Gloria "Dine" Bancroft
1940 - 2020
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Gloria "Dine" Bancroft

St. Albans - Gloria "Dine" Bancroft, 80 died Dec. 15, 2020 due to COVID-19 surrounded by the nurses from Saint Albans Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

Born on January 29, 1940 in Berlin, VT she grew up in Plainfield, VT attending schools in Plainfield. Upon graduating High School, she worked for National Life from 1959-1964, she worked as a dispatcher for the State of VT and also went on narcotics investigations from 1964-1969. From 1969-1971 Gloria worked as a Corrections Officer, where she was in charge of female prisoners and supervised female Corrections Officers. In 1971 she became a Police Officer for Burlington City Police and in 1973 she was promoted as the First Female Detective for the Burlington Police Department. In 1976 she moved to Florida to work as a Private Investigator. She also carried the torch by filing an Equal Pay for Equal Work suit against the City of Burlington in 1975 and won. Her career also includes Digital and a small business owner of a store/deli at Bean's Corner for 3 years in South Burlington.

In 1994 Gloria suffered a massive stroke that altered her life. She was an avid sports fan loving her NY Giants and Yankees. She loved sports and music (Elvis Presley), young people and people with a sense of humor like hers. She was well known as a participant in the Burlington Women's Softball League as an outstanding pitcher. Gloria impacted many people's lives by the choices she made and the standards that she set; she was a Supreme role model. The family and friends that adored Gloria are countless. Her saying in life was "Gotta keep on keepin' on".

Gloria is survived by her daughter Jessica Bancroft-Colby, her grandchildren Kyla Kelley, Dustin Francis, Jonathan Francis and Shawn Francis, and great grandchildren whom she adored. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Jean Bancroft, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and great nieces and nephews who worshiped the ground she walked on. She is predeceased by her mother Laura "Gertrude" Bancroft, father Horace Bancroft, sister Christine Hudsaon, brothers Wayne Bancroft, Collin MacIver and Norman MacIver.

The service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation to the American Cancer Society, an organization which Gloria supported. Gloria challenged residents at Cathedral Square that if she raised $100 for the Cancer Society she would shave her head. She was successful with raising the money and indeed did shave her head. Gifts can be sent to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 1070, Williston VT, 05495. Please write "Relay For Life Chittenden" in the memo section of the check.

Arrangements are in care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service. To send online condolences to her family please visit

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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2020.
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December 20, 2020
I knew Gloria from Cathedral Square. She was a spunky lady with a great sense of humor...I will miss her dearly.
Valerie Corbin
December 20, 2020
I knew Gloria from the softball league. RIP my friend. You have fought the good fight.
Lou Bashaw Clarino
December 19, 2020
I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Gloria- I stopped in to really meet the people we are losing. Gloria's passing saddens me, her life inspires me.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Warm regards to you folks; Gloria's family,
Paula M Mack
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