Gloria Jean Dukes

June 3, 1954 - August 12, 2009

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Services:

 

A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM at St. Mark U.A.M.E. Church, Valley Lee, MD with Dr. Rev. Rudy Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD.

Visitation:

  The family will receive friends on Monday, August 17, 2009 from 10:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM at St. Mark U.A.M.E. Church, 45685 Happyland Road, Valley Lee, MD.
 

After running that old race she can say “It’s finally over and I’ve won!” Gloria Jean (Jordan) Dukes was called home to be with her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ early Wednesday morning, August 12, 2009. Gloria lived to serve the Lord after accepting Our Lord & Savior into her life more than twenty years ago. She walked, talked, and lived for the Lord during her brief time here on earth. She attended the Redeemer Grace Church located at 37105 Dixon Lion Road, Mechanicsville, MD, with Pastor Kenneth Parker Jr. and First Lady Lorraine Parker. Gloria’s duties at church included correspondent secretary (8 years), missionary (9 years), Sunday school teacher (7 years) and a part-time bus driver. Gloria was born to her parents Jeremiah J. Jordan, Sr. and Mauline E. (Briscoe) Jordan on June 3, 1954 in Leonardtown, MD. Gloria had a mighty big heart that kept on giving and giving. Gloria spent her free time surrounded by her family and good friends. You could always hear her big heartfelt laugh when she heard a joke or if she was telling one of her stories. Gloria could always be found with her cousin and sidekick Geraldine Travers, and eventually they invited Grace Milburn into their “Two person club” and called themselves “The Three G’s.” What a trio they were. Gloria’s past time was spent reading, cooking, sewing, writing poetry, singing and listening to gospel music. Gloria was so creative and it showed in her craft, she always strived for excellence. Gloria received her early education at St. Peter Calver Catholic School, located in Ridge, MD and she graduated from Great Mills High School in Great Mills, MD in June of 1972. She started a trade of designing and making her own unique clothing by stitching them by hand, even though she had a top of the line sewing machine. She had a special gift to engage in conversation with all that she met, because she never met a stranger. She loved people and found a job that offered her the opportunity to use her most valuable skill, TALKING. Gloria worked for many years at the Paul Hall Training Center also known as HLSS in Piney Point, MD. Her Last place of employment was at Walmart, in California, MD, as the head associate of the ladies department until her early retirement in 2005. Gloria leaves to mourn her mother Mauline E. Jordan of Drayden, MD, her five children, Tammy A. Jordan, Clifford Dukes and Frederick Dukes, Jr., all of California, MD, Anthony Dickens, Jr.,  of Lexington Park, MD and her baby boy Claude Dukes, of Great Mills, MD. She has ten grandchildren, Denise Henderson (Shawn), Francis S. Miles, Jr., La’Nee Johnson, Kanesia Dickens, Jocelyn Dickens, Shaness Dickens, Destiny Copsey, Anthony Dickens III, Kyson Dukes and Connor Coyne. She has two great grandchildren, Latavia and Shawn Henderson, Jr., Twelve siblings, Mary E. Wooten (John), Jeremiah Jordan, Jr. (Sharon), Theresa A. Miles, Doris M. Chew, Thomas A. Jordan, Karen D. Jordan, Sharon D. Drew (James), Delores M. Jordan, Paul R. Jordan (Robin), Charles H. Jordan, Sr., David A. Jordan, Sr. (Karen), and Brian A. Jordan ( Marjorie), and two special cousins, Jo-Ann Travers Nunley and Pamela Briscoe Herbert. In addition to her father Jeremiah J. Jordan, Sr., Gloria was preceded in death by her granddaughter Destiny Jean Burrough Dukes, three young brothers Patrick, Lloyd, and Roger Jordan, two nephews John “Fats” and Marlo “Vonny” Butler. Gloria you are gone, but you’ll never be forgotten. Gloria’s Going Home Services will be held at St. Marks UAME Church located on Happy Land Road in Valley Lee, MD, on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 11:00AM, viewing for the public will be between 10:00 and 11:00AM. Pallbearers will be her brothers Jeremiah “Jerry” J. Jordan, Jr., Thomas “Tommy” A. Jordan, Paul “Bobby” R. Jordan, Charles “Charlie” H. Jordan, Sr., David A. Jordan, Sr., and Brian “Tony” A. Jordan. Honorary Pallbearers will be her nephews Richard A. Jordan, Sr., Shawn A. Miles, Sr., J. Lionel Wooten, Craig D. Miles, Thomas A. Jordan, Thomas J. Jordan, DeAngelo Jordan, David A. Jordan, Sr., Charles H. Jordan, Jr., Terrell Drew and her best friend Geraldine M. Travers.

