Gloria R. Bravo, 75
LITTLE RIVER, SC - Gloria R. Bravo, 75, died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at McLeod Seacoast Medical Center after a 10 month battle with lung cancer. Born on June 30, 1937 in Rutland, MA, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Margaret R. (Mosher) Willis.
Gloria is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Ray F. Wartman of Little River; her loving son, Jack F. Bravo; loving daughter, Heather R. Zettlemoyer; and sister, Helen M. LeBron. She is also survived by her cat, Mickey Bravo, who was always by her side. Six nieces and nephews along with several cousins, numerous friends and co-workers will miss her dearly.
Gloria received her bachelor's degree from Worcester State College in Worcester, MA. She went on to earn her Master's Degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. The celebration party after receiving her Master's Degree is one those in attendance won't soon forget!
Gloria was a Medical Technologist; she started working in the blood bank at the former Worcester City Hospital in MA. She became blood bank supervisor and then
laboratory manager. She was also the Director of the School of Medical Technology. After City Hospital closed, she continued on as lab manager at the Family Health and Social Service Center. She retired after that but couldn't stay away from the lab. She worked part time in the Blood Bank at Worcester Memorial Hospital. After moving to the Myrtle Beach area she worked in the laboratory at Grand Strand Hospital. She was dedicated to and loved her work, often calling in after her shift to check on particularly difficult cases.
Gloria was a fun-loving person who enjoyed being outdoors; she enjoyed camping, fishing and, Ray's favorite sport, golf. She had spent a lot of time during the summers going deep sea fishing on Cape Cod and in Westport, MA. She had also traveled to Alaska for halibut fishing. Once in Myrtle Beach, she took up golfing and was progressing nicely. Gloria enjoyed bowling, Bingo and many card games. She was an avid crossword puzzler, word search, Sudoku and the daily Jumble. Gloria was always willing to help someone in need. She will be remembered by her bright eyes, smiling face and cheerful personality.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm on Tuesday, January 15 at Lee Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
, 950 48th Avenue North, Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. The family would greatly appreciate your donation be designated to the cure for lung cancer.
Lee Funeral Home and Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family. A message of condolence may be sent to: