Gloria Jean Hay
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 14, 1942
  • Date of passing: Dec 30, 2014
Let the memory of Gloria be with us forever

This memorial was created in memory of our beloved mother, Gloria Jean Hay, 72, born on March 14, 1942 and passed away on December 30, 2014. We will cherish her memory forever. 

Our mother was a loyal and devoted relative and friend to an infinite number of family and friends.  You could always count on Mom to provide you with her immeasurable wisdom and advice and on numerous occasions, the shirt off of her back. The term "lived life to the fullest" is especially apropos when you describe Mom.  There wasn't an ache, pain, or illness that would deter our highly revered mother from doing whatever she wanted to do.  If there was a significant and or important life event for a loved one, Mom moved mountains to be there. Mom did not ask "how can I help?"; She did help.  Despite her many illnesses, she prepared meals, accompanied a friend on an errand, visited the sick and disabled, and again gave you the shirt off of her back.....Mom was always the one person you could count on. 

Mom spent the last days of her life adored, pampered, overindulged, regaled and most importantly, amused by her younger grandchildren. Nana could always count on Kennedy's benevolence, Cavanaugh's witty banter, and Bella's daily dutiful ministrations. Her grandchildren catered to her every whim. Nana was spoiled rotten. Christmas and New Year's was her favorite time of the year. If you knew Mom, you would have known that she had a fan base not only in Los Angeles, but in Atlanta, Georgia and was singularly cherished.  In the hospital, there was not a moment that she was left alone. At one time, she had so many visitors that we had to resort to rotating visitors. Our mother was loved and will be missed by many.

Many of you are probably wondering how this song was chosen.  This song is beffitting of the woman who always did things "HER WAY".

We love you, Mom!   

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015  from 4-8 pm at:
Inglewood Park Cemetery Mortuary
3801 W.Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood,California  90305
(310) 412-6811

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:00 am at:
Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church
11328 So. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California  90059

Inglewood Park Cemetery
3801 W. Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, California 

Repast: Immediately following burial est. 3-8p.m.
Family & Friends
Chester L. Washington Golf Course Clubhouse
1930 West 120th Street
Los Angeles, California 90047

Our beloved mother will be adorned in her favorite color red. We encourage family and friends to wear red and /or purple to her memorial service as we honor her life.  Red ribbons will be shared  to memorialize her vibrant life and in recognition of the heart.

  Any phone calls or expressions of sympathy can be forwarded to our parent's home at 1237 West 65th Place Los Angeles, California 90044  or (323) 753-2979.    






Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by KATY HAY on 14th March 2017

"Happy Birthday Mom,
Today you would have been 75 years young. I think about what you would have wanted beside you favorite see's candle which I would have given you anyway because I love the way you smile when I bought it for you and how you smile when you read the card. Mom, I love you and miss you this birthday and each and every day that comes after. There isn't a day that I don't think about you. So today being your birthday I want to say I know you're in heaven dancing to your down-home blues in your red dress with the love your life on your special day your birthday. Love you always and forever, Katy"

This tribute was added by Betty Harris on 14th March 2017

"My Dearest Friend Gloria Jean:  Again today I celebrate you and Edie on your March 14th birthday. I am here with her in Chicago and would be so happy to have you here with me. Know that you are still loved and missed so very much. You will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by KATY HAY on 30th December 2016


It's been 2 years seen your passing and my heart still hurts from the loss of you. I think back to the call from Jackie, from Atlanta telling me you were gone it just seem so unreal to me that you are no longer with us. I wanted it to be a bad dream and to wake up hoping and praying that I didn't receive that call.  On this Anniversary Day of losing you, I wanted to tell you I miss you and love you very much. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about you. Mom, you will always be in my heart and my thoughts each and everyday"

Love always and Forever,

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Hay-Primus on 30th December 2016


It has been 2 years since your passing and the shock and disbelief is palpable. Yesterday, I mustered up the courage to look at the last Christmas video. I was so angry, because you would not allow me to videotape you, because you said that you looked a mess.Throughout the video, you told jokes and asked questions about the gifts. You were all in the mix or the KoolAid packet as you used to say.

