Our Life Our Love

Shared by Cornel Rylander on April 2, 2014

Hello My Love; I am so thankful that Our Lord chose you to be my wife and for me to be your husband. We talked about this early in our marriage. And we knew this was done before we was born. Our togetherness came from heaven, and I can't thank God enough. We serve an awesome God, Amen. What came with the marriage is all of your family, and all of my family. I'll always love Neal and Dilcia Perkins, and all your sisters and brothers. As you loved mama and mother, and all of your sister and brother in laws to the end, and even in heaven. Baby Love you are not with me physically, but you'll always be with me in the spirit of the Lord. Not one day pass without you on my mind and in my heart. I'm crying right now sweetheart, but I'm going to be okay. I love you so much, and you're loving me. that I know. God has blessed us with two wonderful children. I remember as they was becoming young adults, we told them we want grandkids. Well Heleva answered with three girls and Jamal with three boys and one girl. Hey they came through by the grace of God. Jamal and Heleva resemble you Gee in so many ways, and I am so thankful to call them my children. Baby the grand children are growing so fast, and all seven are beautiful. They keep me going. Kiauna is in her second year in the army, and now she's working at StarBucks. The other six are growing like trees, and getting tall, expecially Jaedon and Ebony. All of them are doing good in school, and I know the parents is pleased with that. Sugar pudding, next month will be eleven years for me working at Crane World Wide. I recall in 2008 when I informed you that this will be the last company I'll work for. God gets the glory, for it is the Lord that's ordering my steps. I will be lost without Him, amen. Not only at the work place but my entire life since I've been on this earth. I'm planning to resign at the end of next year. It's time for me to relax some and enjoy the time I have remaining Gee. I'll draw my social security and get Amazing Plants and Silk Trees going again. You know that's somthing I enjoy doing. I thank God for the love He has given me, and I love so many. Our family is large and I love them all. That includes nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncle, daughter in law, son in law, brother in law, sister in law, all of my sisters and brothers. Not only do I love them all, I pray for all of these and many more. Everyone needs prayer. The world is wicked, but we are Gods children and He will keep the danger away from us. For Our Lord Jesus is our protecter, The Way The Truth and The Light. amen Thank You Jesus. I miss you Gloria Yvonne Rylander, but I have to stay strong baby and continue to keep moving for the Lord as He gives me strength from day to day. Love Always and a Day Glo

All God's Children - Gloria!

Shared by Brenda Dillon on May 7, 2013

Gloria, I wanted you to see this beautiful figurine that is displayed in the cabinet with the rest of my All God's Children Collection. This one, "Gloria" is the most important one because she has your name, your beauty, your radiance, your innocence and your humbleness to God! This one is for you Gloria . . . I love you so much and God knows how much we miss you . . . RIP my love . . . until we are together again . . . Rest Gloria Rest!

Happy Birthday Sis!

Shared by Brenda Dillon on January 19, 2012

Hello my beautiful sister . . . I am stopping by to say Happy 59th Birthday and to let you know that a day doesn't go by and I not think of you. Everyone misses you so much but we know that you are now at peace. Rest my sweet sister, rest!

Shared by Cornel Rylander on December 24, 2011

My Love for you baby will never end. Not one day passes by with me not thinking of you, and how you was a blessing for me. I thank GOD for allowing your spirit to visit with me in my dreams. It's awesome when we talk and hold a conversation. Wow, then I had to wake up. We'll always be married in the spirit of the Lord, amen. I'm a lot stronger now, and doing what you always told me to do; enjoy myself. I was invited to a birthday party last night. Honey let me tell you I had a wonderful time. I danced so much until my battery needed to be recharged. It was time to go home and get some sleep. Gee, I've had some very close calls lately. In the month of August; in October; and also this month. All praise and glory to God my Father who is watching over me and keeping me safe, amen. I'm alright and I'll continue to do Gods will for His purpose and for my life. MY sweetheart, my sugar, my honey, my baby, my queen. Gee, the next time I write to you and myself, I'll share with you how The Lord has been blessing me. Of course you already know but I have to share it. Love you Gee

Gloria - Our Precious Gloria

Shared by Brenda Dillon on December 23, 2011

Gloria - the entire family misses you so much . . . enjoy your 1st Christmas in Heaven, our precious loved one!

Gloria's 1st Christmas in Heaven

Shared by Brenda Dillon on December 18, 2011

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below,

With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars, reflecting on the snow;

The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away your tear

For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear

But the sounds of earthly music can't compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I can't explain the feeling, the joy their voices bring,

For it is beyond description, to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart

But I am not so far away, we really are not apart.

So be happy for me, my family and friends, you know I hold you dear,

And be glad that I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I sent you each a special gift, from my Heavenly Home above,

I sent you each a memory of my undying love.

After all, love is a gift more precious that pure gold,

It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do

For I can't count the blessings or love He has for each of you.

So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear;

Remember, I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I love you all, Gloria

Happy Thanksgiving Gloria

Shared by Brenda Dillon on November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Gloria . . . it's your 1st Thanksgiving in Heaven and I know it's the best one that you've ever experienced. You are surely missed by all. We love you Gloria . . . RIP my sister.

