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Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary

3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA

OBITUARY

Gloria Linda de Jesus

April 1, 1989June 24, 2020
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Gloria Linda de Jesus, age 31, of Chula Vista, California passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Gloria was born April 1, 1989 in Monterey, California.

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Eduardo Galván

July 9, 2020

I met her online, in a site named GPX. We worked together among other people to help people get an achievement. Her energy drew me to help her help 2000 people get the achievement. She was very helpful and energetic, and directed all of us towards the goal. I will miss her greatly.

Thank you for all the fun we had together at GPX. I'll never forget you.

J.t Schouten

July 9, 2020

She was my friend at southwestern college I just found out today about her passing. Fly high with the angels

Roland de Jesus

July 8, 2020

Thank you so very much to all of Gloria's friends and family that were able to join us, both at Glen Abbey and online via facebook live streaming, for Gloria's viewing, Rosary, and Vigil service at Glen Abbey on July 6, 2020 and Gloria's funeral Mass at Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Rite of Committal at Glen Abbey on July 7, 2020.
Our family is comforted by all your words of love, comfort, and encouragement, and your stories of how Gloria affected your lives in so many positive ways touched us deeply.
We will partner with the Southwestern College (SWC) Foundation and Professor Mark Valen, Gloria's mentor at SWC, to establish a scholarship in Gloria's name for Landscape and Nursery Technology (LNT) students at SWC to carry on Gloria's love of nature and the outdoors. All who have read Gloria's biography know how much she loved working and volunteering at the South Bay Botanic Garden at Southwestern College.
God bless each and everyone of you who shared your love for Gloria with us through personal conversations, cards, letters, e-mail, on-line posts, flowers, and videos. We are truly blessed to know Gloria has such good friends who love her as much as we do. We will do our very best to see that Gloria's legacy lives on in the future LNT students who will, in turn, beautify the neighborhoods we all live in.
With Love and Gratitude,
The de Jesus Family

Oliver Vera

July 8, 2020

I met Gloria at SWC, through many years we bonded over our love for chess, Lord of The Rings (I pretended to be the bigger fan but she clearly knew the lore much much better than me), creativity, deep talks about faith and our experiences. I loved listening to her poetry, now i wish i had heard more of it, but i know what they were about, they were statements about sincerity, about retrospection. They were simple, personal and unafraid of expressing herself. Many fun experiences we shared with gloria in and out of chess club, too many to remember altogether, they will be coming as time passes, they are coming as i write this. She left a mark on me. I will remember her as a cheerful woman never afraid of losing, always striving to understand others and to be understood.
To her family: you raised a beautiful woman, her laugh will be on my memory, her witty remarks and solemn statements come back as sincere hope, she hoped for things to get better in every respect, you raised a kind person with genuine love for everyone she met.
Her passing took me by surprise, but writing this condolence i cried for your daughter.

Oliver

Michael Wickert

July 7, 2020

My deepest condolences to Gloria’s family and friends.
I met Gloria as part of the NeuroLinks ASD student group at Southwestern College. As a professor and a parent of autistic child, it was so wonderful to see Gloria’s acceptance of who she is and that constant determination to live her best life.
The news of her passing makes me very sad, but I am also encouraged to see how much love she spread out to the world and how many people truly cares for her.

Bonita Hyde

July 7, 2020

To the DeJesus family, my deepest condolences. Gloria was a jewel, a miracle that changed this world. She will be truly missed. I believe her spirit is now soaring in light and love. She is our angel now and I’m sure she is watching over all just as she did in life.

Roland, Miriam and family, my prayer is you will be comforted in your heart knowing that Gloria’s Spirit lives on.

Love always Bonita Hyde and Family ❤️

Meredith Sinclair

July 7, 2020

I was very saddened to hear about Gloria's passing. She was a warm, caring, intelligent young lady. She was appreciated as a student, volunteer and employee of the LNT department. Gloria never passed up an opportunity to participate and learn but we all learned just as much from Gloria as she learned from us.

Thanks for the beautiful smiles Gloria and a thousand hugs to you,
Meredith

Jeanne and Mom Nati Guanzon

July 7, 2020

Our condolences to the De Jesus Family!

Gloria will always forever be in our hearts!


Aloha from Jeanne and Mom

Antonio & Ruth Fausto

July 6, 2020

To Roland, Miriam, & family,

I am sorry for your loss of Gloria. It really must be difficult to lose a loved one, especially your own daughter. Prayers and peace to you all, and that God will guide you through this difficult situation in life. I am always a phone call away. Don’t hesitate to call anytime.

