Gloria Lucille Perry Taylor was born in New York City at Harlem Hospital on December 21, 1934, as the only beloved daughter of the Late Rev. Dr. John Hillel Perry, DD, and the Late Rose Blackman Perry. Two of her brothers preceded her in death, Dan in infancy, and the Late John Jr. (Mamie) a few years ago.
Gloria was educated in the New York City Public School System and graduated from Julia Richman High School. As a child, Gloria enjoyed and excelled at playing the piano and participated in numerous recitals. She also sang in the junior choir at her father’s church in Harlem, New York. Gloria often spoke fondly of many childhood friendships including Olive Bramble, Gerri Mitchell, and Helen Brodie.
Following high school graduation, Gloria matriculated at Howard University in Washington D.C., earning her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1956, and was an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She settled with her family in the suburbs of Washington D.C., earned a master's degree in Teacher Education at the University of Maryland, and taught for the Prince Georges County School System for 27 years. Gloria also consulted in Teacher Professional Development at Howard University, the University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Maryland. Her beloved husband, Donald Taylor, proceeded her in death, and from their union are the surviving adult children: Timothy of Washington D.C.; twins Cheryl Davis (Michael deceased) and Shelton of Washington, D.C.; Darryl (Tanya) of Washington, D.C., and David (Rev. Dr. Donna) of Fredericksburg, VA. Gloria was especially close to her surviving brother, Charles Carlton Perry (Annette) of Leesburg, VA; her grandchildren, Alphonso, Shante, Evan, Shelton, Jr., Garfield III, and Whitney-Lyn; Great grandchildren, Sakia, Sanaa, LG, and Skylar; the children of John Perry Jr. (Mamie) - Paula Perry and John H. Perry III; the children of Charles Perry (Annette) - Dr. Laura Clark, Stephanie Richardson, and Charles Perry Jr. (Anna); her cousin and adopted sister, Shirley Blackman Brown, and her children - Lorraine Brown, Karen Brown Harrington, Gregory Brown; Troy Perry, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Gloria embodied a life of service to God, her family, and her community as evident through her dedication, commitment, and triumphant spirit.