Jeannine is here with me this year, not to take your place, but perhaps to partially fill the void and soothe my aching heart. You would laugh because,Carol Baker Robinson, suggested that I attempt to cook chitterlings. I laughed hard at that one.  ALL OF THAT WORK! I don't even eat 'em!  Bless her heart.

I've done everything you've asked, so that you may rest in peace. BE STILL, Old Lady!

I love you always and forever,


This tribute was added by Betty Harris on 14th March 2016

"Dear Gloria:
Gone but definitely not forgotten. I miss you so very much. So often I pick up the phone to have our usual talks only to remember you are no longer available to engage in the current subject matter that need our input. I thank GOD for the friendship that lasted over the years. I will always celebrate you every year on March 14th as I celebrate Edie."

This tribute was added by shandra Anderson murray on 30th December 2015

"Words cannot begin to express how much I miss you.  The phone calls on Sundays when I was at my moms, our chats about food, family, relationships and life. You were always a blessing and now as one of my guardian angels I still find a blessing in just having the honor of having you in my life for almost 50 years rest in heaven my angel I love and miss you much!!!!"

This tribute was added by Faith Butts on 30th December 2015

"I will never forget this day. You wouldn't want me to be sad. Hard not to. You were in my life for so long. Missing you so much, especially during this time of year. Thanks for all of the advice, memories and love you gave me and my family. Forever...Faith"

This tribute was added by Jackolyn King on 15th March 2015

"My dearest friend, I 'm sitting here alone listening to your song, "I Did It My Way" and all the memories and the tears flow, I will miss you, fondly think of you and love you as a dear dear sister.

Happy Birthday Gloria"

This tribute was added by Belinda Parent on 14th March 2015

"We love you Gloria Jean. We cherish
your memories on your birthday."

This tribute was added by Shawna Wiggins on 14th March 2015

"Happy Birthday Mrs. Hay!

You are missed every single day! However, I know you are celebrating eternal life and being with the loves of your life, God and Mr. Hay on your special day!"

This tribute was added by Karen Oaks on 14th March 2015

"Happy Birthday, Mom Gloria."

This tribute was added by KATY HAY on 14th March 2015

Happy Birthday! You always loved your birthday because you knew I would always have your favorite sweet treat on your Birthday. You would smile with such a big grin when I kissed you and handed you the  card and box of See's Candy.. You would say girl, you know what I like.. It's so hard to wrap my head around that you are gone.. I find myself in the evenings watching tv and a certain tv show could be coming on and  I reach for the phone to call and tell you about it but, I catch myself and start to cry because you won't be on the other end of that call.. There are no words to express how loss I feel without you.. On this day being your birthday it hurts a thousand times worst.. You're in heaven now with Dad and I know the two of you are dancing together celebrating your birthday today.. I know Dad is taking good care of you now.

There will never be a moment that goes by that I will not think about you Mom and miss you.. I love you very much that my heart hurts so much that you are gone..  You were a wonderful Mother, one of the best and I'm glad you were mine..  

Katy Annette"

This tribute was added by Dianne Hall on 14th March 2015

"Happy Birthday Lady Gloria, RIP"

This tribute was added by Ronnie oaks on 14th March 2015

"Happy Birthday Teacher Gloria!! You will Always and forever be in my mind and heart. Love you."

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Hay-Primus on 14th March 2015

Happy Birthday!  You loved your birthday and always celebrated in grand style. Today, is a somber day for me. There is not one day that goes by that I don't think of you or speak your name.  I miss you so much that my heart aches. People say that it gets better with time and it really doesn't.  There have been so many occasions when I will pick up the phone to call you, only realizing that I can't. I sigh, sometimes I cry, but most of the time I feel the ache of despair and disappointment.  The other night I dreamt of you and we were laying side by side. You woke up and I said, "Mom, I had a dream that you died and were in a casket."  You replied,"Really? What was I wearing? Did I look good?"  We laughed and you said, "Girl, get your big self out of my see that I just had a heart attack! I feel better, but there is no room for you in this bed. Get up!"

