Gloria Jean "Thompson" Hull, 65, passed away August 16, 2012, at Salem Hospital after bravely battling a combination of illnesses, surrounded by the love of family and friends. She was born August 31, 1946, to Don and Lavonne (Cassman) Coleman in Vancouver, Wash. Gloria, with her Mom and sister Donna, moved to Central Point to live with her Mom's parents until 1950 when her Mom met, and married Wayne Thompson, who adopted the girls. They moved to Gold Hill a year later, a little brother Bill was born, so they moved to Central Point.
She grew up in Central Point, Ore. and graduated from Crater High School in 1964. After graduation, she started work for Pacific NW Bell Telephone Company. She retired after 32 years where she held various positions from operator to business office supervisor.
Gloria was a generous, loving person. She was a skilled craftsperson, excelling at crochet, she gave freely of her work from bookmarks to Afghans. Almost all were given to family, friends, and charities. There were twelve of her baby blankets that were given to a mission in Africa. She contributed to food drives, back-to-school drives, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids and other charitable events. She enjoyed traveling in her motorhome, with their cat Missy, coast to coast, stopping on the way to many different places including Nashville, Tenn. to visit Graceland Mansion, which goes along with her large collection of Elvis Presley. She saw Niagra Falls, football museums, the Florida Keys, and had lobster in Main. She enjoyed riding backseat on motorcycles, cooking, pro football (San Francisco 49ers), enjoyed her pets (especially cats), and being with family and friends. She loved people, and those that got to know her loved her. She never sought recognition for her acts of kindness, she just wanted to give and help.
She is survived by her husband, David, of 44 years, living in Salem; her son, Gregory in Moscow, Idaho; her daughter, Lauri and her partner Brad Steece, along with Brad's son Gabe in Eugene, Ore., grandchildren, Emily and Anya Walker of Sandy, Ore., mother, Lavonne Thompson; sister, Donna (husband Chuck) Hanson of Central Point; and her brother, Bill Thompson of Wasilla, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Thompson.
Gloria was an outstanding person, with all the life in her anyone could ask for, and she will be greatly missed, but her memories will be with everyone who knew and loved her.
There will be an Open House Celebration of Life for Gloria, Sunday, August 26, 2012, at their home, 4377 Murdock Ct., NE Salem, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a Memorial service officiated by Pastor Mark Burton at Medford Friends Church, 525 DeBarr, Medford, Friday, Sept., 7, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local Humane Society or Medford Friends Church.