Guestbook Signatures and Condolences

"My condolences too Anthony and his family I am so sorry for your loss I did not know Gloria but she is the grandmother too me and anthonys daughter destiny. I will tell destiny about you everyday rest in peace, Gloria,Anthony and family if you need anything let me know."
- amy n destiny copsey
- Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009

"I never knew Cliffor that Gloria was your mom. After all these years of you hanging out with Daren, Detrick and the rest of the gang. I am sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very special woman and she will be sorely missed. But, I do know she was proud of her children. Keep her smiling in heaven by doing well. God will take good care of her and of you. Love you."
- Diana Lopez
- Posted: Friday, August 28, 2009

"My sincere sympathy to all the family for the loss of your loved one. I knew Gloria and worked with her at the SHLSS in Piney Point many years ago. Gloria was such a beautiful person to be around, always had a smile for everyone and willing to learn. She was very thoughtful and kind, she and I had many laughs together. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. May God Bleass each and everyone of you at this diffiuclt time. I am late with this response as I also have been sick. God Bless and keep you in his care. "
- Betty Smith Piney Point
- Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"Dukes/Jordan Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. Remember Gloria is smiling down on us and wondering why so many sad tears. She is in heaven with no more pain or sorrow. Remember the good times you had with her and you will smile. Lean on the Lord for your strength. Trust him to help you make it through this difficult time. Pray everyday and he will give you the strength to continue on with your life. God Bless, The Edison Family "
- Linda Frost (Edison)
- Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family..."
- Melissa (Missy) Curtis
- Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"My Condolences and prayers to the family. Gloria used to babysit me when I was little girl. I remember her smile every morning when she would open the door before school. May she Rest in Peace as she now has her wings to watch over us all. "
- Lynn Barnes
- Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009

"To the Dukes/Jordan Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers and have my deepest sympathy. Trust in the Lord!"
- Doris Stewart (Day)
- Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009

"May the Love of God comfort your hearts and mind in the time of sorrow. We will always remember Sis. Dukes beautiful smile and positive words of encouragement that she gave to my husband and I. God bless and Rest in Peace."
- Antwan & Meka Butler
- Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009

"TO THE JORDAN & DUKES FAMILY: YOU HAVE OUR SYMPATHY IN THE LOST OF YOUR LOVE ONE. "CHEERISH ALL THE GOOD MEMORIES &" TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME" LOVE, MICHAEL, CATHY & CIERA YOUNG "
- CATHERINE YOUNG(JORDAN)
- Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009

"Sharon Drew, Dukes and Jordan Families, my prayers and heart felt sympathy goes out to all, may Jesus love see you all through this trying time. God Bless, Elvetrice (Peaches) Brice"
- Elvetrice Brice
- Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009

"Tony, Anthony and the Dukes and Jordan family. You are in my thoughts and prayers! My deepest sympathy. Julie "
- Julie Slade
- Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009

"My Condolences and prayers are with the Duke Family, I met Gloria when we worked at Ames Department Store and she was always the same every time I seen her, a very sweet person that I will always remember. Rest in Peace My Sister in Christ. "
- Juanita Sewell
- Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009

"To the Family: I worked many years ago with Gloria at Ames in Lexington Park. I always enjoyed her smile and laughter. Over the years I would see her from time to time and her smile always made me smile and she always had an encouraging word for me. I will truly miss her. May the wonderful memories you have help bring you comfort and peace. "
- Phyllis Smith
- Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009

"To the Dukes and Jordan Family: I send my condolences to each of you. May God bless you and give you the strength during this time of sorrow."
- Julia Fawehinmi
- Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009

"I am sorry for your loss. Gloria and I worked in the fitting room at Walmart. I will miss her smile and laughter."
- Debbie Sovern
- Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009

"To The Dukes-Jordan Family, May The Lord Comfort you all in this time of sorrow. To Gloria's mother, sisters and brothers, you all are in our prayers, God Bless you all."
- Gary Maddox & Family (Lithonia,Ga.)
- Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2009

"Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. "Tom/Mary Goddard Family""
- Linda Goddard Stone
- Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2009