Welcome Home Deddie

Shared by Brenda Dillon on November 19, 2011

Well Gloria, I know you were one of the angles that welcomed Deddie [Mr. Hill as you would say] home. Just like you, holiday time, same procedure, same improvements and thinking he was coming home . . . then beathing problems . . . now rest. RIP Deddie.

Gloria . . . My Gloria

Shared by Brenda Dillon on November 6, 2011

Gloria, you were on my mind all day today and I cried so much when I heard Enchantment's song titled "Gloria" . . . and honestly . . . things ain't been the same since you went away!

We miss you so much Gloria.


Gloria . . . we miss you so much!

Shared by Brenda Dillon on November 5, 2011

Well Gloria, the holidays are approaching and I know it's going to be very difficult for the family. I talked to Cornel today and he was surprised with a phone call from Ray. I know you are aware that Ruby is in the hospital and isn't it amazing that she is in the same room that Momma was in . . . imagine as large as Methodist Sugarland Hospital is what is the chance of that happening! Well sis, I was just thinking about you. 

We Will Never Forget . . .

Shared by Brenda Dillon on September 11, 2011

Time passes and doesn't wait for anyone. It doesn't seem as though 10 years has passed . . . but it has. This is a time to honor and salute our fallen loved ones. The 9/11 attack was an attack on America and EVERY American citizen . . . we will NEVER forget that tragic day.

You are missed:

Celebrating Gloria's Labor for Christ

Shared by Brenda Dillon on September 4, 2011

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10 King James Version (KJV)


The apostle Paul identifies the one cause that he devotes his entire life's labor to: teaching and discipling followers of Jesus. That's the great work to which all Christians are called. Whom we preach, warning every man, teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. Colossians 1:28-29 King James Version (KJV)

To My Big Sister ~ I Miss You So Much

Shared by Brenda Dillon on August 26, 2011

Gloria today is a very rough day for the family and I know that you already know that Babysister passed and is now home with you all. Just when I think I have crossed one hurdle of pain . . . someone else in the family is called home. Today was Babysister’s homegoing service and I saw so many of our cousins and they asked about you and Ruby. I fought back the tears as long as I could. I saw the Perkins, the Jacksons, the Parkers, the Gambles, the Gardners and so many more family members.  Dala spoke like she did at Daddy’s funeral and she did a great job. Faye and I even went by the Log Cabin after the funeral and it looks the same. Twin was cooking and I thought about Aunt Freddel especially when Twin said, “You want a hamburger . . . you want a drink” boy that took me way back and it was like Aunt Freddel was talking to me. I remember going to Acres Homes and having fun with the family . . . I miss those days . . . I miss you, Momma and Daddy so much . . . it is so hard Gloria. This photo reminds me of when I was little and I wanted to be like my big sisters and do everything that you all did. Today is eight (8) months since your homegoing and Monday, August 29, 2011 when we lay Babysister to rest will be two (2) years for Momma’s homegoing. My heart is heavy Gloria but I know that you are at peace and enjoying all the family in Heaven. The pastor that eulogized Babysister was awesome but again, I know you already know that. I love you Gloria . . . rest in peace until we meet again.

Shared by Cornel Rylander on August 13, 2011

I miss you baby and I will always love you; Hey sugar I'm still using your special made hair grease, and I found two more jars. I'm gonna use it as long as I can, because it's years since I had to buy hair grease. Just something else I'll have to get use to. One thing I can admit, I have not adjusted to sleeping in the bed without you being there honey. During the thirty nine years, you was always there next to me as I reached my hand to feel your warm body. Do I still cry? Oh yes, no doubt about it. But I thank GOD for making me stronger, where as I don't break down as much. It's easy for me to remember the days or the times when I was very sick and you was there to tend to me; my nurse at home. And likewise; the times or days you was sick or feeling bad, I was there for you baby. Most definitely our marriage was made from Heaven. All of the fun we had enjoying one another, just being together with each other. Going on trips with your mama and the children, or just you and I. Those joyful days and years kept us smiling no matter what. Amen. GOD is always in control, and everything is done according to His will, and for His purpose. I am really blessed this day, even as I was when He called your name and took you home. Had to take a break; chest got tight and tears begin to come down, but I'm okay now. Jesus know I did all that I could so He took over and now you have no worries, no pain no heartaches, no more tears. Thank you Jesus. I've been at the same job now for over 8 years. Mclean Cargo/Crane Worldwide. You know I planned to leave Mclean after the year 2008, but God stepped in and my mind was changed. There's a lot of good people at work and some I call my sisters and brothers, in our Lord Jesus Christ. Hey my sugar, Im going to a sock hop tonight. You know I love dancing, and this is a fund raiser for scholarships. Students at my high school Jack Yates will benifit from this. I recall back in the sixties, almost every weekend when I was in high school there was a sock hop going on. We actually took off our shoes and danced in socks, if we had some. ( smile) Now that was then. I don't believe anyone is coming out of their shoes tonight.  Gee, I know you know I moved off Tambourine, because you're looking down from heaven. I was under a lot of pressure by continuing to live there thinking I would be ok. God told me through the Holy Spirit that I had to move out. I followed His command, and three weeks later I moved into a beautiful town home. I am very relaxed and at peace since I relocated. Its nothing I can take credit for; It is by the grace of God my father. Baby, the new bible you bought for my birthday in 2009, has been very helpful in my growing and studying of the Word of God. Love you cup cake. Check this out; since I've moved here, some of our family members don't return my calls, even if I leave a message. And that includes our two children. Now your sister and brother in laws, we keep in touch because we know life is short and, one must live to the fullest and be thankful. As Jesus replied to His diciples "Who is my mother or my brothers? " Behold my mother and my brethen, for whosoever do the will of GOD, the same is my brother, and my sister, and my mother". Honey I ask God everyday what is His will for me to do. I know I am a child of God and I look forward to the day He will call my name. But not yet, I have to continue to run this race He has set for  me and share the Gospel. Gee, I had a strange experience about two weeks ago. Ready to go to bed, I sat my bible on the bed, and said my prayers. I enjoy reading a scripture before going to sleep. Baby as soon as I put my head on the pillow, the room started to spin very fast and I broke out in a bad sweat, Didn't know what was why this was happening. The room is still spinning, and I wondered was I about to have stroke or go into a coma. I know you saw it all but I'm telling the story to myself. Room is still spinning but has slowed down somewhat. I looked at your picture on the wall and said maybe God is calling my name. A thought came to mind saying no. I started praying to my Lord Jesus to please heal me from whatever is happening to me. For you are the healer, the doctor, the surgen and is able fix this. I layed there for a little while  until the room stopped spinning.I  sat up on the side of the bed, but very weak I thanked God for coming to my aide. Finally going to sleep, when I woke up it was like nothing had happened, Thank you Jesus. Check this out honey.  Not long after the incident, Joann Morris text me saying I have been on her mind, and she wants to know if everything was ok and how I've been. God is good. Sugar pudding I'm going to stop right here, but let me tell you that Ptah Ra has been very sick this summer. I talked with him today and Rick has been keeping in touch with him also. We'll keep him in prayer.

