Gloria Frances Scott White
Gloria Frances Scott White of The Woodlands, Texas, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, January 26, 2018 following a series of health challenges and declines. Gloria was the only daughter of Dewitt Talmadge Scott and Ethel Mae Quarl. She was born in New Orleans, LA on Mardi Gras Day, March 4, 1930. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers – Paul and Dewitt while serving in the US Navy during World War II, and Donald, her baby brother who died in 2017 – and her beloved husband, the Rev. E. Douglas White who died in 1990. Gloria is survived by daughter Laura and son Paul and his wife Kari and children Zachary, Molly Anne, and Meghan.
A force of nature, Gloria was a woman of diverse talents and experiences. She served in the United States Air Force at Ellington Air Force Base in the 1950s. This was followed by a long stint as the personal secretary to prominent New Orleans businessman and civic leader S. J. Besthoff, Jr. It was while in the employ of S. J. that Gloria met Doug in New Orleans. Following their marriage, Gloria and Doug moved to Cambridge, Mass. where Doug entered the Episcopal Divinity School, and, upon graduation, was ordained a priest. In 1967, Doug and Gloria and son Paul moved to Detroit, Michigan, where the family remained until 1981. In 1970, Gloria became mother to Laura, who has served her with devotion since.
It was during this time in Detroit that Gloria became converted to and a proponent of social justice. She served in a variety of roles with the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, capping these experiences as the co-creator of the diocese’s lay chaplaincy program at Pontiac General Hospital. Her experiences and success in lay ministry prompted Gloria’s involvement with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas when the family moved to The Woodlands in 1981.
Gloria’s stamp on the Episcopal Diocese of Texas had many facets: Daughters of the King member, Episcopal Church Women Board Member and Outreach Committee Chair, General Convention Delegate, Peace and Justice Interim Body of General Convention in 1997 and 2000, Episcopal Community Outreach Ministries member and later Outreach Coordinator, Episcopal Health Charities founding board member, EHC Grant Evaluation Committee, GEC Spirituality Chair, and Lay Ministry Coordinator for Trinity Episcopal Church. In addition to her commitment to her global and local church, Gloria served as a Stephen Ministry Trainer, member of Friends of Tamina, through the Combined Services Appeal of the Diocese of Michigan, and as co-leader of workshops focusing on mobilizing church volunteers at two of the Governor’s Volunteer Conferences held in Austin.
In all of the activities she engaged in, Gloria identified herself primarily as a wife and mother. In those roles she tried her very best to emulate the love of the Savior for those in her care. She stood equally yoked with Doug, and tried to provide the example and inspiration her children needed. In this she was most successful, and in this is found her legacy. Not only did her husband and children benefit from her love, but also countless friends and associates did as well. Gloria became “Momma Glo” and “Miss Gloria” to a veritable village of souls who were lifted up daily by her prayers, her thoughts, her approbation, and, at times as she saw fit, by her well-articulated calls to correction.
In her later years, Gloria struggled with a host of health issues. She spoke praises of her primary caregivers and especially her devoted Ya-Ya’s, as well as close friends and dutiful and attentive clergy far and wide who sustained her through their prayers, counsel, and concern.
Gloria’s commitment to service and the betterment of the human condition has not ended with her death. Her mortal remains were, at her request, donated to the University of Texas Medical School so that future physicians might better hone their craft. In lieu of a funeral, the family will host a memorial service and celebration of life at Trinity Episcopal Church, The Woodlands, Texas at 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018. A brief open reception will follow with a separate time of remembrance from family and very close friends afterwards.