"Gloria was a wonderful passionate woman. I have strongly believed that God is waiting to receive her to eternity as a faithful servant. May the good Lord grant you the fortitude to bear the loss. "
- Chidi Ezeakolam
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"To my extended family We all loved Gloria very much, But God loved her more and she will suffer nomore. Love you all."
- Teresa (Maddox) Keels
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"Anthony, Tony and all the family of MS Dukes, my sincere sympathy on your loss and hope all the good memories help to ease your pain. Will keep your family in my prayers. Sincerely Joan "
- joan Thompson
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"We were sad to hear of your loss. Gloria was a loveable person and had such a beautiful smile. Cherish the time you had with her and May God continue to bless you all. "
- May and Irene Gross
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"Daddy(Cliff), my thoughts and prayers are with you..."
- Kyson Dukes
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. Please know that Miss Gloria meant a great deal to us over the years. May God Bless you and know that she is with her father in heaven. Love Tammy and Annie "
- Annie Turner
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"May the Lord's hands of compassion and love and his guiding light from above shine down upon you and give your family strength during this time of sorrow. May you find comfort in knowing that we share in your loss. "
- Beverly Dyson
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"To the Dukes and Jordan Family: We are sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers and God is with you every step of the way."
- James & Barbara & Lolita Kelly
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"My condolences go out to the family and especially the children. Stay strong and keep the faith. God will take care of you."
- Marsha A Blackwell
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"To Gloria's family, we were so surprised to hear of Gloria's Passing. She was such a strong loving person. We can't imagine how much you will miss her. You have our sympathy."
- Wayne and Joyce Blackwell
- Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

"Cliff, We are so sad to learn of the loss of your mother. I am sure she left you and your family with many beautiful, precious memories. Deepest sympathy to you all."
- Carol and Eugene
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"May you rest in peace."
- Zelma Somerville
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"To the family of Gloria. I send my condolences to each one of you. I'am sorry for your loss and you all are in my prayers. May god bless you all."
- Alma "Elaine" Somerville
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you "
- Agnes and Tim Bennett
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Anthony & Family, I am sorry for your loss. My condolences and prayers are with the entire family."
- Robert & Christine Harris
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"We are all thinking of you during this painful time. Words are not sufficient, but ears are there for listening. My deepest sympathies on your loss. May God bless the Duke & Jordan Family."
- Cynthia Dyson & Family
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Sorry to hear about Gloria. I worked with her at Walmart for a few years and we became friends and we talk alot about our families. She was a really nice lady and will be missed by all that knew her RIP GLORIA."
- kathie dutton
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Claude, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time in your life. It has only been a short time since I walked in your shoes with my mom."
- Nettie Hall
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"To The Duke Family, May "GOD" bless each one of you on the loss of someone very special to you all. Know that she is in a better place now and is watching over you all. "
- The Butler Family ( Norris Rd.)
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"To Gloria's family, and especially Clifford and Claude - may God bless you at this most difficult time. I pray that He wraps His loving arms around you and comforts you during your time of sorrow. Your mom was a truly wonderful woman and she will be sorely missed..."
- Peggy Thompson
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"To Tammy, Clifford ,Claude Fred and the Jordan family, Praying that our Lord will give you a sense of His loving presence and His calming peace for each tomorrow . May you be comforted knowing that we deeply care and sorrow with you. With heartfelt sympathy. "
- Jesse and Mary Hansley
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

""To the Dukes and Jordan family:may the joy of the Lord be your strength during this time of sorrow. You are in my prayers. Gloria was a woman who knew the Lord and loved the Lord.she was a friend to all that knew her.GodBless..." "
- fran thomas
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

""Family" I send my prayers and condolences to you all on the passing of "Dear Gloria". I'm reminded of my younger years and being at "Grema Marnette's" and going down the street to "Gloria's" house if my sisters and myself needed a sitter while Grema went to work and we were at her home during the summer. I can also remember Gloria being our driver to church weather it was Grema's van or the blue station wagon, all of us kids were piled in together. Gloria was always so sweet, kind, and loving. I will remember her gentle spirit. I'm happy to have gotten a chance to speak with her at the Family Reunion Dinner. I would of never thought that would be my last time given her a hug and kiss. To Fred, Cliff, Claude, Denise and other family members and friends be reminded of her love for you all and those she touched along the way. Gloria will be missed. You are in my prayers and may the comfort of the Lord be with you all. "
- Chantini Queen-Somerville
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"May the Love of God, The Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ and the Sweet Communion of the Holy Spirit bring you encouragement of comfort and peace... to you the family...Peace & Love Always. "
- Johnnie & Lillie Brooks Sr.
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"To the Jordan and Dukes family.I'am so sorry to hear of your loss.Gloria was my best friend at Esperanza and Great Mills high school.I last talked to her about 6 months ago on the phone. I will miss her.You all are in my prayers and have my deepest sympathy."
- Florine(Taylor) Brown
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"To the Dukes and Jordan Family: May the love you share as a family be your strength, please know that there are many friends who share in your sorrow and are only a shoulder away. Even, in her pain, Gloria always had a smile and a word of encouragement for others. God Bless..."
- Terry Cutchember
- Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

"My condolences and prayers are with the entire Duke family. Ms Gloria Rest in Peace, Love Ticia Matthew 5:4 Blessed {are} they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."
- Leticia Burnett
- Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009