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Saturday we lost an angel, and Heaven gained another. Our loving mother, Gloria Marie Belliveau Avery was called home for her family reunion on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Born May 2 1936 in Springfield Mass, to Leonard and Mary Belliveau, Gloria enjoyed a blessed and full life. She grew up and lived in the small, tight-knit northern farming community of Somers Connecticut for over 50 years. Her nickname in high school was PeeWee because she was tiny, but her love of life and her spirited nature was anything but small.

She married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Raymond and over the following 10 years after they married, they were blessed with 6 healthy, active boys who for years kept her on a first name basis at the local emergency room.

Gloria cherished her family. She was a beautiful person in so many ways. Gloria's kind nature was to put others before her, always giving of herself, for each of her children. Raymond and Gloria worked hard to provide a loving home furnishing the boys with every opportunity to succeed. You could not ask for better parents! Their home, over the decades, was where you could find horses, dogs, cats and other pets lovingly cared for, all part of our large and happy family.

Gloria loved family and was often hosting large, extended family get togethers. Long after the last guest departed those reunions would often live on via the humorous stories and anecdotes that they produced becoming legendary in status, with names such as "5 gallon pool-party punch", "Uncle Richie's flaming awning", "Don't eat all the fermented fruit" and "Car surfing like Aunt Gertie".

Camping and traveling to motorcycle races in which the boys participated in was a top priority for years. Just a few years ago we recall a fond memory of Gloria, who at the time was nearly 80 years old, insisting on attending her grandsons local Hare Scramble. She prevailed on working her way through the mud and brush to get "a really good spot" to enjoy the race. It brought back many joyful and happy memories for her that day.

Because of her love of interior design, Gloria and Raymond founded and operated Avery Home Decorating, that for decades, beautified thousands of homes for happy clients over the years. In the late 90's Gloria and Ray retired to Florida and started a new hobby of taking in unwanted exotic birds, doting on them, giving them a new lease on life.
Gloria loved learning new things, evident in her pursuit of learning how to play the violin at the age of 70.

Even after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, Gloria and Raymond remained inseparable, devoted and affectionate, filling their days with humor and playfulness. You had to be on your toes or you would find yourself on the receiving end of a practical joke. They loved attending Devil Rays games, especially when their favorite team, The New York Yankees, were playing.
Day trips and traveling to visit family were top pursuits, especially her grandchildren of whom she encouraged to live up to their fullest potential and enjoy a full life.

On any given day, you could find Gloria reading her bible, taking in a radio sermon or listening to Christian music. She was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church. She loved her faith and lived it daily. One of her life long dreams was to visit Israel and that dream came true among many others involving traveling.

Gloria was a fan of the "Old Yankee Kitchen" radio program, and compiled years of handwritten notebooks chock full of recipes she transcribed from the show. She'd often test these recipes on her unsuspecting family, especially on Thanksgiving or Christmas, in return, creating an especially funny memory of some inedible creation.
Laughter and humor were a big part of Gloria's personality, especially her contagious and mischievous giggle. Even after suffering from Alzheimer's for the last few years, her infectious giggle and humor would entertain the caring Forest Oaks staff at her assisted living facility.

Gloria is survived by:
Her sons,
Edward Avery
Gregory Avery and his wife Debbie
Gary Avery and his wife Donna
Barry Avery and his wife Barbara
Kevin Avery and his wife Kristen
Darren Avery and his dog Freckles

Her 17 loving grandchildren whose photos adorned her walls, affectionately call her "Amma."

And her siblings and their families, Richard "Dicky" Belliveau and Joyce Crestia

Gloria requested a private burial and funeral at the convenience of her family. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Forest Oaks who made her last years happy and joyful. Instead of flowers, Gloria would prefer donations made to the charity of the givers choice in her name.
Funeral Arrangements made by Brewer and Sons Funeral Homes.
Condolences are accepted and encouraged online at http://tributes.com/gloriaavery
Gloria's earthly presence will be missed and forever etched into our souls. The happy memories she created with all of us would fill many volumes, and we will cherish them forever.
The family of Gloria Avery