Gloria Jean Headley
June 11, 1925 – February 7, 2020
Gloria Jean Headley was born on June 11, 1925 and passed away on February 7, 2020.
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Gloria Jean Headley
February 21, 2020
Gloria Jean Chapin was born on June 11, 1925 to Stuart and Maude Chapin in Battle Creek, Michigan. Gloria’s father Stuart was a veterinarian but times were tough during the depression so he took a job as a dairy delivery man. He became ill and died of stomach cancer shortly thereafter. The events shaped Gloria’s early years as she was only 14 at the time and her brother Stuart even younger. As her mother Maude struggled to make ends meet, Gloria who was an excellent student dropped out of school. She subsequently obtained a job as a telephone switchboard operator and was very proud that she was the first left-handed person to do so. For ever after she pronounced her nines as she had been taught NI-EN. She met her future husband Paul Headley at an Army dance at the nearby Fort Custer. Paul was recuperating at the Army hospital there from wounds received while fighting in WWII. They married a short time later – 6 weeks on April 30 1946. Her children, Paul and Linda were born while they were living in Battle Creek. In 1957 the family moved to Belding Michigan. Gloria was a stay at home mom and enjoyed taking care of the family. In 1963 the family moved to Glendale Arizona. Gloria took a job as a high school administrative secretary. She also obtained her G.E.D. as she was determined to graduate high school before her eldest child Paul. Two years were spent in Tucson but then they returned to the Phoenix area where they both resided until their deaths. Gloria continued working as a school secretary whenever the family made these moves. Throughout the years Paul and Gloria enjoyed playing bridge with friends and in local clubs. When Paul retired, they spend many vacations directing bridge games as part of the crew on cruise ships. Gloria’s husband Paul passed away in 2003 and Gloria moved to Sun City and lived there until recently. She remained active in bridge and taught bridge classes at the local community college.