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GLORIA ANNE PULLIAM (nee Gayou)

Peacefully and "having fought the good fight" on February 7, 2015.

Survived by her sons Michael, of Kansas City, MO; Thomas, of Glendale, MO; and Christopher (Katie) of St. Louis County, MO; and daughter Sally Kellogg (Keith) of Des Peres, MO. Preceded in death by her beloved and adoring husband of 55 years, Harvey, daughter Patricia Ann, brother Edward, and sister-in-law Audrey. Loving, proud, and cherished "Grammy" of Andrew, Margaret, Annie, and James Pulliam, Caroline, Sarah, Tim, and Matt Pulliam, and Nicholas and Ryan Kellogg. She was a loved and treasured aunt and cousin, a good neighbor, and a great friend to many.

Gloria was born in May, 1925 in St. Louis, the second child of her parents George and Anne Gayou. Her older brother, Ed, was a wonderful brother with whom she shared many, many happy times growing up and throughout their lives. She attended Nerinx Hall High School where she continued to develop her love of writing and music. She graduated in 1943 and then continued her education at Maryville University, where she majored in English and Psychology and graduated with honors in 1947. Gloria went to work for D'Arcy Advertising Agency after college. She met Harvey while at Maryville and they were married in 1953. Soon thereafter, she turned down an opportunity to work in the dawn of television advertising to devote her time and attention to her greatest passion – her family, which she happily and unceasingly pursued for the rest of her life. Gloria loved being a wife and mother, and cherished her time with her family.

She was a devout Catholic, a proud member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish for nearly 75 years, a frequent visitor and volunteer to the Carmelite Monastery, and held a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, which provided her a source of great comfort and strength throughout her life. Her hobbies included music and singing, gardening, reading, volunteering, and playing bridge with her friends. She always appreciated the opportunity to travel, which began at a young age when she and her family would take day trips throughout Missouri on the weekends. She often mentioned how truly blessed she was having wonderful friends from all parts of her life. Their company always brought her such joy and happiness.

She had a tremendous compassion for the less fortunate, a humble nature, a love of laughter, a generous spirit, and a true recognition of her life's blessings. Her life, well lived, is her legacy which will continue to provide a shining example to her family and friends. Without a doubt it can be said of her, "She left the world a little bit better than when she arrived." She will be greatly missed by all of the people whose lives she touched.

The family would like to thank Gloria's physicians and the staffs at Sunrise Assisted Living in Clayton and Mari de Villa for taking good care of Gloria.

Services: The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 15, 2015 in the Great Hall of AMBRUSTER Chapel, 6633 Clayton Rd. (Clayton) from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, February 16, 2015 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7148 Forsyth Blvd (University City). Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to the St. Louis chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.