Gloria Gardiner, 93, born April 19th, 1927, in Boston, Ma, and formally of Milford, passed away in her sleep on Sunday, May 24th, 2020.
Gloria moved to the Milford area in the Fall of 1990. After retirement, she volunteered at the SHARE Clothing Barn and involved herself with many community organizations, serving as an officer for some. There was the local AARP chapter, the Milford Area Seniors, and the VFW Auxilary. There were the Madd Hatters, which gave her much joy. She was adopted by Terri Yensz as a second mother and her co-conspirators called her ‘Lady Glo’.
There were bus tours with the Rec. Dept. and summer concerts in the park. She enjoyed lunch at Windows on West Street and the occasional spaghetti supper.
Gloria lived at Granite Square where she was friends with many of her neighbors and considered them her second family. She joined activities in the community room and would bring her deviled eggs to potluck suppers.
For years she would drive to Medford, MA, to pick up her lifelong friends Kay Capezzuto, Marie Bradbury and Claire Selewich for a day of shopping and lunch. She and Kay had raised their children together years earlier.
She worked as part of the management team at a McDonalds franchise in Lowell for years and mothered all the young people. This resulted in many graduation, wedding, and baby shower invitations. There she met Mary Turner, now of Milford, and they remained lifelong friends.
Gloria is predeceased by her parents, Philip and Josephine (Shehab) DeMarco and her beloved brother, Philip John Demarco.
She was a phenominal mother and grandmother, dedicated to the happiness of her family. She leaves behind son Michael DeVitto and wife Lee, of Andover, MA, son Steven Devitto of Acworth, GA, daughter Marianne DeVitto-Fields and husband Michael, of Acworth, GA, son Master Gunnery Sergeant James Gardiner, USMC, and wife Pam, of Jacksonville, NC, and honorary son Donald Stetson of Milford, NH. She also leaves behind granddaughter Jennifer DeVitto of Medford, MA, grandson Shawn Stetson and wife Lady of Calhoun, GA, grandson Spencer Cote of Acworth, GA, grandson Kurt Gardiner and wife Nikki of Jacksonville, NC, grandson Keith Gardiner, also of Jacksonville, NC, and greatgrandson Xavier Stetson of Calhoun, GA.
For those of us who were priviledged to call her Ma, Granny, or GG, we look forward to the day we will be together again. Until then she will always remain in our hearts. She will be sorely missed.
Gloria was a friend to all and loved by many. The world will be a poorer place without her.