Gloria Annette PereiraJanuary 1, 1939 ~ June 1, 2017 (age 78)
Gloria Annette Pereira, a long-time resident of the Myrtle Beach area, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 1st. She was born on January 1st, 1939 in her parents charming home. Armand Boucher and Irene Moffett of Central Falls Rhode Island rang in the new year by welcoming their 2nd child and Rhode Island's first newborn of the year.
She spent her early childhood years living on the Navy base while her father worked as an engineer, giving her the opportunity to make many friends from all over the country. Gloria had early aspirations to join the Navy, but because it was uncommon for women to join in the 50’s her dream did not become a reality. She married at age 19 to her childhood best friend William Cole, and in 1960 she gave birth to her only child, Donna Cole.
Most of her adult years were spent in Rhode Island where she worked as a welder for Texas Instruments. Her marriage to William ended in 1968, and she worked hard as a single mother. She recalled that those years were challenging but were also the most fulfilling. She was very proud to provide for her daughter and always put Donna first. Donna was the light of her life; they were inseparable, it was them against the world.
Gloria eventually remarried in 1977 to the love of her life, Donald Pereira. Together, Gloria and Donald had many great years of marriage. They both enjoyed dogs, fast cars, good food, family, and being near the ocean. Gloria and Donald relocated to Myrtle Beach in 1998 where they spent many years enjoying the coastal life and warm weather. Some of their favorite times were spent down at the state pier enjoying ice cream cones while gazing at the water, people watching and soaking in the sunshine. Another favorite past time they shared together was going to happy hour to share good food, drinks and enjoying each others company.
Gloria spent her later years practicing Tai Chi and Qigong where she cultivated many strong friendships and developed a great skill in an ancient practice. In addition to Tai Chi, she was also part of a close-knit group of friends where they would plan a number of events together, such as literary luncheons and going to the theater. Gloria was a very caring person, she loved her family, friends, her dog Reggie and overall she loved her life.
Gloria’s family will hold a private memorial to celebrate her life where they can reflect and share memories together. No public service will be provided, however; if you would like to share your condolences, we request donations be made to GirlsWhoCode.com in her memory. Gloria was very invested in the advancement of education for young girls and “Girls Who Code” is an organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.
Gloria is survived by husband Donald Pereira, daughter Donna Cole, step-son David Pereira and wife Tricia Pereira, granddaughter Lauren Pereira and wife Kelly Pereira, grandson Jonathan Pereira and wife Megan Pereira, and three great-grandchildren, Emerson, Landon and Camden Pereira.