LOS ANGELES — Loretta Glover, 70, formerly of Coolidge, died on Sept. 7, 2020.
Ms. Glover was born on Sept. 12, 1949, the second oldest with 13 siblings, and was a daughter of Philander W. Glover and Bernice Bell of Coolidge. She moved to Sacramento, California, to live with relatives during her teenage years and attended Grant High School through 11th grade. The pull of family brought her back to complete her senior year at Coolidge High School. She worked at Arizona Training Program at Coolidge. She made local headlines as the first person of color hired at the Randolph Educational Building.
She later worked for the Levi Strauss & Co. plant in Coolidge and then at the Pinal County Courthouse. Seeking greater opportunity, she moved to Southern California to work. She eventually worked for the city of Los Angeles for 33 years before retiring. She was devoted to her family.
She was preceded in death by her eldest son, William L. Hendrix; her eldest brother, Eugene Rushing; and her younger brother, James Steward. She is survived by a son and daughter, George E. Smith Jr. and Tanisha DeBaca; seven sisters, Kim Glover, Mary White, Nadine Glass, Freda Jordan, Dorene Davis, Lena Ayers and Evata Williams; six brothers, Patrick Glover, Darrell and Hubert Jordan, Larry Bell, Curtis and Dewayne Jordan; and three granddaughters.
Heritage Coolidge Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.