Samuel, Gloria, - 104, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday morning February 12, 2018, in her home in Egg Harbor City, NJ. Gloria Samuel was born on September 19, 1913. Her parents were James and Nettie Byrd Samuel. She was born on her parent's farm in Florence, South Carolina. This is where Gloria remained until she was two months short of her 24th birthday. Gloria loss her mother around the age of three. She was one of nine children. Her father remarried the woman that would become the only mother that she knew, loved and remembered, Bessie Clemon Samuel. With this union, came the true definition of combined families! James had nine children, five boys and four girls. Bessie had four boys and four girls. They had two children together, a grand total of nineteen! They were immediately family. They all loved and cherished each other as siblings. Gloria and her family belonged to Hopewell Baptist Church, in Florence. All predeceased her in death. Gloria received the Lord around the age of twelve and often talked of how they would go to church in a two horse drawn wagon, and how she was baptized in the River. Most of Gloria's immediate family is buried on the grounds of Hopewell Baptist. She attended Wilson High School. Gloria was always a child blessed with a giving heart. She embraced everyone, never passing any negative judgment, just a warm embrace, huge heart and a smile that is bright enough to light up any room. When Gloria was twenty three years old, with her brother Willie's encouragement, she relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to be with some of her older siblings and for more opportunities. This began a whole new chapter in Gloria's life, which lasted in the city of Philadelphia for over 35 years. She worked for a two term Congressman who later became Judge of Common Pleas Court. Gloria immediately joined New Bethlehem Baptist Church, located on the corner of Preston and Ashton, where Reverend Scott was the Pastor. She remained there as a faithful member until she relocated to Pleasantville, New Jersey. Gloria spent her free time in Pleasantville, NJ visiting with her niece, Celesta Brooks and her husband. During those visits, she would attend Mount Zion Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Ellington. She always enjoyed attending the service there because it reminded her so much of her home church in Florence, SC. Every time she would visit, Celesta would encourage her to move to Pleasantville and become a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. This is exactly what she did and remained a faithful member up to her passing. She always considered the move to Pleasantville, the very blessing that entitled her to all the blessings she received to the very end from all her children of Mount Zion Baptist Church which include the former Pastor Winfred J. Sanders and First Lady Garnetta Sanders who served for 27 years. Gloria attributes her long life to her heavenly Father who kept her from day to day. She has never married, or given birth to any children, but has been abundantly blessed by God with Generations of Children. Gloria held the title of Church Mother at Mount Zion Baptist Church where she has been a member for over forty years. She has served on the Usher Board, Pastor's Aid Committee and as a dedicated Deaconess for many years. She also holds the title of Prayer Warrior. She is survived by her nieces, Claudette Cyrus, Gloria Gary, Ruth Jackson and nephews Roger Clemons, Theodore Cossom and David Washington, along with a host of cousins, great and great great nieces and nephews, friends and extended family members whom she loved and treasured. Family and Friends are invited to attend the viewing on Saturday February 17th from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Pleasantville, NJ located at 353 So. New Road, with Funeral Services immediately following at 10:00 AM. Internment: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Professional Services entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home 414 South Main Street, Pleasantville, NJ 08232 (609)383-9994

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Alice Powell-Brown

Aunt "Scoop" was a wonderful lady that made me feel very welcomed when I got to meet her. I am so thankful for our conversation that was warm and personable and her smile was infectious. My heart is smiling because she had a piece of it.

Alice Brown

Rita Harris

What a beautiful woman of God!! I am surely going to miss our conversations and the special times we spent together each day! Gone from site but always carried in my heart! We love and thank God for you! What a precious gift! Missed dearly! Your baby, Rita. #shining star, #woman of God, #mom Samuel, #Great Grand mom, #Queen Mother

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