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Gloria Blades


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Gloria Blades Obituary
Gloria Blades

Gloria Blades, beloved mother and devoted wife, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 24, 2014. She was a beautiful, gracious lady with an indomitable spirit who grew up the 7th of 8 children in Washington, North Carolina. Her mother died when Gloria was only 6 years old, and she was taken to live with her Aunt Eugenia Mitchell in "Little Washington," in a big, old Victorian house along with her beloved younger sister, Sylvia Thompson. She was taught to play the piano by Gwen Bell, who lived several doors down on Harvey Street. The neighborhood children would congregate on the large front porch as Mother played "Glow Worm" and other favorites on long summer afternoons. Mother also played the organ at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Upon graduation from high school in the summer of '42, she was accepted by the civil service and went to live in "Big Washington" (D.C.), where she worked for the Navy Department, which was a bustling place during World War II. She met many prominent figures during the war years, but the most memorable was Eleanor Roosevelt, to whom she was introduced at a Junior Army Navy Guild Organization reception.

It was also at a JANGO function where Mother met William A. Blades, her future husband. He followed her up the stairs as he saw her for the first time. It was love at first sight. After Mother and Dad married, they lived in Chicago for several years, where Dad worked for the Atomic Energy Commission. They moved to New York in 1955 where Dad worked for several years as an auditor and then for the US Military Academy at West Point where he was employed as Assistant Treasurer. By this time there were four children: Will Blades, Sylvia Cunningham, Sarah Alguard and Nora Gilotti. Mother shared her love of music with the family, and many happy hours were spent in sing-alongs of Rogers and Hammerstein songs and other popular music, as Mother played the piano and sang beautifully. She gave piano lessons to all her children and eventually taught piano to other students as well. The family's happiest years were spent in New York's Hudson River Valley, attending basketball games at West Point and outdoor concerts at Trophy Point, where the Cadet Band made the hills literally come alive with "The Sound of Music." The family was blessed to attend Stony Point Presbyterian Church and privileged to meet the many missionaries who were trained there. Mother built for her family a firm foundation of Christian faith during these years at Stony Pt., as she taught Sunday school and led a ladies circle. Dad served as Superintendent of the Sunday school. The family moved to Washington State in 1967.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000, and survived by her four children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Floral Hills, 409 Filbert Road, Lynnwood, at 3:00 on Sat., February 8th. Memorials can be made to Christian Appalachian Project or the National Federation of the Blind.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 2, 2014
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