Gloria Taylor Meeker- born in Everett, Washington 7/11/1921 to parents Claire Hambidge and Irving Thorsvig. Of Norwegian descent, her vivaciousness and stamina convinced her family she possessed Viking blood. While in high school, Gloria visited her older sister Pat, a student at the University of Washington. Meeting a young fraternity man there, Theodore Aiken Mckay, supercharged her efforts to complete high school, attend the university and pursue the man of her dreams. Marry they did, but sadly Ted was killed in ww2, never seeing their newborn namesake son. Gloria returned home and was widowed for four years until being courted by Irving A. Meeker jr., M.D., a visiting aircraft carrier's ship doctor from New Jersey. Marrying after the war, they moved to Boston, Ma where Dr. Meeker completed his pediatric surgical residency. Here they welcomed children Ann Hunt Meeker, Irving A. Meeker 3rd, and Claire Cannon Meeker. Opportunity beckoned in Los Angeles, and the young family boarded the Super Chief train and crossed the country settling in Pasadena in 1953. Dr. Meeker began his pediatric surgical practice and their family added children Jane Taylor Meeker and William Reed Meeker. William died shortly after birth, and daughter Jane later passed of Cystic Fibrosis at 22 years. Gloria was active in the Junior League, Nine O'clock Players, and volunteered at Children's Hospital and Huntington Hospital when not raising her five children. She enjoyed memberships in the Valley Hunt Club, the California Club, and the Town Club. Moving to a smaller home following her husband's death in 2000, she spent 14 happy years with friends both young and old visiting her house nightly for cocktails, dominoes, conversation and laughter. An Episcopalian, Gloria attended All Saints church and later Church of our Savior where she worshipped, attended bible study, and practiced yoga.
Superlatives were needed to describe her physical beauty and radiance, and coupled with a great sense of humor, mischievous streak and selfless compassion, one could only say that Gloria was dynamite. Possessed by deep love, Gloria effortlessly exuded grace, style and taste and always found plenty to love in each person.
Her determination, fortitude, tenacity, and intelligence were amply on display as she made her own decisions in her remaining days. We who love her are exceedingly proud of her life and our connection to her. The inspiration provided by the example of her indomitable positivity and zest for life fuels our aspiration to incorporate her qualities, values, and character into our being in an attempt to embrace life as she did each day on earth. Thank you and we love you.
Memorial service to be held at Church of Our Saviour,535 West Roses Road, San Gabriel, Ca 91755 on 5/31/2014 at 11:00 A.M., reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to either:
1. Barlow Respiratory Hospital c/o The Jane Meeker garden, 2000 Stadium Way, Los Angeles, Ca 90026.
2. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on May 18, 2014