Gloria J. Nunes
Gloria J. Nunes
  • April 13, 1926 - February 28, 2017
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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Gloria Nunes was born in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. She was the youngest daughter of 6 children and grew up in a town where her parents, Leandro Juan & Jacinta Acacio, maintained, cultivated, and perfected the fine art of husbandry and agriculture in their family farm. Their hard work made them one of the more successful businesses in town and family life was cherished. Memories of riding the family carabao, planting grapes for their father's wine, running through fields of newly harvested crops, were often shared with the family and their children. Through a mutual acquaintance, Gloria, 21, married Venancio Nunes in 1947. They were married for 62 years, before her husband passed away in 2009.

She was commissioned as a Salvation Army Officer, with THE KING'S MESSENGERS Session, in 1948. Her Salvation Army appointments began in Hawaii at Camp Homelani, Honolulu Family Services, Hawaii Divisional Headquarters, followed by Corps appointments in Hanapepe , Honokaa, Kona, Hilo Temple, and Phoenix Temple. Her last appointment was at the Men's Social Service Center, concluding over 30 years of ministry, with the rank of Brigadier.

Brigadier Gloria was known for her sweet and gentle spirit, joyful laughter, loving smile, encouragement, and compassion for those in need. She loved taking care of infant babies, and would babysit them at home so their mothers would be able to work. She had a special ability to organize Home League women's groups and at one time, led 5 Home League Groups in Ookala, Kohala, Paauilo, Kona, from her Corps Appointment in Honokaa.

Gloria had many memories, in which time and age quickly stole away, but her faith was unwavering and her witness unshakeable. Her last prayer, a week before her Promotion to Glory was for her family: "Jesus bless the family, give them long lives to do what You want each one to do..."

She is survived by her sons Majors Ben and Marti Nunes(R), and Bill Nunes, her 3 grandchildren, Rev. Kealani and her husband LTC R. Tyler Willbanks, Ben III and his wife, Kimberly Nunes, Christopher and his wife, Michelle Nunes, and 10 great-grandchildren Malia, Marissa, Justin, Hannah, Kiersten, Heather, Madison, Donovan, Nolan and Jackson.