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Gloria Elizabeth Turquette Brydon

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Gloria Elizabeth Turquette Brydon Obituary
Brydon, Gloria Elizabeth Turquette Gloria was born on Sept 27 1926 in Texarkana TX. She passed away peacefully on June 17, 2013 in Dallas TX. Gloria was blessed with a world class contralto voice that was enjoyed and admired whether performing on stage or in church. Her career with her blessed husband and accompanist Russell spanned 50 yrs, giving people great joy on special occasions and healing solace during troubled times. Gloria's family included her father Clyde Cecil Turquette, mother Elizabeth Eulalia Turquette, two brothers Clyde Cecil Turquette Jr., and Jack Lafayette Turquette, all of whom have passed away. Last September she lost the love of her life Russell John Brydon Jr., after 62 yrs of wedded bliss, she is survived by her son Russell John Brydon III, and six wonderful nieces and nephews and their families. Education was very important to Gloria. She was in the National Honor Society at Sunset High School and head of the majorettes. While at SMU she really excelled becoming one of the top five female graduates and a charter member of Mortar Board, graduating High Honors. Gloria was a proud member of the Delta Gamma Sorority and maintained those friendships throughout her life. Gloria began her vocal career studying with Mrs Edgar Wells, while attending Sunset HS, at this time she was also the soloist for Kessler Park Methodist Church. At SMU her major professor was Elise Hay Golden, and after graduation she studied with Mac Harrell. Through the fifties, Gloria was a featured soloist with the Aspen Music Festival, where she performed under the direction of Walter Hendel. Gloria also spent the summer of 1956 doing Summer Stock in Kennebunkport Maine. During this time she also performed many times with the renowned Herta Glatz and Karen Bronzelle. Mother was well renowned for her roles in Cosi Fan Tutti, and Amal & The Night Visitors. Upon returning from Europe in the 1960s Gloria and Russell built their lovely summer home in Cuchara, CO. This was a special place for all who visited, with lots of love, good food, and great parties. Gloria taught piano and voice for many years and her students were a wonderful part of her life. She took special pride in their accomplishments and loved helping them get ready for the musicals at Woodrow Wilson HS. Gloria and Russell enjoyed a life long love affair that was truly wonderful to behold. As Dad's health failed last year she never left his side and now they are together in paradise. Gloria's passing was very difficult, she spent 10 weeks in ICU. The staffs at Presbyterian Hospital and Kindred Central were exceptional in her care of we thank them. A memorial service in Gloria's honor will take place at 2p Tues June 25th, at The Church of the Incarnation, 3946 McKinney Ave. 75205. A reception will follow at the church. Memorials may be made the The Music Fund at Church of the Incarnation. Gloria lived a full and happy life with lots of friends, a lovely family and a wonderful career. Although she will be missed, her memory will endure forever in the lives she touched.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from June 23 to June 25, 2013
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