When I got up, I woke up and cried.  Again, I was so disappointed . It was just a dream. Mom, I take comfort in the fact that you are in a place far greater than what we can imagine. Before your passing, you mentioned several times how much you missed Daddy. Even though your passing rocked my core off center, I know Daddy was there to greet you with that beautiful smile of his and you went willingly.

Today, I celebrate your vibrant life. I will always love you and celebrate you. It was my honor to be your daughter.

Jacqueline Renee"

This tribute was added by Ronna Muhammad on 8th January 2015

"Ms. Gloria Hay will truly be missed.  She was so much fun to be around.  Whenever I was blessed to be in her presence, I loved to sit right next to her.  She would make me laugh, give me advice and threaten to put me out of my house if I was not taking good care of her boyfriend (my husband)!  I'm grateful for the moments we shared.  Rest in Peace!"

This tribute was added by Vanessa Black on 8th January 2015

"Our thoughts of Ms. Gloria and prayers for you the family continue. We pray God's Peace and the love of your mother continue to comfort you now and in the days to come. Knowing and being around Ms. Gloria was always a pleasure and joyful delight; her humor, laughter and good cooking made you always feel like family!  May the comfort Ms. Gloria shared with others in need of compassion be multiplied to you Jackie, Katie, and Jason (2 Cor. 1:3-4) Love and Prayers, Bishop Donald and Vanessa Black-Fredericksburg, Virginia"

This tribute was added by Belinda Parent on 8th January 2015

"I've known Katy for 39 years and in this time my family had the pleasure of knowing, loving and adoring Gloria Jean. Gloria Jean was taken care of very well. She had the best of everything and it was well deserved. She did not know a stranger. Gloria Jean was loved by all and she loved everyone. It was amazing to see the respect that she received from everyone she encountered. I think the way she lived her life was so beautiful it gave off an endearing glow of love and tranquility.  This is my remembrance of my beloved Mrs. Gloria Jean Hay and this I will forever hold in my heart.
My family sends their deepest condolence to The Hays'"

This tribute was added by Glenda Durden on 8th January 2015

"My prayers goes out to Katy Hay and the Hay family, May God Bless and Keep you. He knows what is best! Losing a parent is very hard and you keep asking why, Only God knows why! Trust in the Lord, just Trust in the Lord!!"

This tribute was added by Catherine Puryear on 8th January 2015

"My dearest friend has gone on, she will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. We had a very close bond & relationship and we were long time neighbors who lived directly across the street from each other for many years. We shared many things and had so much in common. I will cherish all the fond memories. She was a loving and loveable person. Actually she was like a sister. My last time seeing & being with her was January1st  2014 in Atlanta. but we often chatted over the phone. My love and prayers are with you, Ada, Katie, Jackie, & Jason. I'm so sorry I can't be there  with you guys, but I will be there in spirit. May the peace & comfort of God be with you. we loved her, but God loved her best"

This tribute was added by daron campbell on 7th January 2015

"Mrs. Gloria Hay was easily one of the most loving, caring, wisdom-filled, mother figures you could ever know.  She spoke it directly, she asked you without reservation, she reprimanded you without hesitation and taught you in earnest as though you were her responsibility.  What you saw was always what you got...nothing less.  Oh, and has anyone met a better cook...ever?  I used to look forward to her thanksgiving dinners even after thanksgiving was done!  Even her leftovers were the best.  She took care of so many and played nurse and caretaker to so many in such a selfless manner.  There is truly nothing bad anyone can say about her.  I promised to take her to a Laker game and never did...too caught up in my own narcissism and nonsense.  I regret that and will forever.  I will make it up to her somehow...perhaps through her beautiful grandchildren.  My heart hurts that we've lost another great original.  Rest in Peace, Mom."

