Gloria Jean Buchanan
Aug 9, 1948 – Sep 1, 2016
Gloria Jean was born to the parents of Samella Patrick and Eddie Patrick in Cougar, Mississippi on August 9, 1948. Gloria moved to Seattle with her parents as a baby and grew up in the Yesler Terrace before her parents planted their roots in the family home on 33rd and Alder. Gloria was a true local girl and attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Washington Middle School and Garfield High School. After graduating Garfield High School she attended Petersen Business College where she attained trade school certification to further her career path.
She met her wonderful soul mate James Buchanan at a house party in 1966. James saw her across the room and instantly knew this lady was special! Gloria and James dated for 7 years before getting married October 19th, 1973. From that union came two beautiful daughters Promise and Premeria.
Gloria was beautiful both inside and out and was most comfortable at home on her porch. Gloria’s beauty transcended all aspects of her life and everyone that had the pleasure of truly knowing her benefited from her compassionate nature. In addition, Gloria was an avid gardener who loved nature and becoming one with God’s earth. Gloria truly valued every single minute of the day and she never missed an opportunity to express how thankful she was to be alive. Gloria made it clear to whoever was listening that she was a believer and sometimes would randomly blurt out “Thank you Jesus!” Gloria always put God and her family first. She loved the simple things in life and took nothing for granted. Gloria was known for depositing her tidbits of wisdom via her favorite sayings: “live your life”; “get the receipt”; “carry the torch”. Another favorite saying was “you’ve got to take time to stop and smell the roses”; roses, ironically are her favorite flower.
Gloria was a woman of great faith, believed and accepted Jesus into her life at an early age. As a young girl she was raised in the Evangelistic Center Church of God on the corner of MLK and Jackson with her family. Those great values which were instilled in her as a young girl carried through to the end of her life. Even though she didn’t attend church regularly, she preached and practiced the principles of Jesus to everyone she encountered.
Gloria was a true nurturer and it started with her being the eldest of six siblings which she was responsible for caring for. It then extended to her two natural both children and stretched beyond to the community children. Affectionately known to many as “Mrs. B” or “Glo”. True to her nickname, her loving spirit glowed throughout.
Gloria was known to spend a buck. Shopping was a past time and she had three of everything. Need a comforter, she got it. Need a vacuum, she got it. Need a pot and pan set, she got that too! Gloria’s generous spirit was so giving that she wanted to ensure she could help any and all in need and would meet them where they were in order to get the assistance necessary!
Glo never shied away from working, and maintained a plethora of positions with prominent companies across the region. She worked with a range of organization from Boeing, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the City of Seattle and Todd Shipyard. But without question, her most important role was being a stay at home wife and mother to her devoted husband and best friend James and their children. She had the privilege of retiring in 2006, as her husband could afford for her to turn her energies inward toward the family which was her most important responsibility.
Gloria loved her family immensely, and would do anything to support them. She found joy in seeing the family thrive, succeed, and grow. As a wife, she was a staunch supporter of her husband, and their partnership flourished because they shared common core values which were forged around family, honesty, integrity, and genuine love. They were true soulmates and friends; plus Gloria laughed at all James jokes, she was his #1 fan! As a mother, Gloria was generous, patient, loving, and always gave the best advice. She never raised her voice at her children, supported whatever endeavors her girls wanted to pursue, and always ensured her girls could come to her to talk about anything. She was their protector; top flight security, and no one messed with her babies! As a grandmother, she found great pride in watching the values in which she deposited in her daughter carried onto her grandson. She always told her daughters to “create a legacy and pass on the torch”. She did just that, by ensuring she was present at the birth of her first grandchild in Atlanta, GA; one of her proudest moments.
Mrs. Gloria J. Buchanan departed this earthly life and went to be with her heavenly father on September 1st at 8:24pm in the company of her loved ones. She is preceded in death by her parents Samella Patrick and Eddie Patrick, father-in-law Lee Buchanan, her sister Linda M. Banks, her sister Carol J. Brown, her niece Christine A. Jones and her nephew M.C. Evans. She is survived to celebrate her wonderful legacy by her husband James E. Buchanan, mother-in-law Mattie Buchanan, daughter Tamara Promise (Buchanan) Jones, son Brandon Jones, grandson Langston Jones, daughter Kerren Premeria Buchanan and siblings Sherry Evans, John Patrick and Paul Patrick, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and two special friends – Carol Dawson and Jean Williams.
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