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Date of Passing: Jul 29, 2020

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(nee FERO)

On July 29, 2020, Gloria left us to be with her Lord. After 98 years on earth, she was eager to meet her saviour and to once again see her family members who had gone before her.
She was predeceased by her parents, her 13 siblings, husband Gordon, son Billy and daughter Claudia. She is survived by son Mickey (Judy) and daughters, Pat (Doug), Debbi (Larry) and Pam (Barry); grandchildren, Rhonda (Neill), Lorinda (Brandon), Richelle (Marty), Colin, David, Renata, Ryan (Keahna) and Brennen; and great-grandchildren, Andrew, Nathan and Addison. She is also survived by her special niece, Gloria.
In 1921 Gloria was born in Port Arthur, Ontario to Fortunato and Emma Fero who had immigrated from Calabria, Italy. She met her future husband Gordon in 1942 while working as "Rosie, the Riveter" assembling airplanes for the war effort. Gordon was a young, handsome soldier from North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Gordon was soon welcomed into her large Italian family and loved the Sunday dinners and lively discussions. They were wed later that year. While serving oversees, Gordon Jr. (Mickey) was born. Shortly after Gordon's return from the war, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. During this time, their family expanded to include Patricia. As a result of Gordon's illness, Gloria had to take on the responsibility of raising both children. A few years later, Debbi and Claudia were born. As life continued to improve, Billy and Pamela arrived.
Gloria was a hardworking mom who made a loving home, while raising her brood, cooking delicious meals and instilling high morals in her children. Besides all of this, she worked alongside Gordon in the family lighting business for 30 years. She was a fun-loving person who laughed easily and loved bridge, cribbage and a good game of poker with Billy and his friends. At age 97 she was still playing Bridge almost daily. Unquestionably, her favourite place was Las Vegas. Her favourite game show was Wheel of Fortune.
Gloria had a strong Christian faith. The family were faithful parishioners at St. Alphonsus and Gloria was a member of the Catholic Women's League (CWL) and Women's Aglow Fellowship. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Thanks to Dr. Sobowale and the staff at Seven Oaks Hospital.
Due to the pandemic, there will be a private Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the William T. Murphy Scholarship Fund at the University of Winnipeg.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • A lovely tribute for a remarkable woman. I so loved seeing aunty Gloria when she came to Thunder Bay for a visit. Her laugh and personality always lit up a room. She lived a great life filled with love and family. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. - Posted by: Jim Mauro (Great nephew ) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • On behalf of the Dyer family I would like to extend my condolences to the Murphy family on Gloria’s passing. I remember so well the times Mom, Aurelia, and Gloria would get together and have such a good time. She will be missed. Sending lots of love and prayers. Terry - Posted by: Terry Dyer-Adams (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Sincere sympathy Mickey and Judy. Sounds like your Mom lived a long and very fulfilling life. Our thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Colleen O'Rourke and Laurie Tomlinson (Acquaintances) on: Aug 06, 2020

  • Curly will always have a place in my heart. She was always so kind, generous, and feisty. It was an honour to know her through my friendship with Pam. My love goes out to you Pam and to your whole family. May your amazing mother, mother in law, and grandmother rest peacefully in the arms of her creator whom she loved so dearly. ❤️Lots of love, Gina - Posted by: Gina Dallas (Borges) (Friend ) on: Aug 06, 2020

  • I was so blessed to marry into this family. Curly was a beautiful person, full of life, always kind and outgoing. Her smile and positive energy was infectious to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Thanks to St. Alphonsus for live streaming the service today, we were so thankful we could share the moment with family. I have faith and understanding she is smiling in heaven with Gordon, Billy and Claudia today, Praise be to God. Neill McKay Fairbanks Alaska - Posted by: Neill McKay (Married to her Granddaughter and father of her great grand sons) on: Aug 06, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the Murphy family. I always enjoyed seeing Gloria at our Awards dinner and Golf Tournament. I admired her, her friendliness, her sharp mind and giving nature. - Posted by: Yvette Peters (Friend) on: Aug 05, 2020

  • Gloria was a very vibrant personality! Our mom, Marge, and Gloria enjoyed many a gab session and our dad, Charlie, would also enjoy a chat with Gordon. They were great people that were there for us if ever we needed a helping hand. Thank you. On behalf of the Tinling family who lived across the street on Glenwood Crescent, I would like to extend our condolences. God Bless Gloria and all of you in this sad time. - Posted by: Karen Tinling Panchyshyn (Neighbour) on: Aug 05, 2020

  • I have fond memories of my mom and Gloria talking while Pat and I learned our dances. Years later I was pleasantly surprised to meet Gloria again when I moved into the apartment just 6 years ago. Gloria was the most upbeat positive person I could ever meet. I just admired her stamina and joy despite the fact that there were times when she did not feel well. I will miss her smile and her love of life. - Posted by: Carole Rankin (nee Munt) (Friend of Pat from MacConnells & neighbour to Gloria) on: Aug 04, 2020

  • We shared many happy times with Gloria when she lived at Dawson Trail Estates. Playing cards, dressing up at Halloween & other fun events. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her! Elayne & George - Posted by: George & Elayne DeWandel (friends) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • Sending our love & prayers for peace to encompass all of you at the 'going home' of your Mom & Grandma. We have many wonderful memories of times shared with Gloria & the family. She was truly a "grand lady" and an exemplary Matriarch of your 'clan' and will be greatly missed. Many heartfelt condolences, Love Dave & Myrna Kisil & family - Posted by: Myrna (Family friend) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • Pat and Doug and family, Sorry to hear of Gloria’s passing......I first met Gloria through Women’s Aglow only to find out later that she was your Mom, Pat. She was quite the inspiration to us younger women at the time. May the God of Comfort be with you all. Love and Blessings, Cyndee and Ron - Posted by: Cyndee and Ron St Hilaire (Friends) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • Sending our condolences to the Murphy family . May your memories of your Mother bring you comfort. Love, Dwight and Eileen - Posted by: Dwight and Eileen (Friends of Mickey and Judy) on: Aug 02, 2020

  • My condolences to your Murphy and née Fero clans Aunt Ducky | Gloria and all best love and prayers for all of you. The last of fourteen sisters and brothers – what a joyful and endless reunion you will have. Give an extra special hug and kiss to the youngest, my mother Leonora Edwards (née Fero). XOs nephew Grant Edwards (Victoria, 1 August 2020) - Posted by: Grant Edwards (Nephew) on: Aug 01, 2020

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