Gloria Zeal Davis: Her Life’s Mission Is IDA’s Beating Heart


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Volume 7, Issue 4
October 2018

By Emerson and Georgette Dickman

Have you ever been in the presence of someone who made you want to be good? Gloria was such a person. Her joy, her smile, her love of family, her enthusiasm, and her humility forged a charisma that made being with her a memorable experience. Her presence made all in her company feel hopeful, positive, and valued. Gloria Zeal Davis was aptly named. She was full of passion and fervor for family and friends. Gloria’s smile lit up her face and then flew over to yours as she enveloped you in a “darn-I’m-glad-to-see-you-again” hug. Spending time with Gloria always provided memories of strength of character, courage, and promise for the future. Gloria was not a big person, but she had an inner goodness that made a big difference in the lives of everyone she touched in a way that she made appear effortless.

On September 22, 2018, Gloria Zeal Davis passed away. A member of IDA since 1977 and a stalwart of the Oregon Branch, Gloria was on the International Board from 1988 to 1993 providing a calming voice and promoting partnerships at a time of challenging transitions. The Dickmans and IDA will miss Gloria. We are better for having known her.

In lieu of flowers, two charities are named; one is the Oregon Branch of IDA. An online guest book is available. For more, please click here.


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