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May 11, 1925 - October 3, 2015 Gloria Hodges Muldoon passed away Oct 3, 2015 after saying goodbye to her loved ones. Gloria was born to deaf parents Harley and Maude Stottler on May 11, 1925 in Pontiac, Michigan.Harley was a star semi-pro athlete and Maude a graduate of Gallaudet College. They met during WWI while building blimps for Goodyear. Gloria had a sister, Geneva, that she loved and adored, but lost her early in life to MS. Gloria was an excellent student earning perfect attendance awards, and was very popular in high school. She was School President and certified on her Proficiency in "Indexing and Filing". Gloria loved to dance and it started early in life, she first appeared in the Juvenile Dance Review of 1938 at Pontiac High School Auditorium. She spent vacations in Canada at the Dardanella Dance Pavilion, Wasaga Beach Ontario. It was on a vacation to Florida in 1941 when Gloria became a blonde, the look she would be remembered for the rest of her life.. Gloria's first job was working at the AAA Club in Pontiac, MI, however her love of dance lead her to teach at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. But longing for a change in her life, she decided to make the move to California. She moved in with her Aunt Lou and found work at the local Macy's on Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles. This is where she met her husband John, who was selling cars. She loved to tell the story how the guys would whistle at her as she walked home from work but John didn't. She finally crossed the street to talk to him and impressed with his John Wayne looks they soon married. John and Gloria lead a typical Southern California lifestyle of the 50's. Dining in clubs like Earl Carroll's on Sunset, they were often mistaken for movie stars. Gloria became pregnant in 1957 and gave birth to Kevin in 1958. John and Gloria moved around finally landing in La Canada in 1961. John found a job selling Allstate Insurance at the Sears in Glendale, and Gloria continued her role as homemaker and mother. Shortly after Gloria had her son Kirk in 1962, she then began her journey raising two boys. John and Gloria separated as friends and remained close until John's death in 1998. Gloria showed her boys not only the country, but the world. Gloria would grab a TripTik and take her boys cross country by car to see the USA and visit cousins in Pontiac. She took her boys coast to coast seeing sights like Washington DC and Times Square in New York. Traveling with her parents, Gloria took her family to the Deaf Olympics in Malmo, Sweden, stopping in Paris and London on the way. Being on her own she turned to the only skill she knew- sign language. Gloria began interpreting for Herb Tours, a first of its kind travel agency aimed at the deaf. Gloria traveled the world, handling not only sightseeing and interpreting, but also the day-to-day logistics of traveling overseas. Needing more in her life, she heard of an opening for a interpreter at Cal State Northridge. Gloria went on to become the first interpreter for the deaf at CSUN. After setting up that program she moved on and joined Pasadena City College in a new department that just opened of interpreters for the deaf. After years of part time work Gloria was recognized as essential part of the college and was offered full time employment where she stayed until retirement. Gloria loved working at PCC and left a lasting impression on generations of students. Gloria was often the most asked for interpreter at PCC because of her basic spelling style that allowed students a better understanding of what was being said. After retirement Gloria went back to her true love, dancing, taking up square dancing with a passion. Again, like Gloria had done her whole life she became the photographer for many clubs including Dons'N Donettes, Boots and Slippers and later President of the B&Bs club. Gloria is survived by her sons Kevin (daughter in-law Linda) and Kirk, as well as granddaughters Mackenzie and Eden. Gloria was preceded in death by her granddaughter Madeline. Gloria will be laid to rest at Grandview Cemetery. Arraignments are pending. In lieu of flowers make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation www.cff.org. Condolences can be sent to: 818/841-7156; [email protected]
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2015
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