Gloria Priscilla Williams Engle 1925-2017
Gloria was born on November 5th, 1925 in Cape Charles, Virginia to Nelson and Eva Coates Williams. Due to the handwritten nature of birth certificates of the era it was later discovered that her birthdate was actually November 6,1925 and as of 1980, both days were celebrated as her birthday.
In 1948, Gloria married the love of her life, Harry Bell Engle. They lived in the Stoneybrook development of the Denbigh area in Newport News, Virginia for their entire married life. Gloria was the manager of the Stoneybrook pool for many years and was an assistant swimming coach for her daughter’s team. She also served on the Stoneybrook Women’s club where she hosted many dinners for foreign dignitaries from the Fort Eustis Army base. She and Harry had two children, William Engle who died in infancy and Susan Engle who preceded her in death.
Gloria enjoyed playing cards with friends and was a Life Master at Bridge. She enjoyed cooking and crossword puzzles and was a dedicated Bingo player.
Gloria developed Alzheimers and lived the last ten years of her life at the Rossville Health and Rehab Facility in Rossville, Kansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harry, her son William and her daughter Susan. She is survived by four granddaughters, Tara Convery (Maple Hill, Kansas), Lara Convery (Grants Pass, Oregon), Megan Hewitt (Topeka, Kansas) and Katie (Steve) Johnson (Newport News, Virginia) as well as four great-grandchildren: Brendan, Zion, Kiah and Koda.
The family would like to thank each and every member of the staff of Rossville Health and Rehab that have become family to “Nana” over the years.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimers Association.