This tribute was added by Lita Mita on 7th January 2015

"i Had a special person Gloria Jean Haye was her name, my second mother,teacher,and friend, I had to say good bye, If I were asked one question why I thought the world of you I could give a million answers and they all would be true, she loved all that she touched, her heart was gold, she embraced all her children, knowing we would make her proud,we will miss you but not forgotten, peace be still your eye is on the sparrow, love you, i know you are in a better place, our prays are with you and your family, we are here for the family. with our deepest sympathy. the Rand'les-Agurs Family, Robyn, Nathan Ricco Lolita"

This tribute was added by Karen Oaks on 7th January 2015

"I was 20 years old and had recently experienced the loss of my mother, having  the great fortune to meet Gloria (our Teacher Gloria) shortly thereafter. Gloria was 34 years old when she & Jay embraced our young family.  Over the years she taught me how to be an attentive wife & mother as well as many, many cooking tips...she taught me how to make "dump cake " before it became fashionable,  Gloria let me know it was ok for children to talk back, as long as they were not disrespectful, how else would you know what they were thinking? "Still water runs deep", she said.  Believe me, I took notice, Gloria & Jay raised beautiful children.  David & I are truly blessed with the close relationship we have with our children, this is reflective of her rich legacy. "Teacher" Gloria's beautiful spirit lives----in us all."

This tribute was added by evelyn randles on 7th January 2015

"My friend, Gloria Jean Hay, high heel shoes, skirt swishing ,hair shining,  smiling , passing out love  everywhere especially  to the children and parents’ at  Charles Drew Medical Center:Tillman Education Center for Young Children.  Gloria was an educator, a member of the team, an excellent friend and advisor. Dished out great advice.
The Randles Family:  Robin, Kimberly, Charles, Christy, Reginald and Evelyn A Randles"

This tribute was added by Kerrie Pratt on 6th January 2015

""Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4. Gloria Hay you are a beautiful soul. Your secret talks and advice to me about work, love, children and play have a special place in my heart.  Your display of grace, beauty and truth lives on, not only in your children and grands but also in those you touched. It for this and so much more I am so profoundly grateful that I was on this journey with you even if just for a few moments. Jackie thanks for sharing your mom with your friends we all got so much love and advice from her."

This tribute was added by cheryl d on 6th January 2015

"It's difficult watching a love one deal with a sickness that eventually takes their life. Doctors try their best however as the bible declares, " the things impossible with men are possible with God" Luke 18:27. The bible also helps us see ( psalms 103:3) God can undo the cause of sickness. He will heal ALL our maladies. Revelations 21:3,4- shows there will be no more sickness and death. My deepest sympathy for the family and friends of Ms Gloria."

This tribute was added by K Avery on 6th January 2015

"What a beautiful tribute Jackie :0) With Love in my heart,  Prayers on my lips and ongoing thoughts of you and your family on my mind... I hate that I can't be there with you but if and when you need me,  I'll always be a phone call or text away.  I'm Blessed and Honored to have your friendship, My Sincere Condolences & I love you dearly.  K"

This tribute was added by trina mackie on 5th January 2015

"Jackie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not have the honor of meeting Ms. Gloria but just as you are, I know she was a beautiful spirit. That beautiful spirit will live eternally through you and through all the lives she touched.  God bless."

This tribute was added by virtie allen on 5th January 2015

"My Dear Gloria Jean
It is very difficult to say goodbye to a most cherished, loved and loyal
friend.  Our childhood friendship created a bond that was continuous
for more than 65 years.
I will truly miss you and our daily conversations.
Rest In Peace My Dear Friend"

This tribute was added by Dianne Hall on 4th January 2015

"Dear Lady Gloria Hay you will truly be missed but I know the Heavenly Father loved you best.  Rest In Peace my dear Red Hat Sister (Sophisticated Ladies Red Hat Chapter).  Lady Dianne Hall, Vice Queen"

This tribute was added by Dee Dee Nkosi on 4th January 2015

"I'm going to miss my Gloria Hay, our side bar conversations about recent developments in our lives, funny quotes she shared from her grands, her around the way style of asking about von to make sure he was treating her girl fairly and most of all our complicated relationsship around my choice of hairdo's.  Mrs. Hay you will be missed. As one of Jackie's oldest friends, I will work to comfort her in your absence. Soar with the Angels and thoughts of you will sustain us."

