Gloria Belle Maxwell

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McDermott-Crockett & Associates Mortuary
2020 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at her home in Santa Barbara on July 25th, 2015 .

Gloria, was born on April 11, 1928 in Rockwall, TX to Eugene, Sr. and Mary Emma. She was the Captain of the Polytechnic High School ROTC in Fort Worth, TX. She married Joseph (Joe) B. Maxwell on July 20, 1946. Shortly after their wedding, Gloria joined Joe in Yakota, Japan as they embarked upon a life full of travel and adventure, blessed by the love of a growing family and the richness of lifelong friendships. Gloria always had such a warmth and magnetism about her that she often attracted people's attention.One special experience she shared over the years is when she and her husband Joe went to a performance by none other than the legendary Duke Ellington at the Vandenberg AFB Officer's Club. During his performance, Mr. Ellington paused and asked if anyone had a request, to which Gloria replied, "How about Satin Doll?" He smiled, invited Gloria to sit with him at his piano bench and proceeded to play "Satin Doll" for her. Upon retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Joe and Gloria settled in Santa Barbara, CA where they've lived for the past 49 years.

Gloria leaves behind her beloved husband, Joseph, Sr., and her ten children: Gary (and wife Ann); John (and wife Cristine); Timothy (and wife Adele); Joseph, Jr. (and wife Julia); Gloria (and husband Richard); Robert C. (and wife Ursula); Susan; David (and wife Lydia); Stephen (and wife Renee); Joan (and husband Lito). In addition she leaves behind her eighteen loving grandchildren: Andrew, Caitlin, Meghan, David, Spencer, Nolan, Paige, Jacqueline, Brendan, Nora, Jan, Tim, Trevor, Hector, Danica, Craig, Jessica, and Indiana, as well as her four great grandchildren: Andrea, Maxwell, Ella, and Amara.

Gloria also leaves behind her sister, Marianne Hartzel and sister-in-law Vera, and is preceded in death by her twin brother, Eugene.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated caregivers, especially Hilaria and Isaac, as well as visiting nurses who patiently and lovingly were by Gloria's side, allowing her to remain in her home. The family extends its gratitude to Hospice for their support and services toward the end of Gloria's life.

Lovingly remembered as a devoted, affectionate wife, mother, and friend, she gave selflessly of herself with sensitivity and humor. She loved every addition to the family as if they were her own.

She created a warm and welcoming home for family and friends, and she endeared herself to many. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A small memorial service will be held on Friday, July 31st at 11:30 am at the McDermott-Crockett memorial chapel at 2020 Chapala St., Santa Barbara.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, 512 E. Gutierrez Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 29 to Aug. 2, 2015
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