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The Life and Legacy of
Gloria Denise Grant
Gloria Denise Grant was born on May 6, 1962, to the late Henry and Etta Mae Grant, in Jersey City, NJ. She was the fourth of seven children, Lillian, Gwendolyn, Patricia, Arnold, William, and Steven. She was affectionately known as Glo. Gloria has 3 children Lawrence, CJ, and Sytayjah. She also has 3 grandchildren that she absolutely adored, Landon, Savannah, and Emori.
Gloria was educated in the Jersey City Public School system where she graduated from Whitney M. Young School (P.S.#15), Henry Snyder High School as well as completed various courses at NJCU, formerly Jersey City State College. Gloria also attended the Anthem Institute where she completed the program as a Medical Assistant.
At an early age Gloria accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Gloria was an active and faithful member devoting her time as a member of the Young Adult Choir, Junior Church as well as serving on the Nurses Unit. Gloria was also a phenomenal track runner on the track team during her high school years. Most times running the lead leg on her relay teams.
Throughout her life Gloria worked many jobs. Consumers, St. Clare’s Home for Children, and TJ Max just to name a few. However, she had a love and passion for children that solidified her life’s purpose. Her mission blossomed and was completed when she began working at A. Harry Moore Laboratory School. Gloria loved everything about the A. Harry Moore community! She loved the students endlessly and would share beautiful heartwarming stories with her family. She loved her co-workers and was committed to supporting each endeavor they set forth. She loved the faculty, staff, and entire school because they served as her second family. From the Halloween parades at NJCU to making crafts for every occasion she was blessed to find her second home. But there’s one thing she would rave endlessly about, the “Sunshine Club” they are heaven sent, they are truly God’s Angels walking on earth. She absolutely adored her A. Harry Moore School family. During her time there she served as a Union Representative and was a faithful worker for 22 years, up until she was too sick to work, July 2023. It was a toss, tussle and uphill battle convincing her not to work and to rest her body.
Gloria was an athlete that loved walking, bike riding, swimming, bowling, dancing, roller skating, and was determined to remain active despite the obstacle. Gloria loved arts and crafts, especially the crafts, and needed no excuse to put her creativity in motion at work or a family party.
During the early morning of November 12, 2023, in the arms of her sister and sister-in-love, God summoned Gloria to the heavenly arts and crafts gallery, and she understood the assignment and was ready for the job! Gloria was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Etta Grant, her niece Natalie Robinson and nephew Sean Jenkins.
Gloria leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memories: 2 sons Lawrence Grant and CJ Diggs, 1 daughter Sytayjah Grant, 1 grandson Landon, 2 granddaughters Savannah and Emori, 3 sisters Lillian Crawford (late Kenneth), Gwendolyn Grant, Patricia Robinson (Dwayne), 3 brothers Arnold Grant (Tamika), William Grant (Diane), and Steven Grant. 16 nieces and nephews Lakisha, Yolanda, Christopher, Quiana, Cheveron, Donovan, Candida, Alexis, Danielle, William Jr, Shonda, Damon, Desjourne, Chevonne, Monae, and Steven Jr. A very good friend Tracey Nimon and the entire A. Harry Moore Community and a host of aunts, uncles, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.
Gloria’s love for her family and children will never be forgotten and always be a beacon of light.