REEDVILLE—On Thursday, September 16, 2021, Gloria Lamar Green (née Garcia), passed away unexpectedly at the age of 73.
Gloria was born on May 13, 1948, in San Diego, Texas, to Luis Felipe Garcia Sr. and Sarita Garcia. Her parents were cattle ranchers and she grew up in the ranching lifestyle. She attended school in San Diego, Texas, and was a very athletic child. She learned how to twirl a baton as a child and became an accomplished majorette in high school. Gloria traveled extensively displaying her talents and was a performer at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.
Gloria attended Mary Harden Baylor College in Belton, Texas, where she earned a bachelor’s in education and met her husband, Army First Lieutenant David G. Green. Dave was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and the two married on April 14, 1968, after a six-month courtship. Dave was deployed shortly after the wedding to Vietnam and assigned to A 2/4 Artillery, 9th Infantry Division.
Dave returned from Vietnam in June 1969 and the couple settled in Arlington. Gloria started her career as a physical education teacher with the Fairfax County Public School System, and Dave continued his career as an officer with the Arlington County Police Department.
Gloria continued her education while working full time as a teacher. She obtained her master’s in education from George Mason University and became the director of student activities at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield. Gloria loved sports and the countless students she influenced throughout her career. Upon retirement in 2002, the Fairfax County School Board dedicated the Robert E. Lee High School Gymnasium to her as recognition of her 32 years of outstanding service as a teacher, coach and director of student activities.
After retirement, Gloria moved to Reedville, where she enjoyed her passion for boating, fishing and water views. Gloria and Dave were avid travelers and RVers having camped in all 48 contiguous states.
Gloria was a devout Catholic and an exceptionally giving person. She loved her family deeply and prided herself on always looking after her children, grandchildren, and great grandson. Gloria was doing what she loved, visiting Great Wolf Lodge, in Williamsburg with her granddaughter, grandson-in-law, and great grandson when she unexpectedly passed away from cardiac arrest.
Gloria is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Marie Lamar Robinson (Jeff); son, David G. Green Jr., (Karina); son, Michael Gordon Green (Michelle); seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, at Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church, 154 East Church Street, Kilmarnock. A reception will follow the interment at the American Legion, 39 School Street, Reedville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ACPD Police Friends and Family Fund – https://acpd-fff.square.site.
Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.