Mueller's Chapel of the Falls

Ofelia "Baby" Torres Gloria, 70 years-old, died on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Trios Health (formerly Kennewick General Hospital) in Kennewick, Washington. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through a long-fought and valiant battle with cancer. Yet even throughout her own struggle, she reached out to others affected by the horrendous disease in many ways.

Ofelia was born on February 2, 1943 in Manila, Philippines. She attended Far Eastern University in Manila and received a degree in Accounting. She worked at Model City in New London, Connecticut, the Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Mississippi and finally at the Department of Energy in Richland, Washington.

She is survived by her husband, Virgilio Gloria, her son Virgil Gloria along with his wife Lisa Gloria and their son Patrick Gloria, her daughter Melissa Gloria Weitze along with her husband Mikael Weitze, and her three sisters, Luisa Veloria, Magdelena Aguirre and Rosario Pabalinas.

Throughout her life she maintained a sweet, kind and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten.

Rosary prayer service and viewing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 17 at St. Joseph's Church, 520 South Garfield, Kennewick, Washington 99336. Funeral mass will also be held at St. Joseph's Church at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18 and will be presided by Rev. Richard D. Sedlacek. Family and friends are welcome at both the rosary and funeral services. A reception will be held directly after the funeral mass in Dillon Hall at St. Joseph's Church. Interment will be held in private.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many heart-felt forms from too many people to name individually either through prayer and/or visits, neighbors, and even random acts of kindness through total "strangers."

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to: The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 2600 Network Boulevard, Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034.

You are invited to please share a memory on the Tribute Wall at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Tri-City Herald on Jan. 17, 2014