Glory to God!

Shared by Brenda Dillon on July 31, 2011

The name "Gloria" is a derivative of the word "glory", which is found in scripture, meaning: praise, honor and thanksgiving . . . "Glory to God" . . .

. . . we praise You Lord

. . . we lift You up Lord

. . . we magnify You Lord


"Glory to God in the highest"

7 Months ~ Yet Still So Painful

Shared by Brenda Dillon on July 31, 2011

Gloria ~ it's been 7 months yet your passing seems like it was just yesterday and is still so painful. Quite often I find myself saying, "Oh gosh, I need to call Gloria and see how she's feeling," then reality sets in and I am emotionally set back. I miss you so much and now I know and understand how Momma felt when she talked about losing her brothers and sisters. Sometimes I feel lost because for the family your passing is yet still so painful and the only person that can talk about it is Faye and I stop when she starts to cry. When I talk to the Lord, I cry . . . tears of joy, sadness and loneliness. I miss you so much and I remember when I had the office and you were working with me . . . you were so happy . . . and now I realize how happy you were to get out of the house just to work part-time. After the office break-in, I should have moved to another office instead of trying to make all the repairs in conjunction to the building upgrades. I really beat myself up about that and should have done things differently . . . I wish you would have told me . . .  I am so upset Gloria and I really wasn't ready to let you go. I realize you didn't need financial assistance . . . you needed to get out of the house. I am so sorry Gloria, I feel like I let you down . . . I am so overwhelmed right now my sister but I know God is still in control . . . RIP Gloria and I love you and our family so much, and only He knows "just" how much. Rest my sister, rest.

Congrats Kiauna ~ Your Granny is Smiling Down

Shared by Brenda Dillon on June 6, 2011

Well Gloria, I know you are so proud of Kiauna graduating with anticipation of going on to college. I know we made plans to have a huge celebration for both her and Kamaria. I know that you know that I kept my promise that I made to you . . . to help KiKi get her driver's license and even put a down payment on her a car but yes, you know what happened and life goes on. It was a blessing that I only lost 20% of the down payment but 100% of the driving class . . . it's all good . . . God has certainly replenish what was lost and even Faye said I shouldn't have been surprised . . . so I am good. Doug and I are heading to New York next week for a long weekend and I am looking forward to it. RIP my sister.


Congrats Kamaria ~ Aunt Gloria is Smiling Down

Shared by Brenda Dillon on June 6, 2011

Gloria, I know that you were present with us at Kamaria's graduation ceremony. The commencement exercise was held in TSU’s Health & Education Building. We didn't know what side Kay would come out on but you lead us to sit exactly on the row she was sitting on and the right side of the building. Thank you Gloria for helping to raise our children; you made such a positive impact on them and they will forever be grateful for the foundation you help to lay. We miss you so much Gloria, but we know you, Momma, Daddy and all our other family members were so happy with Kay’s accomplishments. RIP Gloria . . . until we meet again.

Time to Remember Gloria

Shared by Brenda Dillon on May 30, 2011

Hi Gloria, I went to Galveston again this past weekend and James, Faye and I were talking about you. We had a good conversation. I decided to head back to Houston early to beat the holiday traffic coming back to Houston. I stopped by your friend YoYo's house because I needed to pick-up a bowling shirt for an upcoming tournament. YoYo, Hazel, Charles and a few of your friends were there cooking and having fun. I had a good time, it was fun and they had a whole lot of food. I really miss you Gloria and the holidays are just not the same and I haven't had any shrimp, broccoli and cheese casserole and I am sure that I will never meet anyone that can cook it like you. Ok sis, I have to go until next time. RIP Gloria, I love you.