This tribute was added by Ronnie Adams on 4th January 2015

"Gloria was a true living example of what every young woman should strive to become. She was an inspiration to all who she touched, and a second mother to many of us who were blessed to have her in our lives as children. Gloria was family, she and Jay were the "village" where everyone gathered for love, support, and happiness. God has recalled his Saint, leaving us to continue by following her example. May God rest her soul,  giving us strength, peace, and comfort as we celebrate her life."

This tribute was added by Leander Miller on 4th January 2015

"To Jackie and family, May the peace of God be with you as you celebrate the life of your beloved Mrs. Gloria.  I have only a few memories of Mrs. Gloria during our college days, but I remember a woman full of life, full of zest, and who could get down and groove with the best of ‘em! May your days be filled with precious memories of your Mom, a woman you loved, adored and cherished.  And on those days that get a little heavy and unbearable, may you find comfort in the arms of the Creator.

Much Love,


This tribute was added by Shawna Wiggins on 4th January 2015

"Mrs. Hay,

You definitely left an indelible mark on God's great earth and for that I am thankful and grateful to have been in the presence of you and Mr. Hay for so many years.

You lived a life filled with love, family, friends, countless celebrations, vacations, and a house with a revolving door that opened to one of the most welcoming homes one could imagine. I always felt at home in your home. There were no strangers once they crossed the threshold of your doorstep.

You doled out advice like my mother would, you brought tears to my eyes from laughter from your insightful observations of the world, and you put the SOUL in soul food.

I am saddened by the fact that you are no longer here in the physical but I know your spirit of giving, thoughtfulness, and caring, lives in each and every person you ever came across.

I am certain that you were greeted by your beloved husband, James Hay when you entered God's house and you can dance forever in a  place more beautiful than one's mind can only imagine.

Thank you for everything!

You did do it your way! You can rest now.


Shawna Wiggins"

This tribute was added by Betty Harris on 3rd January 2015

"Gloria was the best indication of who and what the word FRIEND mean.She lived her life to the fullest without regreats or excuses. She was a genuine, sincere, loyal, reliable, honest, caring, kind-hearted,virtuous woman. Although I don't want to say good-bye, GOD has spoken and now she is one of GOD'S beautiful, smiling angels. Rest in peace my friend."

This tribute was added by Rhea McIver-Gibbs on 3rd January 2015

"Dear Hay Family...Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.  I can only imagine what you are feeling now at this time...weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning!  I can only say you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Jackie, though we may be far apart in distance, you will always be close to my heart for so many reasons.  You are a friend for life!  Be strong my sister and when you feel like you just can't make it, remember God will carry you through!"

This tribute was added by Michelle Robinson-Scruggs on 3rd January 2015

"So sorry for your loss, praying for the family, praying for strength during these hard times, she will be truly missed...I met Gloria through Ollie, always made you laugh and smile..."

This tribute was added by Felisa Weir on 2nd January 2015

"Dear Friend,

I will cherish our bond forever and always. Your kindheartedness was most infectious, your insight was beneficial, and your love will infinitely reign supreme!  This I know.
I will miss our late night and early morning chats, a few that were highly debatable; such as “Michelle Obama’s short sleeves, your lifetime fascination with Victor Newman and the Lakers and last but not least your “everlasting feat” and “sincere determination” in finding me a husband.” Keep hope alive my dear…

Girl your cooking lessons were a blast.  I can clearly hear you taunting me about being “too cute” in the kitchen because I was so adamant about keeping things in order as I prepared things. Often giving me a  look of sheer annoyance nevertheless we made it through. To date everyone raves about my Thanksgiving dinner (especially the dressing!) Thanks to you!

