- 89 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 26, 1923
- Date of passing: Sep 27, 2012
|'MAN IS A POLITICAL ANIMAL' ARISTOLTE "OPTIONS....BE POLITICAL..BEAR FUR...BE MEAT" - GLORIA|
Gloria is survived by her children, Chris, David and Connie, as well as grandchildren Terence, Brian,and Courtney and great granddaughters McKenzie and Ainsley. Although we are spread out across the country, we always kept in touch with Gloria, and were saddened as we watched this amazing woman gradually lose contact with us as a result of her dementia.
Visit this page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phojcG-aB-8&feature=youtu.be to see Gloria's family photos and hear her stories of childhood and growing up.
Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7043QDwhqQ to hear Gloria reading from her diaries.
A dedicated teacher by profession, for over 25 years, Gloria spent her career teaching reading in various public schools. But she found her greatest satisfaction teaching the less privileged children in East Harlem, New York. A keen intellect, always open to new ideas, she continued to learn and evolve throughout her life and career. She was an empathic and honest writer. Her book titled "Homework" was published in 1970. It chronicled her teaching experiences with disadvantaged children using techniques of the "Open Classroom".
In her early twenties, her life experience led her to become a champion of women's rights and reproductive rights .These were causes that she would support thoughout her life. She would openly talk about women's rights, without regard to the popularity of issues, or political correctness.
In retirement she was a tireless political activist, volunteering for many political campaigns. She supported groups such as FAIR and Religious Witness with Homeless People in San Francisco.. She always brought her activism to the streets participating in anti-war marches.and union picket lines.
For the last few years of her life Gloria resided at the Irene Swindell's Residential Care Program in San Francisco;a small non profit care facility specializing in Dementia Care. Living there she felt safe and secure,due to the commitment and dedication of the staff. She often sang loudly as her memory for music never failed. She treated the staff as she always treated working people, with appreciation, and as equals. She, in a way,was able to continue teaching because the program incorporates therapy interns learning to work with the geriatric residents . She would also be pleased that the program is staffed by Union workers who get a living wage for their hard and sometimes times difficult work. The Foundation provides support to families who exhaust their financial resources so that their loved ones can remain in an environment of dignity and excellent care.
The family requests that tax deductible memorial gifts can be made to
CPMC Foundation c/o Irene Swindells Alzheimers Residential Care Program
Donations can be sent to: The Swindell's Program
3698 California St. 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94118
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"Thinking of all of you this time of the year!
Gloria Channon made me a better person.
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same”
- Flavia Weedn
Gloria Channon was such a person for me. Gloria had such a profoundly deep soul, and it was that which made her such a wonderful, warm, loving human being.
We all know that her heart was big enough to take in every poor child she ever met, every hard working man or woman,every homeless person, every individual whose dignity and rights were denied by an ignorant, greedy and unjust society.
On more than one occasion, I have seen Gloria tip a poor waiter with more than the total cost of the meal. She genuinely loved poor, struggling, suffering people. It is no wonder that she was so loved by all who really knew her.
I tell you truly, Gloria Channon made me a better person."
"A remembrance from Sister Bernie
My dear friend Gloria,
During the many years you were with us down here,
you made this world a better place!
If heaven can be improved in any way whatsoever,
I’m sure you are quite busy organizing for change!
I look forward to joining you again one of these days.
Love and admiration,
"Gloria, you and I for a brief and beautiful time took care of one another. The light that you shared with me shines within me still. For the rest of my life, as long as I live, you live. I give my thanks to you Gloria, for your light and your love.
"I loved having Gloria as our neighbor. I got to know her as a witty and brave role model. Even in her golden, velvet, years she stood up and spoke her mind. I'll never forget her writing a sign for her window to support the local hells angels who lived down our street after they had been raided by the authorities. It was a beautiful thing! You are missed, Gloria!"
"Sister Bernie Galvin has shared " The Gloria I Knew and Loved" in the stories section"
"It was such an honor to be her caregiver. I miss her daily. I miss her singing and laughing with me. She was such a precious lady with a great spirit. I am so very happy I had the priveledge to be her caregiver. You will always be remembered and a special place in my heart for you. Now you are dancing and singing with the angels."
"Gloria will forever be in our hearts as a wonderful, vital member of our community at the Swindells Program. She was a playful tour-de-force of joy, who showed us all how to live in the present moment. I lost track of how many times she kissed my hands after the first few years but her expressions of affection to those aound her will be greatly missed. With gratitude to her caring family."
"Thank you Gloria for your vigorous and passionate positions on Politics and social issues. You always kept me on my toes.
And thank you for showing me some of the wonders of the SF Bay area. I will miss you and hearing about you from your devoted and loving children."
"Gloria reads from her diaries on this video, starting with her childhood.
"Gloria took me on many trips- To the studio of Pearl Primus when I was maybe 5 or 6. Pearl was an African American modern dancer and her place was full of huge drums, taller than me. One time Gloria set us up at a crash pad in DC after an anti war demo - at a swanky Virginia suburban house with long white shag carpeting and carpeted with shaggy hippies. Good-bye Gloria,"
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