Celebrating Memorial Day . . .

Shared by Brenda Dillon on May 29, 2011

Gloria, I sit here and think about when you were in the hospital and I came by after work before Cornel arrived. We talked about taking a family trip to celebrate Kiauna's and Kamaria's graduation celebration. Wow, it's hard to believe you are not physically here, but my heart knows that you are spiritually here . . . ready to celebrate. Oh what a reunion it will be when the remaining of us come Home! It will be a reunion unlike any other reunion; our great great grandparents, our great grandparents, our grandparents, our parents, our uncles, our aunts, our cousins, our friends but most important is our Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord for the reunion!

Gloria is Safe in His Arms

Shared by Brenda Dillon on May 29, 2011

Oh Lord, I am so glad that my sister is "safe in Your arms". The devil can't harm her, her enemies can't find her and she's safe, Lord . . . yes so "safe" in Your arms.

Remembering Gloria . . . May 28, 2011

Shared by Brenda Dillon on May 28, 2011

Gloria, we will ALWAYS keep your memores alive, forever and ever.

Gloria ~ Gone but NEVER Forgotten

Shared by Brenda Dillon on May 28, 2011

We miss you so much Gloria, there are not enough words in our vocabulary or in the dictionary for the family to express how much you are missed. ~ Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  Thank you Lord for loaning Gloria to us for 57 years.

Mother's Day Prayer

Shared by Brenda Dillon on May 8, 2011

Most Gracious Heavenly Father, relying on your promises to us, I turn to you in trust that my mother and sister are with you and that they are enjoying your loving embrace. You alone know how they loved our family and how they both faithfully endured the struggles that they faced. You know the graces you gave them and you know the grace they were for the family and for so many. For all the ways they truly loved the way you loved them, please reward them, Lord. May they enjoy the communion of all our family and friends who are with you. Lord, I know my mother and sister still loves us who are still here on earth. I ask you that you might listen to their fervent prayers for us. Help our family to grow into a new and deeper relationship with them now, as we long for the day when we will all meet in your embrace - freed from all that might have hindered our relationship on earth, knowing and understanding everything we did not know or understand on this earth. I ask you this with faith in the resurrection, trusting my mother's and sister’s love, and desiring that they know our love for them. Thank you so much our Most Gracious Heavenly Father. Amen

 According to Pastor Shirley Ceasar . . . I remember Momma and the love that she gave, kneeling by her bed side I can hear Momma say, "The people are depending on you Shirley, don't you let them down". I remember Momma in a happy way. We went to school with holes in our shoes, we didn't have much but the Lord saw us through. Momma kept the family together, I remember Momma in a happy way. She packed our lunch in an old greasy bag, it might've seemed empty, but it was more than others had. It had a lot of love way down deep inside and I remember Momma in a happy way. Now Momma is sleeping in the bosom of Jesus Christ. Somehow I know she's smiling, she's smiling on us right now. One day I'll see her again, how happy I will be and I remember Momma in a happy way. My brothers and sisters, they're living far apart although my Momma's gone, she's right here in our hearts. We're all gonna pull together and stay in the Holy Place. I remember Momma in a happy way, I remember Momma, I remember Momma in a happy way . . . Thank you Pastor Ceasar, I remember my Momma and Gloria in a happy way!


Happy Mother's Day ~ Gloria

Shared by Brenda Dillon on May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day my dear sister. It's been a difficult week but God is still on the throne. Aisha and I will be by the cemetery after service to visit you, Momma and Daddy. It's a blessing that you are buried close to Momma and Daddy. Sometimes, I just can't believe that you are actually gone . . . our hearts are heavy but we know that you are at peace. We miss you so much Gloria and words can't explain the pain and hurt that we are feeling.

According to Vickie Winans, we know that you are "safe in His arms" and that He is your shepherd and now supplies everything that you need. He lets you rest in the meadow's grass and He leads you beside the quiet streams. He restored your failing health and He now helps you do what honors Him the most, that's why you are safe in Him arms. When your storms of life were raging, and the billows rolled; I'm so glad He was able to hide you safe in His arms. Yes, so glad He was able to hide you Gloria ~ safe in His arms . . . thank you Lord for hiding my sister! Hallelujah Lord, she's safe in Your arms, thank You, Lord, noboby but You can "safely" hide us from the devil's harm, hide us from our enemies, they can't find us, Lord because we are safe in Your arms!  . . . HALLELUJAH LORD . . .



Gloria's 1st Easter in Heaven

Shared by Brenda Dillon on April 24, 2011

Today is Gloria's first Easter in Heaven and I know she is looking down on us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God . . . Worthy is the Lamb of God.

