“Our most beautiful angel” Gloria Pendleton, 93, of Pinetop left her physical body to finally rest in paradise Sept. 5, 2013. Gloria was reunited with her wonderful parents, late husband Finis, brother Joe, son Brent, numerous friends and her heavenly Father.
Gloria is survived by her granddaughter, Sarah Pendleton; daughter-in-law Katrina; nephew Dr. Wallace Love and companion R. Jeffrey Hanson (R.J.). She is also survived by three great-nieces and two great-nephews.
Education was important to Gloria. She attended the University of Oklahoma and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She returned to college in mid-life to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in education and Master of Arts in education degrees from Arizona State University, and taught fifth grade at Galveston Elementary School in Chandler during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Retirement from teaching led Gloria from her home in Mesa to the pristine beauty of Pinetop, where she has resided full time since 1984.
Gloria remained active through her years by volunteering at the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce and the Humane Society of the White Mountains. Hobbies included completing daily crossword puzzles in ink up until last week. Gloria was a sports enthusiast and kept up with football, basketball and golf. In her younger years, Gloria was involved with music, singing and playing the organ. One of her first jobs was playing the organ during silent films. She was well-rounded and enjoyed traveling, entertaining and made the world’s best peanut butter chocolate pies.
Gloria’s laughter, inspiration and anecdotes will be greatly missed. A graveside service was held Sept. 9 at Mariposa Gardens, 400 S. Power Road in Mesa. A celebration memorial is pending in Pinetop. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Humane Society Animal Shelter, 3212 N. Porter Mountain Road, Pinetop, AZ 85935, on behalf of GG-Gorgeous Gloria.