April 1, 1947 – December 29, 2020
BEAUCHAMP, Gloria Jean (nee Malley) April 1, 1947-December 29, 2020
Montville - Gloria Jean Beauchamp, 73, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020 at her home in Granbury, Texas.
Born April 1, 1947, in New London, Connecticut, daughter of Thomas and Marion Malley, Gloria grew up in a large but close-knit family with her siblings, Pat, Cathy, Jo-Ann, Tommy and Joe.
Gloria graduated from Montville High School in 1965. She attended Mohegan Community College and Thames Valley Technical College, graduating with a degree in Special Education. She then obtained a master’s degree in Special Education from Eastern Connecticut State College. She worked for the State of Connecticut for many years with adults with developmental disabilities.
In 1966, she married Jerome Beauchamp in Uncasville, Connecticut, a marriage lasting 50 years until Jerry’s death in 2016. Gloria met Jerry while he was serving in the U.S. Navy, a veteran of the Vietnam War. Their son, Robert “Bobby” William Beauchamp, was born in 1967, but died tragically in 1994. Bobby, also a veteran, served with the U.S. Army in the Gulf War. Gloria was proud that both Jerry and Bobby were military veterans, as she was a patriot.
Gloria cherished her family and friends. Her home was adorned with pictures and letters about their children. She truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, with her happiest moments spent chatting with those she loved. An avid artist, she enjoyed painting, sharing such passion with her sister, Pat. Accomplished in weaving, knitting, and crocheting, she treasured the time spent with her sister, Cathy, discussing their craft. She also spoke often of the joy she had for many years with her husband, Jerry, her sister, Jo-Ann, and her brother-in-law, Jim, sailing their boat on Long Island Sound. Active with the Daughters of the American Revolution (“DAR”), Gloria was the curator of an historical home in Norwich, Connecticut. When Jerry retired, they moved to Dandridge, Tennessee, where Gloria was active in the Tennessee Society of Daughters of the Revolution (“TSDAR”), becoming Regent for the Samuel Doak Chapter (2012-2014). Her proudest DAR accomplishment was as project coordinator for the TSDAR Daniel Boone Trail Markers campaign, 2012-2015. “We have reconnected the broken trail,” she said during the TSDAR 100th anniversary rededication of the first Daniel Boone Trail marker in Trade, Tennessee.
Gloria is survived by Patricia and Raymond Roselle, Catherine and Michael Velgouse, Jr., Jo-Ann and James Thompson, Joseph and Mary Malley, Thomas Malley, and Yvonne Prascus, as well as many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends, including Michelle Mays and her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son. A Mass of Christian Burial will be a private family ceremony at St Joseph’s Cemetery, 815 Boswell Ave, Norwich, CT 06360. The funeral will be handled by the Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St. Norwich, CT, with details unknown at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Daughters of the American Revolution.