Gloria Golson Kupferberg

March 21, 1945May 11, 2019

Gloria Golson Kupferberg, age 74, passed away peacefully in her home Saturday, May 11, 2019 in the afternoon. She was surrounded by family as one of her favorite artists, Willie Nelson, played in the background. Gloria was born on the first day of Spring, March 21, 1945 in Sidney, Australia to Mallory and Kathleen (Mulhall) Golson and moved to Prattville, AL in 1961. She graduated from Autauga County High School in 1963 and from Troy State University School of Nursing in 1980. In her years serving as a nurse, Gloria displayed an innate ability to show empathy and compassion for others. She lived a life filled with love and humor, travel and adventure, and family and friends. Gloria’s vibrance and laughter will be missed by the many who’s lives she has touched, but her infectious smile and joy will live on in our memory. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Ira Kupferberg, her children: Lisa (Tommy) McDonald, Shon (Wanda) Seamon, Denise (John) Greer, Leslie (Morris) Capp, Eric (Ann) Roberts, Adam Kupferberg, Olivia Kupferberg, and Ashton Kupferberg, her siblings, Grady (Patsy) Golson, Shirley (Jim) Tucker, and Walter Keith Golson. She was affectionately known as “Gung Gung” by her grandchildren, Michael (Jackie) McDonald, Nathan (Tzlil) McDonald, Gloria Storm McWhorter, Mitchell (Kayla) Greer, Shon Dalton Seamon, Rhyan (Bryce) Howe, Samantha Seamon, Rhylee Greer, Moriah Roberts, Mateja Roberts, Eric Roberts, and Shalom Moon and her great-grandchildren Stella McDonald, Troy McDonald, Juda McDonald, John Christian Howe, and Joanna Tate Greer. Gloria will also be missed by numerous friends, cousins, nieces, nephews, and “yard youngins.” A graveside burial service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery (route 2) on May 13, 2019 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the American Lung Association or Agudath Israel Etz Ahyem Synagogue. Online condolences may be made at


  • Graveside Service Monday, May 13, 2019


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Cindy Hunter

May 15, 2019

I only knew Ms Kupferberg for a short while, and she touched my life with her compassion for others. I will always remember her radiant smile and kindness. My condolences to her family. She will be missed.

Lynda Edwards

May 15, 2019

Oh Dr. K, I had no idea that Gloria was ill. Reading Monday's paper before boarding a flt to Seattle and seeing the obituary is shocking. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and your precious family. My God give you. Comfort and Peace in the days ahead.

Edie Williams

May 13, 2019

I sat next to Gloria at a classmates dinner not too long ago. We had a good time chatting, especially about her mother who I worked with for many years. I’m so glad I had that time with her. She was a sweet lady.

Laura & Bob Thornton

May 13, 2019

We attended the funeral today on the request of our son Rob, who was unable to leave his hospital duties in Birmingham, but who was a close associate of Dr K for several years in Montgomery and had highest praise for Gloria. We could tell from the words spoken today that she was an exceptional woman and they had an exceptional marriage. Deepest sympathy and condolences from our family.

Missy Pelas

May 13, 2019

Larry & I send our condolences to all of you. May God be with all of you and give you strength & comfort in upcoming days. We love all of you.

Larry & Missy Pelas
Buras, La

Heidemarie Rogers

May 13, 2019

Ira: I am so sorry about your loss of your loving wife. Having been a co-worker of Gloria while we both worked in the Prattville Hospital, she was a good friend and a dedicated professional nurse and care giver. Gloria will be missed by a lot of people. God Bless her soul. Heidi Rogers

Christina Richburg

May 12, 2019

Doc. I am truly sorry for your loss. Offering my condolences to you and your family at this time. May you find peace in the many memories and the recall of her beautiful smile. Christina Richburg

Diane Hurd

May 12, 2019

Gloria was a beautiful sister-in-law, inside and out. Although we lived in different states, we’d check in periodically with each other by phone and share our stories. When we were together as a family, Gloria always had something kind and positive to say about everyone. During visits, she genuinely was interested in my children’s lives as she spent quality time talking with each of them. Afterwards, she would say, “Diane, you raised two great kids!” That was always uplifting to hear as we both had something in common, having raised our children as single parents. I am most grateful to Gloria for coming into my brother’s life. She made him so happy and they were so lucky and fortunate to share many of the same interests, travel the world together and have a strong love for family and friends. And, let’s not forget the menagerie of animals that they had when they came together and the many other pets that they adopted and loved over their 24 year marriage. Gloria, we will miss you - may you rest peacefully and with dignity.

Kristin Springer

May 12, 2019

I met Ira and Gloria about 2 years ago playing Pokemon Go. I never gave much thought to my avitar's wardrobe and then Gloria told me that she "just loves" my hot pink hot pants. Lol. I had no idea what she was talking about. When I figured it out I felt a little stupidish and then decided I love those Hot Pink Hot Pants too... so I haven't taken them off since... ( i havent changed my avitars clothes in like a year and a half) that was the simplest thing that turned my pants LEGACY.

Caitlin Foley

May 12, 2019

She was such an amazing woman full of SO MANY amazing stories and adventures. I always told her she lived the life I dreamed of living one day. She was fabulous in every way you could think of. She lived a great life that was full of so much love and so many friendships. I will never forget her ❤️❤️