Bird Rock shed a tear the other day over the loss of long time resident and good friend to many, Gloria Miles. She passed away peacefully on January 18, 2014, and is truly missed by her family and many friends. Gloria will best be remembered for her endless contributions to the revitalization of her beloved Bird Rock community. As a resident of Bird Rock since the early 1950s she saw and experienced many changes. Gloria and her husband, Hally, who preceded her in death in 2011, were known and recognized fixtures in and around Bird Rock and La Jolla. They both were involved in the Bird Rock Community Council for many years where she began writing a monthly column introducing new businesses and their owners to the community. Gloria was also instrumental in the development of the Bird Rock Annual Picnic and the Taste of Bird Rock. She loved being the 'Merchant Liaison' and was sometimes referred to as the 'Ambassador of Bird Rock". Gloria and her husband loved to support and patronize the local businesses and restaurants, as they took great pride in watching them excel and flourish.|
Gloria was born June 28, 1927, in Seattle, Washington, to parents, Harley and Lyle Jones. She attended the University of Washington where she is a lifetime member of the Chi Omega Sorority. Following graduation and marriage in 1950, she and her husband moved to California where they settled in Bird Rock in 1954. There the family started with son, Steve, and four years later with their daughter, Terry. She was involved in the Bird Rock Elementary School PTA, a den mother for the local Cub Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts, and helped at the La Jolla Ballet Dance studio with her daughter, Terry. Gloria also worked for many years in local retail including Gifts of La Jolla and Panache to name a couple.
She is survived by her children, Steve (Sandi) and Terry; brother-in-law, Harry (Carroll); grandchildren, David and Alisha; and numerous nephews.
Gloria was truly one of a kind, and a loving, caring person with a heart as big as "Bird Rock".
She will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, Hally, at the Miramar National Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
in her name.
Published in La Jolla Light on Feb. 27, 2014