Gladys Anna O’Rourke, 97, born May 12, 1921, in New York City, died peacefully Sept. 3, 2018, in Fullerton, Calif.
Glady, as she was called, grew up in Los Angeles, the oldest of four siblings. She worked for the Red Cross during World War II and then as a traveling salesperson for Myacord.
She moved to Alameda in the 1960s, where she worked as an office manager for a land development company that was instrumental in the development of Bay Farm Island where she resided for more than 50 years.
Glady was active in the Red Cross, the Soroptimists, Alameda Girls Club and Meals on Wheels.
As a devout Catholic, she loved her church, St. Albert’s Church, and attended Mass every day — except Sunday. On Sundays she stayed in her pajamas, read the newspaper and watched sports on TV. She loved Oakland A’s baseball.
Glady was a great cook and had a gift for hospitality; everyone was welcome at her table.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom and John O’Rourke, and two sisters-in-law, Jeanne and Carole O’Rourke.
Glady leaves behind a sister, Pat O’Brand, brother-in-law, Jack O’Brand, plus 12 nieces and nephews and their spouses, children and grandchildren who will never forget her.