Age 97, of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Plymouth, MI, Loudon, TN and Detroit MI passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Chelsea, Michigan. Gloria was born January 23, 1924 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Edward Clark & Ida Therese (Thernes) Bailey. She graduated from Cooley Highschool and received her B.A. with a major in Psychology from Wayne State University where she also received her Teaching Certificate and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling. She devoted her career to teaching, specializing in remedial reading, in the Detroit Public Schools. On July 14, 1951 she married Maxwell Edward Hunt in Detroit, MI, and he preceded her in death on August 27, 2008.
While living in Detroit her community affiliations included Historical Memorial Society of Detroit, Wayne State Alumni Board, Detroit Federation of Women's Clubs, Beta Sigma Phi Fellowship, and the Michigan Sesquicentennial Committee. She was a Sunday School Teacher at Detroit’s Covenant Baptist Church.
Retiring in 1985, she and Maxwell moved to a mountain side home in Tellico Village in Loudon, TN. Here they enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, traveled extensively, and became an active member of the local community. Gloria was especially involved with the Community Church at Tellico Village. She returned to Michigan in 2010.
Gloria loved family, friends, God and country. Her boundless energy, love of country and willingness to always accept a challenge led to her joining many local and national organizations that focused on preserving our national heritage. She was most active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Gloria joined DAR in 1964 through the Louisa St. Clair Chapter, Detroit, MI, where she was a Chapter Regent (1971-1973) and 27th State Regent (1979-1982). At National level she was Vice President General (1982-1985). The highlight of her year was always attending each spring the National DAR Convention in Washington, DC. She was also Children of the American Revolution Senior State President (1984-1986). One of Gloria’s longest and most dedicated commitment was with the DAR Schools in Grant, Al. and Tamassee, SC. These schools have provided rural Appalachian communities with exceptional educational opportunities since the 1920s. She has been a Trustee and on number working committees from 1978 to 2007.
Membership in other patriotic organizations included: Colonial Dames of America; charter member, past officer, Elizabeth Patch Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century; National Officer and Chairman, Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century; Daughters of American Colonists; Daughters of Colonial Wars; United States Daughters of 1812.; Order of The Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America; Magna Charta Dames and Barons; Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Edward (Debra) Hunt of Durham, NC and Larry Dean Hunt of Chelsea, MI; granddaughters, Lauren Elyse (Frederick) Baylin of San Francisco, CA and Lindsay Erin Hunt of Durham, NC; many nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Lois Rae Hunt of Jackson, MI. She was preceded in death by her brother Edward Clark Bailey, Jr.
A private funeral will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. Burial will be at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation. Gloria was a long-time resident of Chelsea Retirement Community and greatly appreciated the care and love she received from her neighbors and the staff. Memorial gifts can be sent to: UMRC Foundation, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118 or online at https://umrc.com/umrc-foundation/.
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