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26

The Love Of My Life

Shared by Cornel Rylander on April 2, 2011

Hello My Love; God called your name and took you to Heaven about 14 weeks ago. But Gee, sometimes it fells like you've been away from me 14 months baby. What I am going through now, is something many people have gone thru already or experiencing grief and mourning as I am. But Gee, our Lord Jesus is right here with me, and is giving me new strength so I can continue to do His will, Amen. Oh but I thank God for our time together sugar pie. I have so many memories of us and our two children and seven grandchildren. We have truly been blessed, and we lived as one. Not only the memories baby, but hundreds of pictures that followed us through out our young lives, and the last pictures taken together on Christmas day 2010. Do I still cry? Oh yes honey, and I don't try to hide my tears. Actually I feel relief of a lot of pressure that has built up after my tears has ceased. Hey baby, I've put together a collage and I know you're looking at it and smiling. I'm at a stopping point right now, but not finished. I have four large frames and one small frame. The first one is pictures of the seventies, starting with you and your graduating picture in 1971. This first frame have about 78 pictures Gee. The next three is in the 80's and the fifth frame have all the grandkids and Kamaria when they were babies, from 1993 to 2004. Isn't it beautiful baby? I love looking at this wall filled with the fullness of our wonderful, beautiful, marvelous, strong love and marriage.I miss all of that, but at the same time, I can't continue to be silfish honey. I do thank God for taking you in His arms and giving you peace, and everlasting life, with no pain no suffering, no more worries. I love you Gloria Yvonne Perkins Rylander, so much baby. All glory belongs to GOD. Hey sugar pudding, I'm making some progress in the wrting of my book; IN MY LIFE. Right now I'm about to be discharged from the navy, and the very next year 1971 we'll meet and fall in love, Amen. Glo, on last Friday I finally got out and went to a nice club and danced and really enjoyed myself baby. You know I have no problem dancing alone. Girl I wasn't in there ten minutes before I was on the dance floor. I was in my own world, and very relaxed. Now I did have some dancing partners and enjoying it all baby. Baby, Heleva has started on her new job this week and she is very pleased and happy. Jamal bought a suburban last month, and it's real nice and runs good. He started on his new job last week, isn't that good news baby? Oh yes, I was chosen the empolyee of the month for Febuary. Man you talking about surprised and happy baby, yes I was. I even won two tickets for the rodeo, and that was a first. Later in the month, several of us was recognized for years of service at Crane WorldWide, a beautiful frame baby. In my tribute to you, my love, I want to make the things we planned together, to happen, and some of our dreams to come true. With the blessings of God The Father, it can happen and come true. Well this year I've been blessed with a new dishwasher, new sofa and loveseat, and a t.v. with a stand. I moved our sofa and chair to the bedrooms honey. I'm not rushing anything at all Gee. I'm moving with the Holy Spirit as God moves me and direct my path. I will be completely lost without Him. Kiauna has been staying over here and riding the school bus to school. Weekends she's back at home, and the grandkids are all doing good in school. Sometimes I can feel your spirit here in the house, and my dreams of you, put you right there with me honey. I thank God for allowing it to happen and giving me peace at this time. Hey Gee I'm always talking to you baby and asking questions, waiting for an answer. No I'm not crazy, just lonely at times and missing my queen. I have to shut it down baby, and I'm gonna be okay. Love always and a day. I'll write to you and to me after mothers day baby. That day is going to be hard Gee, but I have to get pass it. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU

Gloria ~ We Miss You!

Shared by Brenda Dillon on March 26, 2011

Gloria, today – March 26, 2011 make 3 months for you going Home and it doesn’t seem real. Faye and I were talking about you on this past Thursday and it seems like a dream. We all still have our grieving moments and that will be as long as we are on this Earth; but when we come Home ~ it will be a family reunion with you, Momma, Daddy, Aunt Francis, Uncle Leroy, Auntie, Uncle Bennie, Uncle GC, Grandpa, Grandma and all the other family members.   RIP my sister, love you.

A Tribute to My Wife

Shared by Cornel Rylander on February 15, 2011

A Tribute to My Wife

My Sweetheart

My Honey

My Sugar Pudding

My Friend

My Partner

My Queen

My Love

My Baby

My Everything


I thank God for the thirty nine years together that He allowed us to share our lives. You are the blossom of my life. I miss you so much Gee. I’m lonely. I feel half empty because my better half is gone to be with the Lord. I’m hurting with a pain I can’t describe, but I know God is righteous in everything and He will remove and take away this awful pain, and give me the strength I need to continue to run the race. The plans we made, and the dreams we had together, I will do my best honey to make it happen. Never will I forget the wonderful and fun days we had. The true love we had for one another. The music and the songs we would sing together and dance as I embraced you and smell your sweet perfume.


Even in your time of pain and suffering, you were able to smile and laugh and deny the pain for a little while. Only God could make our marriage so beautiful and strong as our bond continued to tighten. God called your name and took away the pain because God doesn’t make mistakes, and our separation is only temporary. Your spirit Gee is definitely in this house, in every room as I move about. Then one day my time will come when God will open His arms and carry me to Heaven; so once again, we will be together forever my love.


Love always and a day

Your husband Cornel


Happy Valentine's Day Gee from Ry

Shared by Brenda Dillon on February 15, 2011

Hey Gloria, I bowled on Valentine's Day and my team went to dinner and it was late (12:08am) when I arrived home. I meant to post this for Cornel earlier in the day . . . but you know that the love is still there so don't fuss at Cornel, it was me. Without a doubt, you know that every day is Valentine's Day to Cornel especially when it comes to you and we know you had the best Valentine's Day ever in Heaven. We love you Gee . . . with all our hearts from Ry and family.

