Gloria A. Oliver

Born: Thu., Sep. 3, 1931
Died: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018


10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 03, 2018
Location: Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Mar. 03, 2018
Location: Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church

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 Gloria Ann Metcalfe Momon Oliver was born in Allison, PA to Henry D Metcalfe and Lela Browder Metcalfe on September 3, 1931. The family later moved to Thornton Road in Redstone Township. There she attended West Point grade school and graduated from Redstone High School in 1949. Her musical interest started at an early age and she began taking piano lessons. She also learned to play the trumpet and became a member of the junior high and high school marching band.

Her desire after high school was to attend cosmetology school, but she was unable to enroll due to age restrictions. She was only 17. So she sought employment and became a caregiver for the Aronson family, which developed into a lifetime friendship. In 1951 she was able to achieve her goal and complete the program at the Elle Rene School of Cosmetology where she became a licensed beautician. She enjoyed “doing hair” for many years. She also worked as a clerk typist at the Fayette County Courthouse in Uniontown, PA. She was one of only 3 minority females hired there. Her last job before retiring was at Columbia Gas also in Uniontown.

Gloria began her Christian walk at the age of 9 when she was baptized at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Sunday School, the YWBA, the Chrysanthemum Club and other activities in the church. She also became a regular pianist for the Young Peoples Choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Smock, PA. Anyone who knew Gloria, knew how much she loved the Lord.

Gloria was introduced to Edward Momon at a ball game by her dear friend Nina Mae Settles. They later wed in 1952. From that union, 4 children were born: Edward, Brian, Maxine and Maureen. After 36 years of marriage, Gloria became a widow. She later met and married James Oliver in 1986. Together they raised Jamie and Chavone. That union lasted 24 years until James’ death.

Gloria enjoyed many activities throughout her life. She was a member of both the NAACP and Order of the Eastern Star. She also enjoyed playing softball in her younger years. Gloria’s favorite hobbies were singing and playing the piano, both of which she did extremely well. Her passion for music blossomed into many other opportunities, which allowed her to do what she loved most. This passion inspired the formation of the Gospelites with her best friend, Pearl Martin. The Gospelites were one of the most requested gospel groups in the area and could easily pack a church when performing. Gloria’s favorite song was “This Morning When I Rose”. She was the regular pianist for several choirs at the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. She also was the pianist for the United Community Choir for a remarkable 36 years. And it certainly would not be unusual for her to be called out of the congregation at any church to do an impromptu solo- and she would do so, happily.

Gloria loved everything about her family! To her there was something special about each and every one of them.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her son Brian, and both husbands. She leaves to mourn her children Edward Momon Jr., Jersey City, NJ; Maxine Momon, Carlisle, PA; Maureen Henderson (John), Pittsburgh, PA; Jamie Oliver (Kim), Tyrone, PA; Deborah Hartman Neufville, Teaneck, NJ; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Gloria’s faith kept her strong for 86 years. She conquered many of life’s challenges, including being a long-time cancer survivor. Gloria feared nothing and prayed about everything. She will always be the beloved matriarch of our family and a genuine friend to everyone who knew her.

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St. Paul's AME Church
   Posted Wed February 28, 2018
To the Family of Gloria A.Oliver;

There isn’t any way to prepare for the loss of a family member. Suddenly, the loved one you had always turned to is gone. In the quiet moments when the hurt is hard to bear, may love become your shelter and may the beauty of memories become your comfort.

You have the condolences of the members of St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church as you make your way through this passage. It won’t be easy, but you can rely on the support of all your friends and church family. May you be filled with faith and hope even in the midst of inescapable grief, and find comfort in and with each other. Gloria will be missed by everyone.

Words cannot adequately express our sympathy, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Gloria must have been a remarkable person. Just look around at her family and friends that are here to celebrate her life and her Home Going Service.

“Don't weep at my grave, for I am not there, 
I've a date with a butterfly to dance in the air.
I'll be singing in the sunshine, wild and free, 
Playing tag with the wind, while I'm waiting for thee.”

In His Service Always,

Rev. Alfred L. Thompson
And The Members of St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church

   Posted Fri March 02, 2018
Maureen & Family - I always loved Mr. & Mrs "O" Your Mom is in Gods
Kingdom now and she will do very well there. Memories and thoughts
of her will sometimes make you sad but just look up because she will
be looking down smiling upon you.

Frank R.

Charles James
   Posted Fri March 02, 2018
I never had the pleasure of meeting you mother. After reading her lifetime journey of personal acheivments. She had a full life it seems. Having lost my Mother I join you in sympathy.


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