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Gloria Esther Full

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Full, Gloria Esther
Gloria Esther Full, 71, died peacefully on October 4th, surrounded by her daughters Virginia and Vicky, grandchildren Tatum and Noah, and closest friends. Her service, work, and legacy will continue to impact many state, local and national communities for many years to come. Gloria moved to the states from Montevideo, Uruguay, when she was 26. She obtained a Master's degree in social work from Arizona State University. Her service to the greater Phoenix area began in the public school system where she was a social worker for the Murphy School District. She later moved to the medical setting where she served pediatric and adult patients and families as a social worker, volunteer, and advocate at Phoenix Children's Hospital and several Banner facilities. Her time in the medical setting was spent developing programs and support groups for patients and families battling cancer. Over the course of her life Gloria taught, mentored, and provided clinical supervision to social work students at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. She retired from the City of Phoenix where she was an integral part of building and supporting the Family Advocacy Center. She advocated for victims of domestic violence and their children. Gloria's untiring dedication and involvement with several charitable organizations was inspiring. She served the Lymphoma Research Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and most recently the Ironwood Cancer & Research Center. Her reach extended beyond the border and into Obregon, Mexico, where she was an active member of the Rotary Club and provided support to the community there. She used her voice to expose and inform the effects of water contamination at the Marine Base in Camp Lejeune that personally affected her as well as her children and grandchildren. She educated local, state and national policy in Washington, DC. She embodied, love, caring, selflessness, change, and justice for all. This enormous loss is felt by thousands of people who experienced and knew her. "Gloria was a mother and a Nani. She was a professor, a mentor, an advocate, a mom away from home, and a friend. She was a voice for those who did not have one and an advocate for everyone who needed her. Her warm and gentle spirit was coupled with strength and courage. She will be missed but never forgotten." Services for this amazing woman were held on October 10th at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Mesa, Arizona. Her family asks that in in her memory, donations be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Arizona Chapter. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.heritagefuneralchapels.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 16, 2016
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