Happy Valentine's Day Gloria

Shared by Brenda Dillon on February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day my dear sister; Cornel and I visited your gravesite on yesterday and it was so peaceful and beautiful. I was glad to see that the VA Cemetery had your headstone up already. It's beautiful, rest in peace my sister, love ya Brenda.

Certainly the Cutest Couple

Shared by Brenda Dillon on February 13, 2011

I found out too late that Praise 92.1 FM was having a "Cutest Couple Contest" with the grand prize of $500.00 announced and awarded on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011. The entry submission period was Monday, January 24, 2011 12:00AM to Sunday, February 06, 2011 11:59PM.  I most certainly would have entered this beautiful couple and truly they would have gotten my vote! Congrats Cornel & Gloria. 


Just Keeping In Touch

Shared by Brenda Dillon on February 13, 2011

Hi Gloria, I know that you already know that it's too painful for other family members to visit your memorial site but eventually they will be able to add tributes, pictures, videos and comments. It will just take some time for them. I am so grateful for this site, it gives me an opportunity to express myself and it's my way of coping with your absence. Sometimes I have to put the music on mute and other times, I am singing right along with Michael. Today is a sunny and beautiful day here in Houston, Texas but I know that every day is a beautiful day in your final resting place . . . Heaven, rest in peace my sister . . . rest eternally. I love you, Brenda.

Gloria Watching Over Jabari

Shared by Brenda Dillon on February 12, 2011

Hey Gloria, just stopped by to let you know that Jabari passed his physical agility test for the Houston Fire Department; he also passed on the family being there to cheer him on but we know you, Momma, Daddy, Mr. Snowden, David Lee and all the other family angels were there. Jay is one step closer to accomplishing his dream of becoming a Houston Firefighter. Love ya sis and talk to you soon, Brenda.

To My Wife

Shared by Cornel Rylander on January 31, 2011

Hello Baby,

I'm always talking to you, like day and at night. This time I'm on your website to bring back some memories. Your husband is writing to you, but actually I'm talking to myself. Sometimes I have to cry, just to relieve some pressure. I'm going through the motion of everyday life, but Sweetheart, nothing is the same without you. I know I'm going to get stronger as the years go by. As a matter of fact, I'm a little better now and getting stronger everyday. I pray throughout the day for God to give me the strength to make it through this time of mourning in my life, and I know He is with me every minute of the day.

Hey Gee; I'm at home listening to a mixed cassette tape (Natalie Cole - Melody), Temptations (Heard it Through the Grapevine), Frankie Beverly and Maze (Running Away), Ohio Players (Worm).

Ok I'm back. I had to get up and dance with you baby. That was Gladys Knight and the Pips (If I Was Your Woman). Honey Bun; you gonna always be my woman. Love you baby. I remember night we went downtown to the LaBastille cozy night club to see Grover Washington perform live. I think that was in 1975. It was only a few concerts that we didn't make it to in the 70's and 80's. I looked at a photo we took together at the Hoffeinz Pavillion in 1971. Thank God we have thousands of pictures to help bring back the memories. Sugar Baby, the memories really keep me going. We have photo albums from the fall of 1971 to December 2010; pictures of our parents, sisters and brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, friends, grandparents, our children and grandchildren; Go Girl! Just recently, you and I were talking about the trip we made in Dec. 1976 to your Uncle Leroy's house in Lawton, OK. My father-in-law allowed me to drive us there in his new Buick. You know we had 11 children and adults in that car. Now that was a crowd in one car. But by the grace of God, we made the trip safely, going and coming back. I remember when we were going to the Lowe's and Majestic Theatres downtown on Main St. I believe that's where we saw Superfly in 1973. I'll never forget the 1st movie Jaws. On a Friday night we took the children to see it. Now the next day, Saturday, we had plans to go to the beach. After seeing Jaws, you know we cancelled that trip to the beach, and still talking about it. 

Now I'm listening to the cassette you made of the O'Jays. Family Reunion is playing now and I'm thinking how we loved that song, and every chance we had, we were dancing and having a wonderful time, either at home or away. I love you baby.

You know we didn't have much when we started our family. Heleva born in Dec. '72 and Jamal born in April '74. But we had each other and that was enough with a whole lot of love. During the last 4 decades, we played cards and dominoes as partners and did not lose many games. Having a gathering with friends and family as often as possible (weekends). Back in the 70's & 80's, Gee we hosted some card games or went over some friends house with the children. We hardly ever left the kids. You're gone away from me honey, but your spirit is right here with me, and you will always be in my heart. It's been four weeks now, but it feels like yesterday. I have a lot of support from our children and even the grandkids are calling me more to keep me informed of their activities. Now this might sound crazy; On my way to work one day this week, I was at a red light, and I was laughing and crying at the same time. I thought I was losing my mind, but then everything settled down. 

My beautiful queen, I'll talk to you and myself again next month OK? I'll close this message to you and me with a big kiss and now a smile.

Gloria said . . .

