December 14, 1950 – September 11, 2020
Gloria Beamon was born on December 14, 1950 in New York to Nettie Brown Artis and Ernest Jeffrey. She was raised in Harlem. She graduated early from Theodore Roosevelt High School and was a member of the national honor society. She received a certificate in Business management from New York University.
Gloria was still a teenager when she met her future husband and partner of 54 years, Professor Randolph Beamon, in the Bronx. Together, they had three beautiful children. She passed away peacefully at White Plains Hospital on the morning of September 11th.
She was affectionately known to many as “Glo, “Buhyo,” GG ma, “Gloria Beamon speaking” and many other nicknames. She collected friends wherever she went because of her razor sharp wit, honesty, boisterous laugh, positive demeanor, adventurous spirit, strong faith and insightful advice. By far, her greatest joy was connecting with her family. She was know to have many barbecues and holiday dinners at her home in Scarsdale.
Gloria was a woman of many talents. She was an avid reader, writer, tap dancer, singer and crossword puzzle/sudoku enthusiast. She also served a sous chef when her husband began his exotic cheesecake business.
In her professional life, Gloria worked as a branch operations specialist/office manager and financial advisor for several IT/Computer staffing firms including AGS, Keane, Inc., Ajilon and Modiis. When she retired she spent many hours volunteering through the Walt Disney company’s Voluntears program. She participated in Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, the Thanksgiving Giveaway at the Salvation Army, Drums Over Harlem, and much more. In fact, her efforts were recognized when she and her family were selected as the Voluntears of the year. Gloria was also a fighter. She survived a battle with cancer in 1996. During which she lost a kidney. However, this didn’t slow her down. She continued to care for her husband when he was ill and her daughter who has a chronic illness. In 2018, Gloria was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She underwent surgery and completed nearly a year of chemotherapy and radiation. She celebrated the end of these treatments by going indoor skydiving. Unfortunately, systematic Scleroderma contributed to her passing. Gloria was preceded in death by her sister Lillian, her sister Rubelle, her brother James, her mother Nettie and her father Ernest Jeffrey. She is survived by her husband Randolph Beamon, her daughter, MTamanika (Nika) Beamon, son Randolph Beamon II, and her son Taharka Beamon and his wife Christine Coyne Beamon. She also leaves behind a grandson, Jeffrey Quinzon-Beamon, great-grandson Jaxon, sister-in-law Carolyn Beamon, sister-in-law Lillie Artis and brother-in-law Johnnie Beamon, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
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September 19, 2020
Saying goodbye to Mommy Beamon (Ms Gloria) ain't easy. My darling sister by choice Nika C. Beamon has eulogized her with the honor she deserves.
Nika was my first college friend and it was coincidental that she was also my immediate neighbor. I vividly remember her coming into my room to introduce herself while we unpacked for an advanced early admission program at Boston College called Emerging Leader Program.😊 Her parents were right there, helping here unpack and decorate. They were ALWAYS there. Every parent event, football games, random weekend "pop ins" and every visit was welcomed and cherished. Took us to "town" to go shopping at Woolworth's😳 (dating ourselves!!😏 MEMORY: Water Gun Fight😂) They adopted all of us and showed us love every time they visited. While Daddy Beamon was the consummate comedian, Mommy Beamon was tough on the outside (just like her daughter😏) but we all came to see how genuinely caring she was. ❤
Over 31 years I've known this family, through Nika, laughing, arguing and crying all along the way. Her mother's transition is a hard one for me personally to reconcile because its realizing our parents are just possibly "at that point". (Nonetheless #cancersux)
I know its challenging for me, but can only imagine for her children, Nika, Randy and Taharka. Constantly keeping you all in prayer....... May her transition be easy and may she rest peacefully in the arms of our Savior.
Love....... always love.
September 18, 2020
Sending you a farewell from the other side. We met when we were both about 13 years old; the years seem to have passed very quickly. I will always remember you as a soft-spoken person with a great deal of inner strength that seemed to radiant on the outside. It was my pleasure knowing you as a teen and our limited interaction as adults was always heartfelt.
I didn't know you were sick, but knowing you, I am sure that you put up a noble fight. So, rest in peace, Gloria and blessings to the family you leave behind. Surely you and all your contributions will always remain in their hearts. Rest Now!
September 13, 2020
There are some people I always look for when I'm Disney VoluntEARing, and the Beamon Family are definitely part of that group. I search the room looking for Mr. Beamon's hat and for Mrs. Beamon's smile. I remember her chiding me and telling me not to call her Mrs. Beamon, but I don't think I ever stopped... I always wanted to show her respect because she was such an amazing woman. Lighting up the room with her smile, handling every situation with ease... While she may not be with us physically at future events, her spirit will always be there. I'm so blessed to have had the chance to volunteer and serve the community with her.
Sending all the love and strength in my heart to your family.
~Sheena Das <3