Gloria Helen Linstead, 87, died June 5. She was born in Chicago, Ill., to Herbert and Helen Haggh. She and her husband, Robert, moved to Phoenix in 1962 to escape the cold Chicago winters. She attended Glendale Community and graduated from Grand Canyon University in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in music.
Mrs. Linstead was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; her husband of 60 years, Robert; and her grandson, Logan Rafeedie. Left to honor Mrs. Linstead are her two daughters, Nancy Linstead and Lois Dalton; her husband, Larry; her grandchildren, Janan Palmer and Devin Rafeedie; six great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
She will long be remembered for her kind heart, love for others, piano teaching, secretarial work and being a special “Solar Drive” mom to many neighborhood children. A memorial service will be planned later in the year.