In Memory

Gloria Carter (Patterson)

Gloria Carter (Patterson)

March 1, 1943 - May 16, 2013



Gloria M Carter Patterson, 70, of Normal died at 12:08 p.m, Thursday, (May 16, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today, (Sunday) at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.  Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dennis Powers officiating.  Private inurnment will be in Park Hill Cemetery at a later date.  Cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Heart and Lung Association in her honor.

Gloria was born March 1, 1943, in Bloomington, daughter of Jess Carter, Sr. and Edith Joyce Adams Carter.  She married Charles Q. Patterson on November 26, 1964, in Las Vegas, currently of Normal.

She is survived by her four children, Donna, Claremont, California; Jeffery, Gridley; James "Rob), Cleveland; and Janet, Bloomington; one sister, Carol Stripling, Surry, VA, two brothers, Jess Carter, Jr, Bloomington; and George Carter, Normal; best friend and daughter figure, Bonnie M. Sebring Ohio; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, four sisters, two brothers and stepfather.

Gloria was raised in Bloomington, graduating from Bloomington High School in 1961.

She very much enjoyed bowling, and was involved in several different leagues where she successfully gained recognition and awards for her talent.  She also enjoyed camping.  Whether she was in a camper, a tent or under a canopy of stars, as long as she had a campfire and a fishing pole she was content.  Her biggest passion was helping others.  This was evident in her yearly participation in Glenn Elementary School's Adopt-a-Family program which assists families in need by giving them access to clothing, Christmas gifts and small household accessories donated by local merchants.  Like many other volunteers, Gloria would visit local neighborhood businesses encouraging them to get involved with the program and donate their products.

Gloria worked in property management/real estate for 22 years, retiring in 1994.  Not being fully content with the slower pace retirement had to offer, she eventually picked up a position as a service representative for Clear Channel Airport Advertising in 1997, where she continued to work until her passing.

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