GLORIA LOUISE DAVITT
was born in Scranton, PA the daughter of the late Louis and Frances (Arasimowicz) D’Amico. She attended Technical High School in Scranton, PA.
She married the late William (Bill) Henry Davitt in 1957 and they moved to the Washington, DC area for her husband’s Navy career. They were married for over 60 years and blessed with four children, Christine Marie married to Edwin Hostetter of Baltimore, MD, William Louis married to Jackie Horton of Annapolis, MD, Lynne Davitt married to Robert Chiswell of Gaithersburg, MD, and Stephen James of Bowie, MD. The next delight in her life were granddaughters Jenifer Chiswell McGlone (Ryan) of Damascus, MD, and Holly Chiswell Bell (Brett) of Monterey, CA. In her last years Gloria thoroughly enjoyed moments with her great grandchildren Ryan McGlone, Jr. and Chloe McGlone.
She was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Ann (D’Amico) Davis and D. Diane (D’Amico) Faatz of Scranton Pennsylvania. There are many nieces and nephews.
While living in Bowie, MD, Gloria was an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. Gloria also led Girls Scout Troops, participated in the Bowie/Belair Baby Sitters Club and was active in her children’s PTA’s during their elementary school years. Gloria also worked at a medical practice in Bowie rising from receptionist to Office Manager before her retirement in 1988.
On moving to The Tradition at Pawleys Island in 1997 she became a member of Tradition
Club at Willbrook Plantation. Gloria was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, serving in various positions including president of their Women’s Club. She organized many social events and helped build the parish from a one room chapel to a large welcoming church for all. She was devoted to the Bible, joining study groups and reading extensively. She was also a Eucharistic Minister bringing the body of Christ and word of God to those in need.
Gloria volunteered across the local area at Georgetown hospital and health drives to assist others in their health management. Gloria also volunteered at Brookgreen Gardens visitor center in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina spreading a welcoming message to visitors to the area. She enjoyed neighborhood parties, played mahjong with friends for fun, and was always a cheerleader for her Bill’s golf adventures.
Gloria always found the humor in each day, was quick to acknowledge people and share her warmth. She enjoyed travel by cruise ship to many places in the world, a cross country road trip to see the wonders of each state and the travel to visit family and friends. She was always there to help anyone needing an extra hand. She showed all of us how to love God, family, and to reach out to make a difference.
“Don’t cry because I died;
Smile because I lived.
Know that I am in a happy place.
Know that we will meet again.
I will see you there.”