Gloria Eileen Jones

Gloria Eileen Jones, 85, Altoona, died early Thursday morning at UPMC Altoona.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Jesse Howard and Elinda Beatrice (Henderson) McCormick. She married David A. Jones Jr. on Jan. 2, 1948, in Philadelphia, and he preceded her in death in 1994.

Surviving are four children: Baron L. and wife, Susan, of State College, Terry L. and best friend and companion, Joann Biddle, of Dysart, Holly A. Gorsuch and husband, Edward, of Altoona and Brian D. of Phoenixville; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie; and a brother, Jesse Jr.

Gloria was a graduate of Altoona High School and was formerly employed by Puritan Sportswear, Gable’s Department Store and G.C. Murphy. She was a member of Christ Community United Methodist Church, Altoona, Contact Altoona and the former Backroom Crafters group.

Gloria enjoyed sewing, crafts and painting.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Peter Raser officiating. Interment will be made at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Christ Community United Methodist Church, 5715 Roselawn Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.