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Gloria Dawn Whitney, 86, passed away March 28, 2017 at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont, FL. Born in Berwick, PA, Gloria graduated from Berwick High School. In 1951 she received her B.S. in Education from Bloomsburg State Teacher College where she met her future husband, James L. Whitney Jr., on the first day of school. They married on April 5, 1952 in the First Presbyterian Church of Berwick. James served in the Navy during the Koren War as a Flight Weather Forcaster. In 1959, Gloria earned her Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counciling at the Univerity of Florida. In 1960 their daughter, Tamara Alaine Whitney was born. In 1980 Gloria received her Doctoral degree in Education from Nova University. James received his Doctoral degree in 1979. Both Jim and Gloria worked at Brevard Community College Campuses.

Gloria and Jim traveled as often as they could and throughout their lives were able to visit the majority of the United States. After they retired, Gloria and Jim continued to travel both nationally and internationally. Gloria enjoyed playing music and painting. She learned to play piano as a young girl, and while both she and Jim played other instruments Gloria's favorite was the hammered dulcimer.

Gloria and her husband Jim retired to Madisonville, Tennessee and lived there many years. Gloria moved to the Clermont area two years ago from Sweetwater, Tennessee. Gloria is predeceased by her loving husband of 61 years, James Whitney Jr., and her parents, Clyde and Edith (Kile) Long. She is survived by her daughter, Tamara (John) Harris; two grandchildren, Thomas and Heather, and many other extended family and friends.

The beautiful services were conducted by a Presbyterian minister reading Psalm 23:4 and John 3:16 from Kings James bible
Hymns played on a hammered dulcimer were Wayfaring Stranger, (Jims favorite) and Abide with Me (This was also played at Gloria's mother and Grandmother's funerals.) Singing Memories from the musical Cats was Heather Harris who is Gloria's granddaughter. The service ended with the playing of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.