KILMARNOCK—Gloria Gertrude Heard King passed away on November 12, 2020, at the age of 95 in her home. She was a native of Washington, D.C.
Gloria worked at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland during World War II while her late husband Richard M. King served in the Navy. When Gloria’s husband retired in 1972, they moved to Kilmarnock, where she resided until her passing.
Gloria was a member of Morattico Baptist Church and later attended New Life Church. She enjoyed attending the Women’s Alive monthly meetings, she volunteered at Rappahanock General Hospital, and she enjoyed playing bridge at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club and at the White Stone Woman’s Club.
Gloria loved caring for her children and would often say she wished she would live to see all her grandchildren and that they would really know her. One of the grandchildren remarked that he thought that she would live to see her great-grandchildren; by the grace of God and his goodness, she lived to see them.
Gloria also said that the abiding passion of her life was her late husband, Richard (Dick); her children, Carol, Rick, Cheryl, Donna, their families, and her faith in Jesus!
Gloria was the daughter of the late Bernard F. Heard Sr. and Sadie G. Heard.
She is survived by her children, Carol Seymour (Thomas), Richard Jr. (Pam), Cheryl Ashe (Les) and Donna Shepler (Richard); nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Donald King (Helen) and their family and the family members of her two late brothers Frank Bernard Heard Jr. and William Ewell Heard.
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. April 5 at Morattico Baptist Church, Kilmarnock.
Donations may be made to Morattico Baptist Church, Bon Secours Rappahanock General Hospital or your favorite charity.
Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.