Marguerite “Gloria” James, 85, of Gulf Breeze FL, left her earthly body and entered the kingdom of heaven on August 18, 2019 surrounded by those who loved her.
Gloria is survived by daughters Debra Lowery, Gloria Napier and Linda Brady and sons Joseph, Gary, and Anthony James. Along with 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and her poodle Molly.
She is preceded in death by her grandson Shane Napier, her son Arthur James Jr., and her husband of 55 years, Arthur James Sr.
Gloria was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Thomas Riordan and Grace Lou Anne Janvrin. She was the 12th of 14 children and was born into a family of musicians. Gloria and Arthur married in 1954 and left the place they called home and traveled the world as a military family- "side by side". Gloria supported her husband proudly throughout his 20+ years of service, including a tour to Vietnam. Arthur retired from the Air Force in 1976 and they settled in Pensacola Beach in 1978, where they called home for over 20 years.
Gloria dedicated her life to her family and the Lord. Gloria ministered to those around her through her selfless sacrifice and love of music. Gloria spent her time teaching music to her family, children in the community and at her church, St. Ann’s. Gloria was a treasured music teacher, choir member and devotee for many years. Gloria was known for her giving heart, Boston accent, and beautiful voice.
She was a beloved mother, a cherished grandmother, and a loyal friend who will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Visitation will be held at Rose Lawn Funeral Home from 5 to 7 PM, Thursday, August 22, 2019. The service will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, August 23, 2019 at St Ann's Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze with a reception in the parish hall following the burial at Barrancas National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze.
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