Gloria B. (Jirel) Thoren

Born: Thu., Nov. 22, 1928
Died: Mon., Feb. 1, 2021

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12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 07, 2021
Location: Moseley Funeral & Cremation Service

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Gloria B. (Jirel) Thoren, 92, of Columbia, SC passed away in her home MondayFebruary 1, 2021. She was born in Columbia, November 22, 1928 to the late Dock and Maude (Cartledge) Jirel. She was youngest of 6 children. In her early years, Gloria had numerous jobs in Columbia including Switchboard Operator, Department Store Clerk, and Secretary. In 1951 she met University of South Carolina grad Robert Thoren of Elgin, IL. They married and moved to Elgin, IL and raised 2 children: Steven and David. While in Elgin, Gloria was active with the Follies, The Zonta Club and a member of Elgin Country Club. Professionally, she was office manager of a small oil company. She and Robert divorced in 1973 and she remained in Elgin for 8 more years until returning to her hometown of Columbia.  Upon her return, she became an Assistant Associate Judge, and she performed many marriages. While she retired in 1994, she continued to be a Justice of the Peace and kept performing marriages for many years. She was also a Process Server. Gloria had quite the sense of humor and wit. She loved to read, was a master bridge player, loved going to the beach and she played golf for many years. She attended the Masters Tournament countless times and always sat at the 15thhole. In her later years, she watched golf every weekend on TV. She was also an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears Fan. She was a 37-year resident of Middleborough Condos where everyone knew Glo. She was the Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy Champ amongst her cocktail-hour group. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Frank, Isabel, William, Gladys & Dock, also a great grandchild Lilly Rado. She is survived by her two sons: Steve (Maureen) of Elgin, IL and David (Marsha) of Belvidere, IL. Also, three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and countless friends. A special thanks to her niece Tammy who was her personal nurse and loving companion over the last year. A memorial gathering is scheduled at Moseley Funeral Home in West Columbia Sunday, February 7 from noon to 3:00. In leu of flowers, donations can be made to Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia. 


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Bernard Meng, Dennis Vibbert, Jerome F. Vibbwrt
   Posted Sat February 06, 2021
We thought of you in love today, but that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday and days before that, too. We think of you in silence, we often speak your name. Now all we have is memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake,

with which we will never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts.
We remember all the good times at the beach house as we remember you our special friend, our Glo!
Be at peace in the arms of the Great Judge forever!
Your Glo now helps to light the stars.

randy chaney
   Posted Sat February 06, 2021
to my dearest and oldest friends, steve an dave......... my deepest condolences to the passing of your mom. she was a fantastic lady, and mother. always treated me as if i was her own. she will surely be missed by many.

Lorri Chapman Belan
   Posted Sat February 06, 2021
My sincerest condolences to all of the family, May Gloria Rest In Peace.
Love and prayers to you all,

Lorri Chapman Belan

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