Estelle "Gloria" Remez(1920)

Estelle "Gloria" Remez was born on January 8, 1920 in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Ben and Sarah Gilman. She passed away peacefully on October 23, 2012 from complications of a cardiac ailment she suffered in August. She will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. She was preceded in death in 2007 by Ziv Remez, her husband of 60 years.

Gloria, as she was known to her friends, was a fiercely independent woman who lived her life to the fullest. She grew up in Boston during the Great Depression; yet found a way to attend nursing school at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in New York City. After becoming a Registered Nurse, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps. As a 1st Lieutentant and Registered Nurse, she served throughout World War II on several hospital ships, traveling to Italy, Tunisia, England to transport wounded American soldiers to America.

After the war, she attended New York University, majoring in Physical Education. In an act of fate, she was chosen to represent her Boston group at the Jewish War Veterans' march to Washington DC. While there, she met her future husband, Captain Ziv Remez of the US Air Force, who also served his country throughout WWII. After just a few months, with visits arranged between Washington, DC and Boston, they decided to marry and settle in DC, where Ziv was employed by the Civil Service Commission. They stayed nearly 30 years, raising two daughters, Elana and Shereen. Gloria continued her work as a nurse, serving in occupational health at NIH and other Federal agencies, and as a private duty nurse in area hospitals. Ziv and Gloria enjoyed traveling, tennis, dance lessons, and especially liked Carribean cruises and trips to Israel to see family and friends.

Upon retirement, Gloria and Ziv moved to Florida where they built a beach house in Inlet Beach, and a house at Bay Point in Panama City. Gloria continued her nursing work part-time, and took up tennis in a big way, serving as the Co-Captain of her tennis team when she was 80. She loved playing with many younger members, was fiercely competitive, and very proud that her team won their flight the year she turned 80. She was active in the Bay Point community and also a member of the Panama City "Red Hats". She loved to dance, and she and Ziv could often be seen at local events around town displaying the latest "cha-cha" or rumba steps. When Ziv became ill and needed care, Gloria became his go-to "24/7" private duty nurse, and she continued in this role until his death at age 89.

For the next five years, she spent a lot of time with her daughters, enjoying vacations with her three grandchildren, Laura (age 22), Sarah (age 20) and Erik (age 23), and other family members at her beach house in Inlet Beach. She traveled extensively with her daughter, Shereen and son-in-law, Lee Johnson, to destinations such as New Orleans, Mexico, Minnesota and Denver. She loved dining out with family, and kept up her keen interest in physical activity through water aerobics, yoga and dance. She always maintained her strong will and desire for independence, and lived her nearly 93 years "her way."

Gloria will be missed by all, and remembered as a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, wife and veteran nurse.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Nov. 25, 2012