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Blum, Gloria Sheila (Ginsberg)

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September 15, 1937 - October 27, 2017

Blum, Gloria Sheila (Ginsberg)

With great sadness we announce the passing of Gloria (née Ginsberg) Blum of Philadelphia and North Dallas, Texas, on October 27, 2017 at 80 years of age.

Gloria was born in Mount Kisco, New York and lived briefly in Brewster, New York with her parents and grandparents.  She grew up in Lower Merion Township, a Philadelphia suburb. 

She studied fashion design at the Moore Institute of Art.  She worked as a designer for several Philadelphia firms that produced women’s apparel.

Gloria married Ted Blum, an electrical engineer from Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1961. They had 3 sons in Philadelphia and relocated to Dallas, Texas in 1972, so Ted could work for Texas Instruments on high security  projects. Gloria reestablished her fashion design career in Dallas, while also raising their family.

She was very active in the Boy Scouts.  All three sons became Eagle Scouts and Gloria remained involved for years after, serving as a District level Scouter, and host and organizer for an annual visit by Israeli Scouts.  She received the Silver Beaver Award for her extraordinary dedication and years of service to the Boy Scouts.  

Gloria was also active in North Dallas Jewish life and was a dedicated member and donor to Temple Nishmat Am.  She loved to travel, having visited China and much of Europe. She visited much of the United States by car through Gee-Gee Pekingese, her multi-grand champion Pekingese AKC breeding and showing kennel. She was loved and admired by breeders and dog show people across the country.

She cared greatly for her many local and childhood friends and enjoyed entertaining them at her home.

Gloria is survived by her husband ,Ted; their 3 sons, Marc and wife, Orsula, Philip and wife, Marcia Levetown, and Ira; her brother and sister in law, Paul and Ronni Ginsberg, of Stamford, Connecticut. She also leaves 5 grandchildren, Alex & Lila Blum, and Andrew, Robbie & Zachary Blum as well as 4 first cousins.

She received hospice care, allowing her to remain at home in comfort in her final weeks. At death, she was at peace, surrounded by her family and her beloved pet dog “Mouse”.  The family is grateful to Teina Peters and Angela Roberts who provided loving care to her and Teddy.

A Graveside Service will be Sunday, October 29 at 12:00 noon, at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park with beloved Rabbi Yitzak Cohen officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be directed to Congregation Nishmat Am of Plano, Texas. 

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Susan Shephard

November 19, 2017 10:24PM

Dear Ted and family, I was so saddened to hear of Gloria's passing. She was always a bigger than life character. Who will ever forget Gloria on her scooter, towing a dolly for of Pekingese while dinging her bell for people to get out of the way. Godspeed Gloria.

Richard Caldwell President DFWTDC

November 01, 2017 10:01AM

The Dallas-Fort Worth Toy Dog Club is sorry to lose one of its valued members. Gloria will always be in our thoughts.

ron parker

October 31, 2017 1:33PM

your old floor man from the 1980s,very dismayed to hear of your loss Ted. may your days be easy. regards, RON PARKER

Marvin & Cyvia Noble

October 30, 2017 8:09AM

We join with many others whose lives were positively touched by Gloria over many years. She was a fine teacher of good character and life values. May she be remembered for blessing.

Gerry Attaway

October 29, 2017 9:18PM

So many fond memories with our beloved Pekes. Will miss you too Ted,always therefor us. May you rest in peace my dear and spend eternity over the rainbow bridge with your Pekes. Sincere sympathy to all of the Blum family.

Annette Gersh

October 29, 2017 4:44PM

I was so sorry to learn of Gloria's passing. Although we were out of touch for many years, Gloria impacted on my life and my memories of her are filled with affection.