Gloria Jean Blackman

July 12, 1948 - September 13, 2021


Obituary For Gloria Jean Blackman

Gloria Jean Blackman, long-time resident of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 13, 2021, at the QEII Hospital at the age of 73 years.

Gloria was born July 12, 1948, in Melfort, SK. She was raised on the family farm by her loving parents Alma and Isabel Galloway. Gloria was the baby of the family and the only girl, having two older brothers Gerry and Calvin. As a young girl, Gloria enjoyed baking, gardening, and sewing with her mom. She also never missed an opportunity to tag along with her older brother Gerry.

Gloria met her husband Gerald Blackman while working at the mall in Melfort. They were married in 1970 and started their life together in Grande Prairie AB. Gloria worked in the accounting department at the QEII Hospital. On her days off you could find her watching the Edmonton Oilers play hockey, snowmobiling, camping, or hosting friends at their house for a friendly game of cards.

Gloria and Gerald adopted two children, a daughter and a son in 1979 and 1983, Briana and Brett. They lived in Beaverlodge, AB, for a short time from 1980-1983 but then moved to Dawson Creek, BC, where she raised her children and worked as a Notary assistant. She never felt like BC was home, and so her and Gerald returned to Grande Prairie and started a new venture and opened Blackmans Butcher Shop in 1996. Here they ran a successful business for many years, working their way up from just the two of them to having many staff. Together they provided quality meats to Grande Prairie residents and surrounding areas. You would usually find Gloria at the till or in the office and she was always more than happy to give advice on how to cook the perfect Prime Rib roast. After 15 years of hard work, they sold the shop and retired.

During retirement, Gloria and her husband enjoyed time at their lake property in Saskatchewan, they also wintered in Florida for many years at their home in Crystal Beach. Here Gloria made many new but lifelong friends, she always enjoyed being surrounded by her friends, and both the lake and Florida were the perfect place for so many to come and visit.

Gloria was diagnosed with kidney failure during her later years but that never dampened her spirit or her positive outlook on life. She lived each day to the fullest and now with time at home, rekindled her love of gardening and birdwatching in her oasis of a backyard. She also took up quilting with friends and knitting blankets for those she loved. Gloria was a devoted grandmother and was so very proud of her grandchildren. She will be missed by many who enjoyed visiting her and having coffee or playing online bingo. Gloria was an amazing listener, secret holder and friend, and although she was a very quiet gentle soul, I know that if the Edmonton Oilers score, without a doubt, we’ll be able to hear her holler from the heavens. We love you Gloria, Mom, Grandma, and dear friend.

Gloria will be sadly missed by her husband Gerald Blackman; daughter Briana (Chris); son Brett; grandchildren Connor and Kassandra; brother; Gerry Galloway; as well as many dear lifelong friends.

Gloria was predeceased by her parents Alma and Isabel Galloway, as well as brother Calvin Galloway

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 2:00 pm at People’s Church in Grande Prairie (11850 108 St.) A live stream of the service will be available on the People’s Church website.



13 Sep

Celebration of Life

02:00 PM

Peoples Church 11850 108 St Grande Prairie, AB T8V 8G5 Get Directions »
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  • 11/23/2021

    So saddened to hear of Gloria's passing Gerry. Our condolences to you and all your family. Our thoughts are with you. Rick and Karlene Gibson

  • 10/19/2021

    Deepest condolences to Gerry and family. Just learned of Gloria's passing. Will always remember Gerry and Gloria as some of the best, hospitable, and generous neighbours to have in Grande Prairie. Catch up with you later, neighbour. - Mark Czyz (Chez) and Family

  • 09/30/2021

    Gloria, those special memories of you will always bring a big smile. If only we could see you one more time for just a little while. Then we could sit, talk and laugh again, just like we used to do. You always meant so very much to us, and always will too. The fact that you are no longer here, will always cause us pain but you are forever in our heart, until we meet again!! Our heartfelt condolences, deepest symphaties and unending love to dear Gerry, Briana, Chris and Christopher! Erick, Veronique, Denzel and Liam from Mexico

  • 09/29/2021

    Sorry about the loss of Gloria, she was a good person, always made a person feel welcome in her home. Yes she will be missed and hopefully there is a better place up there for her! Gloria will not be forgotten! Sherry & Darcy Grykuliak

  • 09/27/2021

    My sincere condolences Gerry and family. So sorry and sad to know of Gloria's passing. Hugs, Liz Rutherford

  • 09/25/2021

    Our condolences to you Gerry and family. Bill and Darlene Commet

  • 09/24/2021

    Sorry to hear of your loss, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to your family at this difficult time from the Management & Staff at Blackman's Butcher Shop

  • 09/23/2021

    I always enjoyed seeing you both at my place of work and at your business. You were both a breath of fresh air. Take care. Pam

  • 09/23/2021

    Our deepest condolences to Gerry and family.. a great lady

  • 09/23/2021

    Our Deepest condolences to you and your family. Lloyd and Sandra Friedel

  • 09/23/2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family & friends. Gloria will be missed by everyone who knew her - Gloria & Gerry were a very special couple in our lives. We have spent many great times with them at their home at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan and visit them at their home in Grande Prairie. They welcomed us with open arms as if we were there own family. We were so happy when they stopped by for a visit at our home in Camrose a few years ago💕 Thank you for everything you shared with us- great friendship - wonderful conversations and delicious meals & drinks 💕🙏 Rest in Peace Gloria 💕🙏 Till we all meet again. Walt & Mary Guest

  • 09/22/2021

    So very sorry for your loss Gerry and family, Gloria was a wonderful lady. We had some fun times as business neighbors. Joyce from The Licence Centre

  • 09/22/2021

    Jerriy. I'm lost wit you. Sorry

  • 09/22/2021

    The most heavenly soul I ever had the privilege of be in company with. She always smiled and enjoyed every minute of life. She will be dearly missed. May you Rest In Peace auntie Gloria.

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