Gloria Burgess, 89, closed her eyes to her earthly home and opened them to a glories homecoming to her heavenly home on Friday, March 17, 2017, at her son’s home in El Paso, surrounded by her loving family. Gloria was a lifelong resident of Presidio County.
Rosary will be today, Thursday, March 23 at 7pm at Santa Teresa Catholic Church in Presidio, with Father Mike Alcuino. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 24 at 10am at the church, also officiated by Father Mike celebrating Mass. Burial will be in Desert Hills Cemetery.
Those serving as pallbearers are William Burgess, Oscar Cardiel, Carlos Nieto, Junie Herrera, Bob Loustaunau and Fred Herrera III.
Gloria was born on April 16, 1927 in Shafter to Federico Herrera and Elfida Fuentes. She grew up in Shafter, enjoying the beauty and nature of Presidio County as well as the surrounding areas of Big Bend National Park. Gloria was a graduate of Presidio High School.
As a young girl, Gloria enjoyed riding donkeys with her sister in the countryside and laughing with her. During her teen years, Gloria loved helping her Grandfather at the families’ meat marker Herrera’s in Presidio. Upon graduating from high school, she worked as a telephone operator in Presidio.
Gloria later went to work for several local department stores, until she found the enjoyment and satisfaction of working for Liz Fashions store in Presidio for 29 years, as well as working for MB’s Supermarket later in life.
Gloria was known for her ease in conversation and her love of the outdoors. She enjoyed spending time with the family and friends during cookouts and dances while on the family ranch in Shafter. Her love of Lawrence Welk and Mariachi music will forever live in the hearts of her family and friends. Gloria loved to dance and anyone who didn’t know how to dance, she would be very happy to teach them.
Gloria met and married the love of her life, George W. Burgess, on May 26, 1948 in Marfa.
Gloria and George raised their two dear children George Jr. and Beverly.
A woman of faith, and the heart of the Burgess family, Gloria shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example, and through various Catholic prayer groups, by serving as communion server and various activities. With a zest for life, Gloria loved to share the great outdoors with her family and friends.
Those that precede Gloria in death are: her husband George Burgess, Sr., her parents Federico and Elfida Herrera.
Those left to honor and cherish the wonderful memories of Gloria are her son, George W. Burgess Jr. and wife Gloria of El Paso; her daughter, Beverly B. Carrasco and husband Armando of Presidio; her sister, Margie Loustaunau of El Paso; her brother, Fred Herrera and wife Oralia of Andrews; also four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Our prayers and sincere condolences to you and you family.
Mr. & Mrs. Pedro HerreraSan Antonio, TX