BEVERLY,- Mrs. Gloria M. (Masterson) Richardson, 90, of Gloucester, passed away at Grosvenor Park Health Center following a decline in health.
Gloria was born July 4, 1927 in Detroit, Mich. She was the daughter of the late William and Kathleen (Haley) Masterson. Gloria grew up in and spent many happy years in Michigan until her retirement to Rockport in 1992. She was a graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied English and was the recipient of the prestigious Hopwood Award. Gloria went on to Northeastern University where she received her Master's degree in Writing.
One of Gloria's important and cherished works was her role as an educator. Her dedication as an English teacher and her passion for writing led to her work on curriculum reform and writing across the curriculum. Through teaching and advocacy, she left a positive imprint on the Mount Clemens High School community at large and on the countless students that sought her mentorship. From the start of her career until her retirement in 1991, her belief was to provide the best possible education for each and every student. Gloria, who considered herself a student first and a teacher second, believed "...If books are loved, teachers admired, time structured, and education valued, a good student and citizen will usually emerge from that place. If teachers can work alongside parents and continue to nourish that child, he will flourish."
Gloria enjoyed writing, reading, opera, walking the beach, trivia, gardening and spending time with her family and friends. Gloria attended and spoke at many conferences over the years that nurtured and shared her passion for writing. Gloria was a talented poet and belonged to many writing and poetry groups, including; the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, The Michigan Poetry Society, The Rockport Poetry Reading Group as well as the Cape Ann Poets Group which met at her home until 2012. She was honored with a major award in 2008 for her writing; "Sea Smoke." In 2010, twelve of her poems were published in the Anthology, "A Feast of Cape Ann Poets." Gloria's work has also been published in The Atlantic Review, The Detroit News Sunday Magazine, Inglis House Chapbook, Their Buoyant Bodies Respond, Women's Uncommon Prayers, The Peninsula, Anthologies of New England Writers, Touchstone and Mudfish.
Gloria's rich spiritual involvement was another important part of her life's work. She shared in this joyous journey as a member of the religious communities at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gloucester and the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. She loved attending and presenting at their forums as well as spending time with her friends from both communities.
Gloria is survived by her brother, Robert Masterson; her two sons, David Richardson and his wife Sue of Walpole, Tim Richardson and his wife, Susan of Beverly. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Eric, Brian and Julia Richardson, Jay and Sean Richardson, Allister MacLeod and Kate Bourbeau. She also leaves many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Gloria was predeceased by her sons, Kenneth and Donald Richardson and her brothers William and Tom Masterson.
Gloria's visiting hours will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St. Gloucester on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. Her memorial Service will be in St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. Gloucester, on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. Her interment will be in the Adelynrood Retreat Conference Center in Byfield in June 2018. For online register book and condolences please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Memorial contributions can be made on behalf of Gloria to the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, 46 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922.
Published on January 2, 2018