Gloria Elizabeth Cobbs, the youngest of three children, was born on August 30, 1931, to the late James and Bertha Cobbs, in Roanoke Va. She accepted Christ early in life and was a member of the Episcopal Church prior to joining Ridgley United Methodist Church which merged with Gethsemane United Methodist Church where she continued her membership and service.
Gloria received her elementary and secondary education in Virginia. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md. (formerly, Maryland State College) where she pledged and joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Additionally, she pursued graduate studies at Atlanta University, Catholic University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. Moreover, she attained Maryland State certification as a Library/Media Specialist.
Her professional career as a teacher and library/media specialist spanned 29 years in the public schools of Maryland. She began her teaching career in St. Mary’s County where she taught Social Studies for thirteen years. She served as a library/media specialist in Prince George’s County Public Schools for sixteen years until her retirement in 1983 due to medical reasons. However, her desire to work in the educational arena led her to substitute teach after retiring in several schools when her health permitted.
Gloria enjoyed helping others in small ways whenever and wherever she could. She participated in bowling and over the years joined several leagues and won trophies for her skill. Furthermore, she had a passion for the card game of bridge which continued throughout her life; she belonged to bridge clubs, attended tournaments, and played the game as often as she could. Her pastime included relaxing while watching her favorite televisions shows and more recently, engaging in arts and crafts. Moreover, she was a lifelong lover of books and reading.
She was preceded in death by her brother, James, and sister, Edna. Her memory will live in the hearts of the loved ones who shared in her life; Irvin Martin, nephew; Shantell Martin Edmonds and Rochell Martin Jones, great nieces; Jeannette Robinson, niece; William Selden, cousin; close friends, Lucy Allen and Dorothy Stubbs; as well as a host of other cherished family members and friends.