Love, Tony and Ruth

EMLYN VALLES

July 6, 2020

Dear Rollie, Luisa, Ray and the entire DeJesus family,

We extend our deepest sympathy to you from the Buenaventura family. Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.

May our Lord bring comfort and healing during this difficult time.

Love always,
Emlyn

FROM THE FAMILY

Hello, World! Gloria Linda de Jesus, April 1, 1989, just a few hours old.

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6 lbs, 13 ounces!

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Hello, Mom! :-)

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Coming home from Ft. Ord Army Hospital, Monterey, CA, 4 April 1989.

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Pop and I! :-)

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Hi, Everyone! My First Christmas at Lolo Willie's and Lola Tita's house!

Biography

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
—Matthew 11:28

“I am human. Are you not? I wish to have no trouble with anyone. God is patient. Peace be yours! ♫ <3”
–Gloria de Jesus

Gloria Linda de Jesus was born on April 1, 1989, at the Silas B. Hayes Army Community Hospital, Ft. Ord, Monterey, CA, to Roland and Miriam de Jesus. Gloria has one older sister, Christina, and two younger brothers, David, and Joseph.

Gloria grew up in Monterey, CA; Guam; San Diego, CA; and Chula Vista, CA. She attended Harbor View Elementary School, Chula Vista Hills Elementary School, Rancho Del Rey Middle School, and Otay Ranch High School.

At Otay Ranch High School, Gloria was on the cross-country team, golf team, and Academic League team that competed in the Academic Decathlon, and earned a Letterman’s Jacket in Golf and Academic League. Gloria was also awarded the Most Improved Runner trophy in cross-country for improving her race times by over two minutes during the season.

At Southwestern College, Gloria was very active in Associated Student Organization (ASO) affairs, being Secretary, VP and Co-President of the Abilities Beyond Limitation through Education (ABLE) Club; and earned the ASO VP for Club Affairs Award in 2017; the Inter-Club Council Representative of the Year for 2018; and ASO Senator of the Year for 2019.

Gloria loved working as a student intern, and volunteering in the South Bay Botanic Garden (SBBG) from 2012-2019, and earned an Associate of Science degree in Nursery Occupations: Retail Nursery/Plant Production from Southwestern College, in May 2019.

Gloria helped create a promotional video for the SBBG. Professor Mark Valen, Gloria's mentor and horticulture professor shared this video about the SBBG in which Gloria takes part twice (about 1:37, then 3:37).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=7fXLHKXanPU

Gloria suffered from bi-polar disorder and autism, but she always did her best, persevering in every endeavor she challenged herself to undertake.

Gloria was an organ donor, and donated her brain to the University of California Davis Mind Institute, the world's leading autism research center, with the goal of helping improve the quality of life for individuals living with autism and their families by creating new technology development, clinical care, and research.

Gloria was a devout Catholic, eagerly looking forward to attending Mass at Corpus Christi Church and singing in the 10:30 AM choir as an alto. Gloria was a parishioner at Corpus Christi since 1998 and was confirmed by Bishop Gilbert Chavez in 2007 at Corpus Christi. Gloria supported and enjoyed the social interaction with other parishioners at the Knights of Columbus Breakfasts and Lenten Fish Fry Fridays, the Angel Tree during Christmas, and the annual Corpus Christi picnics. When the pandemic occurred, she missed the social contact with fellow parishioners and choir members, even though she still watched the online services on Sunday.

Her faith kept her grounded through her daily struggle with bi-polar disorder and autism, especially after experiencing the passing of her great-grandmother in 2017, her maternal grandparents in 2018, and her paternal grandparents in 2019.

Here is Gloria, in the words of her friends and family:

“… belonging to the people on earth who are angels, healers with a mission to serve a purpose of love, understanding and hope…”

“…welcomed me with open arms…”

“She asked me how I felt, what my dreams were, she gave me encouragement, she made me laugh, she was kind…”

“She was a beautiful individual full of light…”

“Gloria gave me hope, she believed in me…”

“One thing that stuck with me, from one of our conversations, was her asking me to never lose hope in my children, to always protect them and to remember I was their most important advocate. That I was to be their safe space.”

“She always had a smile on her face and the most gentle energy that kept us balanced week after week.”

“…God gives his worst battles to his best warriors.”

“I always loved Gloria's poems, her words of wisdom…”

“Your smile nourished us,
"For Heaven's Garden you left,
"Who will tend our hearts?”

“You are always so jolly, caring, loving, and very respectful to everyone around you…
“You are very smart and can speak Tagalog well. You are also very artistic…
“I loved your floral arrangements and the headbands you wore that you made out of love…”

“The world and the Southwestern College community will forever be impacted by Gloria’s light. She has touched so many lives and leaves a legacy of selfless service to our campus and fellow students and friends.”

