Born Dec. 7, 1940, in Ardmore, Okla., to Harvana Knight and Henry Wilson, Gloria Jean Douglas spent most of her younger years in Ardmore, Okla. She attended Elementary School at Douglass and Dunbar Elementary and graduated from Douglass High School before attending Langston University. Gloria played the alto saxophone in the High School Band, sang in the High School Chorus and maintained a 3.0 plus grade point average throughout high school. She was an active member of the Corinth Baptist Church and sang in the church choir. She met her Sweetheart while attending High School and married Alcardio (Al) Douglas in 1960. From this marriage, two sons and one daughter were born, Roderick A. Douglas, Ronald A. Douglas, and Lori A. Douglas. Gloria and Al moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1962 with their first born child, Roderick. They were invited to move to Phoenix with a job offer from a family friend, Virgil J. Berry, Sr. Al worked for Mr. Berry until other opportunities became available. The Berry Family has always been considered family to Al and Gloria. Growing up in school and church together, working together, like family.
Gloria will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother.
During her 58 years of marriage, Gloria and Al began traveling with the children throughout the country. She always wanted her children to see and experience the wonders in other cities and states. But the most special trip was always back to Ardmore, Okla., during the summer so that the kids could live alongside and play with their cousins and extended family.  
Gloria will forever be known for her outgoing personality, ability to make friends and love for family. All family members look forward to receiving Gloria’s personally selected birthday, Christmas, anniversary and congratulatory cards each year. She maintained a special calendar with the dates to remind her to buy and send the cards when they were due. She will be missed by many but none so much as her husband, Al Douglas, her sons, Rod Douglas (Toni) (Glendale), Ronald Douglas(Seattle), and her daughter, Lori Douglas Ginnis(Phoenix).  Additionally, her sisters, Vanesther Jones (Ardmore), and Rose Hood (Las Vegas), and her sister-in-law Ruth Forbes(Ardmore, Okla).
Gloria and Al joined and attended several churches in Phoenix looking for that special church home that felt most comfortable. After several times attending Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and listening to Bishop Alexis Thomas’ soul searching sermons, Al became a member in October 2008, and Gloria followed in December 2008.
Gloria worked in the public and private sector as an administrative assistant to the Phoenix city manager, and later with Whirlpool Corporation Administration in Seattle, and in 1983, was hired by Arizona Public Service Corporate Office, aka Pinnacle West. Gloria retired after working forty years of her life.
Gloria was an avid golfer and started playing golf in 1983. She was a long-time member of Desert Mashie Golf Club as well as Cactus Golf Club. She played golf with both organizations but had unexceptional group of ladies that played golf every Tuesday and Thursday. The foursome was not only considered as golfing buddies but as she often referred to the other three as some of her “very best buddies.” But she would always say she had a lot of very good friends.
Along with her immediate family, her sons Roderick (Toni), Ronald, and daughter Lori, Glorialeaves seven wonderful grandchildren; Norman Leamon; Cameron Douglas (Allison); Christopher Douglas; Tiffani Walker (Morgan); Courtney Douglas; Kimberlie Ross Douglas; and Anthony Ross Douglas.  Her great-grandchildren are Kimara Walker; Maleah Walker; Morgan Walker, Jr.; RodjahDouglas and Zaria Apiiga. Gloria leaves eternal love for two sisters; Vanesther Jones and Rose Hood.  Lastly, the many cousins whom she always adored and cherished as sisters and brothers. Her first cousin, who preceded her in death, and whom she loved as a big brother, Art “Bones” Smith (June); followed by Donald Lee Smith (Dorothy); Larry Williamson (Verma); Jacquelyn LaDay(Marcelle); Ozella Henderson (Freddie); Glenda Clardy (Woody); Gilda Conner (Aaron – deceased); Rubye Gates; and Clevetta Patterson (Kermit).
We Love You Gloria.