Shared by Brenda Dillon on January 26, 2011

Don't cry any more tears for me, I’m at peace, I'm finally free. Like the eagle in the sky, I’m soaring, so please don't cry. I know you love me, I love you too, but my time was over and was finally through. I have ascended to a better place, which is not confined by time or space. To those that loved me, I didn’t fall; I only succumbed to a higher call. Don’t mourn me, I’m with you still. I'll be with you always, from dawn . . . until.


A Sweet and Dear Friend

Shared by June Mitchell on January 24, 2011

Hi Gloria

You are always kind and had a sweet and lovely spirit!!! We had such good times at Holy Trinity talking and smiling with each other.

I was on my way to hospital that Sunday but didn't make it. 

You are wonderful person and I'll miss your smile and your kind sweet smile!!!

You are solely missed!!! You will never be forgotten!!!

Love your friend


Happy Birthday Gloria

Shared by Brenda Dillon on January 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Gloria, it has truly been a difficult time; still can't believe you are gone. I love you and miss you so much. Your baby sister, Brenda

Life Journey - Author Unknown

Shared by Brenda Dillon on January 16, 2011

Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be, a resting place along the road, to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, different paths along the way, we all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay. Our destination is a place, far greater than we know. For some the journey is quicker, for some the journey is slow. And when the journey finally ends, we will claim a great reward, and find an everlasting peace, together with the Lord. We miss you so much, Gloria.

Moments In Time . . . by Ruby Hilliard; Neal "Bo" Perkins and Charles "Ray" Perkins

Shared by Brenda Dillon on January 15, 2011

To my best friend, little sister, my baby; now you are in God’s hands. Oh Gloria, I miss you so much and I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how I am going to make it without you, I love you so much and half of my heart is gone. We have always done everything together, oh my, I can’t stop crying; can’t stop, can’t stop, you are in my heart now and forever. I love you, I love you, I love you my little sister. Ruby


Gloria, my heart is aching so badly. First Momma, and now you; I love you so much my sister and I look forward to us being together again in Heaven. Love you forever, Bo.


I really am lost for words right now and don’t know what to say or do. You know that I love you my big sister. I know you will always be with me in the spirit. I love you, Ray.

Moments In Time . . . by Alice Snowden

Shared by Brenda Dillon on January 15, 2011

To My Better Half of One (1) Year. We shared a Birthday, but that wasn’t all . . . You were the Calm, and I was the Storm. I loved your Gentleness and Patience too. Thank you for all you have taught and given me. I know God makes no mistakes, but I miss you so much. Love You Always, Faye.

Moments In Time . . . by Brenda Dillon

Shared by Brenda Dillon on January 15, 2011

To my big sister, my life-line, my friend, my disciplinary, oh my Lord, Gloria you are my all and all. I am so glad that we grew up showing that we loved one another. I thank God for such a wonderful sister who not only helped me to raise Aisha, but prepared homed cooked meals for Aisha and me and even two days before you went home to be with the Lord, you told me that you would cook me a broccoli, shrimp and cheese casserole. I am so grateful to have been reared in a family of love and togetherness and I wouldn’t change anything. My heart is aching Gloria and I have cried more since your passing than I did when Momma passed. My life has changed forever and I look forward to coming Home and reuniting with all my family members. Part of my heart went with you Gloria. I love you sis, Brenda.

Happy New Year Gloria

Shared by Brenda Dillon on January 1, 2011
Oh Lord, it's now two thousand and eleven,
My heart aches since my sister went to Heaven.
I can’t believe she’s “Gone Too Soon”,
I reach in my memory and see her in the room.
There were four and now it’s three,
Lord my sisters did everything for me.
Yes, I was the youngest of us all,
They never thought I’d be so tall.
I have had trouble sleeping at night,
My sister’s death wasn’t in our sight.
I thought Gloria would always be with us,
Now she’s with the Lord, that we can trust.
All we can do now is live our lives right,
And prepare to see Gloria, our guiding light.
Gloria I miss you more than I can say,
But I will be with you again someday.
I love you big sister . . . so much, so much!


Why It's Important to Say "I Love You"

Shared by Brenda Dillon on December 28, 2010

By Amanda Fox   Fri, Feb 26, 2010

Saying I love you is something so simple yet all too often it is also something we take for granted. That tiny little three word phrase is one of the most powerful strings of words in the world that all humans long to hear, yet when we examine our day many of us may not hear it enough, and saddest of all some may not hear it once. As a child it is something we often say without even thinking of it, yet as adults the words all too often become harder to say in some cases for reasons we don't always understand even though we know how important saying it is.

It is important to say I love you because it is reassuring. As humans we all have vulnerabilities, especially when it comes to the way we perceive how others feel about us. The husband that goes days on end without actually hearing those words from his wife may get insecure and vise versa. Not hearing an I love you returned or spontaneously offered can create doubts because it is our natural reaction to let our mind wander and try to find reasons why those words have not been said. Usually the only reasons that are formulated are negative reasons, so saying I love you removes that doubt and reassures a person that everything is okay and there is no need to worry.

In the parent child dynamic it lets each side know that even though they are inevitably not going to see eye to eye on many things that disagreeing does not mean love is absent. For a child it is especially important that they hear they are loved often because it provides them with a sense of security. A part of growing up is making mistakes and getting into trouble which both sometimes lead to punishment or some negative outcome. It is important that they know that although they may have done something wrong, they are still loved, that love is not something to be used as a weapon. For a parent it is important to hear I love you from your child because it recharges the parental batteries and reminds us that every sacrifice made for our children is worth it.