“I met Gloria at Southwestern College through student government. She was very welcoming and friendly. I approached her because she was very vocal about being on the spectrum and I have a daughter who is also on the spectrum. She would always give me advice on how to approach different situations and how to care for someone who has ASD. She was a very deep and creative person; she always had a smile on her face. I really enjoyed her poems and her drawings. She would even post words of encouragement around the ASO offices for students to read. I am truly saddened by her passing and will never forget her. She was an amazing and inspirational person.”

“Great was Gloria's ability to be her authentic self - open & friendly.
“Loving to her family, friends, and school/work mates - she/we bloomed.
“Outstanding clarity at seeing the world with her unique view.
“Rare, deep understanding which she shared in poetic writings.
“Insightful to make associations of her inner thoughts and feelings.
“A true angel who touched others with her real compassion and love.
“Glorious GLORIA! A life lived making a difference
“- we circle 'round.”

“Gloria was such a bright light…I loved having the honor of seeing her grow from a sweet child into a kind and gentle adult. My most cherished memory of Gloria is the way she always greeted me (and everyone else I presume) as we arrived at Lolo Willie and Lola Tita's for Sunday brunches. She always flashed her beautiful smile, followed by a resounding, "hi Auntie Lizz." She always made me feel so special! Beautiful, intelligent, loving, kind are just a few adjectives to describe her. Such a jewel, the world is a little dimmer without her.”

“I first met Gloria at SWCCD, as an ICC rep for the Clay Club. She always had a smile and a good word for all she met. In clay class and floral class, she would greet me with her smiling grin and a laugh…I loved her writings she would send me. She had such a way with the written word.”

"Gloria de Jesus was a beautiful spirit that will be remembered as a great member of the SWC community with her kind words, poetic voice and friend to all, her heart ❤️ and love for people will forever live in our hearts."

"Missed, not Forgotten. A dear colleague who impacted my return to college at my age. Gloria de Jesus you were so loved and honoured by many in our Horticulture Dept."

"She was always singing!!! 😃"

"Gloria de Jesus Everyone misses you 💙💙💙 thank you for being an amazing friend to me."

"It occurred to me that when people gather, hold hands and unite, it forms a powerful circle. Gloria: deeply loved, missed and remembered."

"She was a pillar in the community, leading several groups focused on helping everyone reach their goals. She never hesitated to reach out to others to help them with their problems no matter what they were. After breaking the news of her passing, dozens of members came forward with personal stories of how she touched their life and how saddened they are at her loss. It is clear to us that Gloria was an exceptional individual who will be sorely missed as the heart of our community. We will never forget her."

Gloria wrote a poem titled, “Rebel,” in which she described her struggle to live with bi-polar disorder and autism; and yet, somehow, to persevere.

[Rebel]

--By Gloria de Jesus
© February 13, 2020

I am a citizen of
The Doldrums
& Strangeland

Having depression
& psychotic symptoms
put me there

It is exhausting,
fighting my negative thoughts
& worries

Along with
the occasional delusion
& hearing things

My medicine is
my sword
& shield

My coping skills
my helmet,
my plate mail

My family
my haven,
my castle

My friends,
the bandages
that bind me

The thought of
"I'm tired." (of life)
lurks within

But I show it
the blue expanse of
the sky

& the wonder of
emerging
caterpillars

to awe it
into embarrassed
silence

I am a rebel citizen
of The Doldrums
& Strangeland


Prof. Mark Valen, Professor of Horticulture, Landscape & Nursery Technology, Southwestern College, shared the following poem with our family. The poem was written in memory of Mr. Eddie Munguia, Horticulture Lab Technician, who passed away in 2018. Professor Valen reminds us, “I'm sure you will agree that Gloria's words are equally appropriate when applied to her own life, filled with love and care.”

[Eduardo Munguia]

--by Gloria de Jesus
©2018

Nature and family were your great loves,
but you had room in your heart for the students as well.
You were an understanding supervisor and a true friend,
willing to share your knowledge with all of us,
and if we were in the wrong you gave a gentle but firm reprimand.
Your faith shaped you as well,
and I am certain
that the prayers you so believed in
will hasten your way into heaven.

Whenever you see beautiful flowers, a garden walk that invites you down a lovely path, a stately tree that invites you to its shade, or a humble vegetable garden that offers its fruits and vegetables for you to enjoy, you will understand how Gloria loved all these quiet places, and sought the tranquility and peace found there.

As Gloria would say, “Magandang Buhay sa inyong lahat! A beautiful life to you all!”