Gloria M. Elleby of Newark, N.J., born on June 5, 1935, died on Feb. 12, 2017. Gloria, better known as "Ma", "Nannie", and "Aunt Ceenie" to her loved ones, was the oldest of four siblings. As the nurturer and the backbone of her family, Gloria was a loving and magnificent spirit who was the beloved daughter and sister in the Upchurch family. She graduated at the top of her high school class and went on to attend St. Augustine College in Raleigh, NC. It was while working her way through college, that she fell head over heels in love with her husband of 62 years, Herman Elleby Sr. They quickly married and moved to make New Jersey their home, where they'd live the rest of their days in love. Gloria was a natural caretaker and extremely dedicated to serving others. Her most loyal dedication was to her only son, Herman Jr., who she loved more than life itself. Gloria leaves to cherish her precious memory a number of fortunate individuals to have crossed her path. She is survived by her faithful husband, Herman Sr., of Newark, NJ.; her only son, Herman Jr. and his wife, Gail, of Baltimore, MD. She will be remembered by her grandchildren, Ms. Kirsten Elleby (New Orleans, LA), Mr. Trey Elleby and his wife, Regina, Mr. Travis Elleby (Baltimore, MD), and the newest great-grandson, Justin David Elleby. Gloria also leaves behind her siblings, Mr. William Upchurch (Dorothy) of Raleigh, NC, Ms. Bettie Upchurch and Ms. Launia Upchurch of Newark, NJ, along with a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones. Viewing will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 400 South 12th St., Newark, followed by a service at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, N.J. Condolences may be shared at perryfuneralhome.com .
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