I will never forget the rides to wherever, it was time well spent. And though the dialogue dwindled a little over the years, the idol chitchat will always hold a special place in my heart.
My visit with you on Mother’s Day was very special. Indicative to past visits, I followed your directives as I assisted you in packing for your trip to Georgia; we caught up on things, dished a little and watched some television. Thank you for the Memories. I will truly miss you Mrs. Hay!

Lot's of Love,


This tribute was added by shandra Anderson murray on 2nd January 2015

"Where can I begin. Gloria knew me before I came into existence.  She and my mom grew up in Louisiana and the Andersons and the Hay family have been related forever prime example that blood is not the only way you can be family. So many memories childhood to the time she left for Atlanta  life will be different without her helping hand, positive influence and laughter and love God earned an angel that will definitely mean that heaven will be taken to another level I love you auntie and I will miss you and our phone conversations but I know that your health was a challenge here on earth but now you are free until we meet again  rest in heavenly peace"

This tribute was added by Rosemarie Allen on 2nd January 2015

"Gloria Hay.  From the first day I met you, my life was forever changed.  I was hired by Drew University to be your supervisor, from that first day I realized who was really in charge!  Your knowledge and wisdom was freely shared (whether I wanted it or not ☺️) and always with honesty, love and concern.  Once I made you so mad you said, "I'm through with you!"   I quickly replied, "Oh no you're not, I'm not going to let you stay mad at me because I need you too much!."   We laughed about that for years!  I can't believe that was 30 years ago!  You have blessed me and my family for many years with your wonderful cooking, great stories and incredible  sense of humor.  I still get rave reviews on the Peach Cobbler and Macaroni and Cheese you taught me to make.  I know you're in heaven lovin on Jay and letting everybody know he's yours!  ☺️.  May God wrap you in his loving arms.  You will forever be remembered and missed!"

This tribute was added by Mavis Jean-Gilles on 2nd January 2015

"Your mother Ms. Hays was always kind, and a joy to be around. I pray that your family has peace during this difficult time knowing that she is now in Heaven smiling down from above. "In the presence of The Lord is fullness of joy forevermore", and Ms. Hays is with our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus. Please know that we are here for you in any regard needed. From our hearts to yours, we love you Primus/Hay Family"

This tribute was added by Hue Jackson on 2nd January 2015

"Jackie and family I am so sorry for your loss but, what a tremendous life she lived. Jackie, as you know your mother raised me and help guide me on my path today. I was blessed to be able to see your mom at my dads funeral and she was still the feisty mother I always knew. She was there to support and love my family through a tough time and I want you to know we are here for you as well. Anything you need please do not hesitate. We have always loved everyone in your family and that's never gonna change. There are so many special memories that I will always keep deep in my heart of your mom.  Will miss you for life Momma, love you Sis. Stay strong. Always here for you."

This tribute was added by Faith Butts on 2nd January 2015

"My dear sweet Gloria! What a blessing it is to have known you! You were one of the sweetest, giving, caring and brutally honest women I have ever met. You taught me so much about cooking, dating, being a woman and life in general. I am going to miss calling you just because, stopping by just to see that beautiful smile and indulging in your delicious desserts. I attribute so much of the woman I am to you. As difficult as it is to say 'goodbye', I find consolation in knowing that you were proud of me and my choices in life. Thank you for everything, most importantly thank you for being you. I aspire to be half the woman you were. Rest in eternal peace!"

This tribute was added by jewell jefferson on 2nd January 2015

"I am so glad I was able to spend some time with your mother only two days before her transition to be with our Heavenly father.  I will treasure always her words of wisdom and advice that she has given to me on so many occasions.  Rest in Peace.  May GOD also grant the family his precious peace and comfort during this time."

This tribute was added by Verna Anderson on 2nd January 2015

"My prayes are with you and your family in this time of the loss of your Love One, Your Mother.....Pastor Verna Anderson"

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