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Gloria West Deyo

September 20, 1930November 16, 2020
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Gloria West Deyo, beloved mother of Tanya V. Deyo, passed peacefully and entered into eternal life on Monday, November 16, 2020 at the age of 90. Born in Washington, D.C. to Hollis Spriggs West Deadwyler and James Rudolph West, Gloria was a dedicated educator who committed more than three decades to helping children and youth as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, and principal. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University in 1953, and a Master of Education from Bowie State University in 1973.

Having been a longtime educator in Prince George's County Public School System for 35 years, Gloria touched many students' lives. She taught at Fairmont Heights High School from 1956 to 1970, and was later a guidance counselor at Thomas Pullen Jr. High School from 1970 to 1972. Following her work at Thomas G. Pullen Jr. High School, Gloria became a vice principal at Surrattsville Junior High School, and then at Laurel High School. Her passion for school administration led her to become principal at Charles Carroll Middle School, and then at Kettering Middle School. Before she retired in 1991, she was a child care specialist for the Prince George's County Public School System.

Gloria's dedication to helping others extended to her active work in the community. During her life, she was engaged in several community service and other organizations. In 1972, she became a charter member of the Silver Spring Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and was an active member of that Chapter until 2006 when she took alumnae status. In addition, she was an active member of that Potomac Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women, the Fairmont Heights Alumnae Association, and the Hampton University Alumnae Association. As a child, Gloria attended 19th Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Gloria was committed to serving God, and as an adult she did so at Michigan Park Christian Church, Washington, D.C., as well as The People's Community Baptist Church of Silver Spring, MD.

Gloria absolutely loved life! She especially loved visits to the casino and playing her numbers. Scratch-offs were her favorite. Being lucky in life, Gloria was a frequent winner who always enjoyed playing a good game. A wonderful conversationalist, Gloria loved to communicate with everyone, and particularly enjoyed discussions over lunch and dinner with friends and family.

The bright, beautiful smile and friendly conversations of Gloria W. Deyo will be missed by all who knew and loved her dearly. In addition to her daughter, Tanya, she is beloved by her son-in-law, Samuel Gray, and grandson, Cameron Deyo Gray, all of Wayne, PA. Gloria is also the beloved sister of James Milton West, Sr.; William Rudolph West, who preceded her in death; and Linda Authurene Deadwyler. She is survived by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gloria's memory can be made to Hampton University, 100 E. Queen Street, Hampton, VA 23669 or The People's Community Baptist Church, 31 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905.

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JAMES ROBINSON

December 1, 2020

Condolences to the Deyo and Gray family at this time from the Robinsons of Fairfax. Mrs. Deyo was loved and respected. She will be remembered at our next Mass !

Jacqueline McGlen

December 1, 2020

On behalf of her brother James M. West, Sr and the West family, we would like to say that Gloria was the glue that held the West and Deadwyler families together. Her kind and generous heart, beautiful spirit and inviting smile always let you know that she was there for you. Whenever there was a need Gloria would step up and do what she could to bring comfort and strength to that situation. She was a lovely and elegant lady, loved by those she touched. An educator she was, she loved teaching children and training teachers on all levels and desire for all to succeed. She will be missed by us all. She is in God's hand now and receiving the love and comfort that she extended to us. Rest in Heaven sister and aunt.

Loretta Argrett

November 25, 2020

My prayers and thoughts are with you at this earthly loss of your dear family member. And, I want to share with you what consoled me when my mother passed last year. I kept reminding myself, despite the emptiness and pain I was feeling, that she had gone on to a much happier place—at home with the Lord — and that she would always be with me in my heart .
From Loretta Argrett, a fellow Gad family member.

Damita Goldsmith

November 22, 2020

Ms Gloria Deyo was my Home Economics teacher. I attended Fairmount Heights High School And graduated in 1969. I went to Morgan State University in Baltimore. I actually went to become an Home Economics teacher. MS DEYO ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND WAS ONE OF THE KINDEST TEACHERS IN OUR SCHOOL. I admired her because she had class and was always a LADY. She was always a professional in her field and way of life. Soft spoken, classy and well respected by all. I can truly say, she is one of the folks who influenced my life. I know heaven has a beautiful spot for you to fill. Thank you for helping so many students with your time and guidance . Damita Wells Goldsmith

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