family shaped the foundation of who Gloria was and the legacy she leaves behind.
Serving and helping others was Gloria’s passion. In the 1970s, she recognized a need within her Boston community and opened a small grocery store named 1070 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. 1070 became her way of doing what truly fulfilled her heart, giving to others. Every day, she faithfully prepared meals for people who worked and lived in her community. Cooking delicious homemade food was one of her many passions.
After many years in business, Gloria retired, closed 1070, and continued to find ways to serve the Boston community. She cooked and threw barbecues for her neighbors and friends, planted vegetables in her garden, and completed puzzles, which was her favorite pastime. Gloria was featured in a published book called, Sometimes They Sang With Us: Stories from Boston’s Most Enduring Neighborhoods: Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, and Mission Hill (author unknown). In the book, Gloria talked about her love for baseball, her aunt Clara, and meeting Einstein at the age of 15.
Gloria was preceded in death by her siblings - Sophie Grier, Mary Frances Wormley, and Frank Wormley along with a niece and two nephews - Gloria, Jessie Jr., and Gregory. She is survived by her siblings - Audrey and James Mack (brother-in-law) from Princeton, NJ; Harvey and Ethel Wormley (sister-in-law) from Boston, MA; and Jessie Grier (brother-in-law) of Ewing, NJ; Nieces and nephews - David, Jean, and Debra, all from Ewing, NJ; Robert, Glen, Cletus, Delsene, and Patrick, all from Culpeper, VA; Joice and Michael from Princeton, NJ; and Odessa from Boston, MA. Gloria did not have any biological children, but she was a mother to both Mark Coyle from Boston, MA, who she loved like a son, Elnora Marie from Boston, MA, who she loved like a daughter, and Elnora Marie’s children - Yvonne, Kevin, Keva, Angie, Aten-Ra, Isis, Nebula, and Ida, who all lovingly called her Nana. Gloria Wright is incredibly missed and will forever be in our hearts.
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