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Gloria Yvonne (Matheny) Sessums, 55, of Hamilton, Michigan.


Surrounded by friends and family, Gloria passed away at the Hospice House of Holland on Sunday, February 21, 2010.


Gloria was born October 18, 1954 to proud parents Gloria Faye and Elvis Matheny in Paris, Tennessee. Graduated from Howell High School and attended Michigan Christian College (Rochester Hills College) and Oklahoma Christian University.


Gloria married Mark Sessums on May 29, 1976. She loved being a mother and enjoyed working at JoAnn Fabrics, Country Inn, Kirlin’s Hallmark, Van Heusen, Party America, H&R Block and most recently at Advanced Auto.


During Gloria’s 27 month battle with breast cancer, she never lost her sense of humor, or concern for others.


She is preceded in death by her mother, Gloria Faye Matheny, and her father-in-law, Henry Allen Sessums.


Survived by her husband, Mark Sessums, four children, Amber & Tim Mazeikis of Holland, MI, Amy & Josh Hayes of Mountain View, CA, Brooke Sessums of Holland, Brett Sessums of Hamilton, four grandchildren: Jeremiah, Timberlyn, & Fiona Mazeikis, and Alexander Bay. Brother, David and Diane Matheny, father, Elvis and Joann Matheny, mother-in-law, Beulah Sessums, and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Gloria was a member of Lakeshore Church of Christ. She enjoyed history, antiques, genealogy, travel, movies, music, line dancing, bird watching, and reading.


Gloria has donated her body to MedCure and the American Cancer Society to be used for research and education.


Memorial contributions can be made to Camp Bluebird (bluebirdmi.org).


A memorial will be held at a later time, please contact amazeikis@yahoo.com for further information.


A special thank you to Debbie, MaryAnn, and Dr. Batts at Cancer and Hematology Center and Ann, Londa, and the staff at Hospice House.

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