Gloria Dean (White) Dudley

November 9, 1949 ~ July 2, 2021 (age 71)


Gloria Dudley passed away July 2, 2021. 


Gloria Dean White was born to Benjamin White and Lola Mae  (Marsalles)  White on November 9, 1949, in Holly Knowles, Mississippi.  She was raised and educated in the area, graduating from East High. Later in life, she would continue her education at Des Moines Area Community College where she would receive her Associates degree.

Following her primary education Gloria worked as a nanny in     Memphis, Tennessee, and after moving to Des Moines she  worked as a mail sorter for Reese Associates.

On March 12, 1983, Edward Carl Dudley and Gloria Dean White were united in marriage in Des Moines, Iowa. Together, the two would make their home in Des Moines to raise their family. In July of 1985, Edward passed away.

 Gloria was a member of Mt. Olive, under the leadership of Rev. Fields. She was also a member of Mt. Hebron. She enjoyed playing spades, reading books and working puzzles. She was a fantastic cook and always had a full meal on the table; her chicken and dressing, potatoes and spaghetti  were always a hit. She loved watching old westerns and was known as the neighborhood mom. She had  adopted children and grandchildren from Memphis to Des Moines. While she was a fair mom, she would correct you if you were wrong!

On July 2, 2021, Gloria transitioned from time into eternity. Gloria is preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Lola White; husband Edward Dudley; siblings, Barbara Sloan, Ernest White and Florence White.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Joyce (Robert) James, Angela (Clifton) Mickens Bolden, Lo Chere Lynn White Dudley and a bonus son Anthony Carl Dudley; siblings, Benjamin White Jr., Irene White Tate, Berniece White 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.

*CDC guidelines will be followed with masks required for individuals who have not been fully vaccinated.  Social Distancing will be strongly encouraged.


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July 9, 2021

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home
3500 6th Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50313

Celebration of Life
July 10, 2021

2:00 PM
Corinthian Baptist Church
814 School Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

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