Gloria Waddell was born July 26, 1935 in Bessemer, Alabama. She was the youngest sibling “The Baby” of William and Beatrice Hunter, both of whom preceded her in death. She departed this life on October 29, 2020. Gloria accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and received her education in the Bessemer School District. After graduation, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio and then made her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gloria was united in Holy Matrimony to Ross Hopkins, Sr. and to this union three children were united. She was employed as a social worker with the Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh until her retirement. Gloria was a dedicated member of Shiloh Community Missionary Baptist Church were she served for over 50 years. She was also a compassionate member of the senior and mass choirs in which she was known by her fellow choir members as being very humble and easy to love. Cherishing her memories are her children, Reginald (Covington, Georgia), Ross Jr. (Melba), Kileen, Texas and Pamela Hopkins of Pittsburgh, PA; eight grandchildren, thirteen greatgrandchildren; brother, Melvin (Lois) Hunter of Millbrook, Alabama; sister Vivian Allen of Cleveland, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
My Miracle. Alabama, cornbread fed, but Pittsburgh helped make her. The person that everyone loved and nobody would dare love to hate. The kindest sould that I’ve ever been blessed enough to meet. She was my Santa every Christmas and my sunshine every summer. Her smile could light a room and her pure spirit was food for my soul. My Grandma – My Heart. She taught me empathy before I knew what the word meant. Making me understand that there is strength in understanding others. A moral compass to help guid me when I got turned around. A person who loved so many and was loved back equally by all. I’ve been told I was her pride and she most certainly was mine. My Grandma was my everything.
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