As friends it is important we say I love you because it reaffirms the bonds we share and lets people know how important they are to us. In some cases a friend may not have anyone else in their life that tells them they are loved. While not hearing from someone that you are loved won't end a life like loss of oxygen, it can lead to depression and a malaise that drags a person down and creates a defeatist attitude. Just telling them they are loved now and then can rectify that in such a simple way and lift them up to not say it seems ridiculous.

It is important we tell people we love them because we cannot see the future. The reality of life is that death will eventually find us all and we never know when that will happen. There are few things sadder than watching a person carry the regret of not having told someone they were loved one last time, or even once at all.

It is important we say I love you often and to everyone we do love because while it is good for them to hear, it is equally good for us to say it. The more we say it the more we hear it in return. It fosters a greater tolerance for each other and smooths the waters the ship of life sails over. It costs us nothing to say it and serves as one of the greatest medicines known to man. Hearing I love you heals so many wounds and serves to prevent others from forming. Saying I love you is important for all the above reasons and countless others, so please remember to say it to someone every day, it can change both of your lives.


Gloria Bowling in Heaven

Shared by Brenda Dillon on December 28, 2010
Gloria is an avid bowler and she really loves the sport, now she’s inside the Pearly Gates and David Norris gives her a full report. He tells Gloria not to worry about trying to strike because all the others bowl much to her alike.
David took Gloria by the hand, led her to lanes one and two and oh my goodness Gloria saw her Mom and Dad, both tying their last shoe; they were so happy to see her and giving her a big hug. Then up walked her Uncle Leroy, and he said, "Glo" hurry, put on your glove.  
As Gloria releases her first ball it makes a loud thud as it hits the floor, then as it rolls down the alley, the sound of resin on wood creates a dull roar; and for the finish, the ball literally crashes into the pins. David jumps up and down shouting, “Now we are going to win”.
Everyone was cheering when Gloria made it back to her seat, she saw more family members, the Perkins, the Browns, the Jones', the Wilsons, the Jacksons, the Parkers, and the Gambles all to greet, they told her not to worry about writing down the score; that there were so many relatives and that’s what they are reliable for.
Gloria was so happy as she cracked jokes among family and peers, especially when she learned her laughter replaced her previous tears. Then she was told that the bowling summit would never ever cease, and God would let EVERYONE on earth know that Gloria is now at peace!
So now when you hear the lighting strike or the loud thunder roar, know that it is Gloria bowling and thanking God for answering when she knocked on Heaven’s door! 


Rejoicing with Gloria

Shared by Bessie Cockrell on December 27, 2010

To my cousin Gloria:  Oh how our hearts rejoiced in seeing each other after all those years we missed after high school.  I'm certainly glad that God allowed that appointed time we shared in those brief moments at the hospital on last Thrusday evening.  My heart is heavy now as I grieve because we had made plans for later on to seeing each other more often than we had done in the past.  But I also know that God wanted you to have peace, comfort and be pain free from your many years of illness.  Oh 'baby" I will miss you dearly.  You never changed, you stayed the same Gloria whom I remembered way back then. 

Oh Gloria, I Bowed On My Knees

Shared by Brenda Dillon on December 27, 2010

On Sunday, December 26, 2010 our Father in Heaven saw that Gloria’s hills were getting harder for her to climb; therefore He whispered for Gloria to come and rest upon His whisper . . . Gloria fell asleep in the “Arms of Jesus”. What a blessing it was having Gloria as a big sister for 54 years. How grateful I am that she helped to shape my life. I take pride in knowing that Gloria loved the Lord and was truly a woman of God . . . Now we must hold on to the memories forever and remember Jesus’ statement to Martha: “He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die”. Of course, believers aren’t exempt from dying physically, but Jesus promised that they will live eternally. As the resurrection and the life, He will “waken” their bodies someday. Remember Philippians 1:21 states: For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Remember Revelation 21:4 states: He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." When someone we love goes to be with Jesus, these promises give us comfort and assurance. I pray that God will continue to strengthen each member of my family and our circle of friends. Death separates us for a time but Christ will reunite us forever. I ask that “believers” stand in prayer with me, my entire family and circle of friends for the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit to be with us at this moment and especially in any challenging moments in the future. Rest in Peace my beautiful sister and I will see you, Momma and Daddy when I get Home. I love you Gloria!


"I Bowed On My Knees" By Michael English  . . .


Thank you Cornel . . .

Shared by Brenda Dillon on December 27, 2010

Thank you Cornel for taking care of my big sister and always being there for her. God is pleased . . .  and so is our family that you honored your vows to the fullest, what you did for Gloria, no human could EVER repay . . . you and Gloria was truly on “one” accord . . . flesh of her flesh and bone of her bone, cleaving unto her and becoming one flesh! Thank you so much Cornel and I love you.

Together Again

Shared by Brenda Dillon on December 27, 2010
Well Gloria, our Lord and Savior has called you home and our hearts are grieving but hallelujah that Momma and Daddy met you at Heaven’s gate with open arms . . . rest in peace, my big sister, it’s been a great 54 years! Wow . . .

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