September 13, 1959 ~ July 11, 2020


Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

September 13, 1959 – July 11, 2020

Gloria Staples Miller (Lawrenceville, GA) passed away peacefully in the arms of her husband, Philip Miller, in the early hours of Saturday, July 11, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Louise Virginia Staples and Russell George Staples. She is survived by her husband, Philip Miller; son, James Martinez (josh); aunts Margaret Staples and Myrt Payne; cousins, Roxanne Sherman (Michael) and Larry Staples (Susan); and beloved cats: Stoli, Taffy, Vel, and Sugar Bear. Gloria’s spirit was infectious and her loyalty to her friends and family was unparalleled. She had a love for music and took any chance she could to enjoy a concert. In her free time, Gloria ran over 40 marathons and looked forward to her tradition of running the Peachtree Road Race each year in honor of her father. She was also an avid supporter of PFLAG and the LGBTQ+ community. Gloria’s happy place was Brooklin, Maine. She visited as often as possible and cherished her time spent while visiting family. As her health declined, she was no longer able to visit, yet often talked of retiring and moving to Maine. Her wish was to have her ashes poured from Mountain Dew bottles off of the Blue Hill Falls Bridge as the tide heads out to sea. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Gloria to PFLAG Atlanta (pflagatl.org.) A private memorial service will be held later in the year.

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  1. CandleImagePhillip, James, and Josh, extended family, I am so sorry for you loss. (Our loss) Gloria was kind and loving. I truly loved those she cared about. I will miss her post of her beloved cats. I pray as you adjust to life without Gloria that you be comforted.

  2. CandleImagePhilip, James, and Josh,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Gloria adored each of you. I will cherish my memories of her visits to Maine, and my memories of our trip to GA when I was 5. Sending you all lots of love.

    • Thank you so much . Gloria and I loved coming to Maine. Our last trip to Brooklin, Me. was in
      2017. She truly loved coming to visit everyone.
      I will miss Gloria for the rest of my life, and Love ❤️ her for the rest of my life.
      Philip A. Miller

  3. Phillip, James & Josh, my heart hurts for each of you. I just wanted you to know that Gloria was loved by many. Ever time I hear Queen, or see a Stephen King Book, I will remember her sweet soul & kind heart. I’m glad our friendship stood the test of time. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  4. Philip, Josh & family,
    We are all so sad over the loss of your precious Gloria. She will forever hold a special place in our hearts as well.

    • CandleImageGloria and I have always enjoy spending time with you and Terry. She loved you both very much.
      Gloria and I had a great time this past New Year’s Eve 2019.
      I will miss my sweetie Gloria for the rest of my life.

      • Dear Philip, Tim and I were so sorry to hear about Gloria. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Please know that we will always be here for you.

  5. CandleImageDear Philip, James & Family
    I am so saddened about the loss of my dear friend, Gloria. She was such a sweet and loving spirit. Her friendship is something that I’ll always treasure. She will be loved and missed always. Goodbye sweet girl.

  6. Dear Philip, James, Josh and Family,
    I am so saddened by the loss of Gloria. She was such a sweet and loving spirit. What a beautiful lady! She will forever be loved and her memory cherished. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry that she is gone.

  7. CandleImageI met Gloria in the early 2000’s at PFLAG Atlanta. I quickly realized that she had a profound and wonderful love for James. She was very involved in the group and enjoyed all of the fun activities including the annual parade with her son. We lost contact over the years but reconnected several years ago through Face Book. We became nail salon buddies. I would pick Gloria up and the two of us would chat about our families on the way to get our nails done. Gloria’s love for James was very special. She also had a profound love for Phillip who especially took over the care of her as her health declined. She told me of the special care he gave her especially when he went to the store to buy crab legs for her Sugarbear. Gloria loved her Phillip more than he could every realize.

    Phillip, James and Josh, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that the three of you were always on her mind and that she loved you very, very much. I will miss Gloria, too.

    Phillip, thank you for phoning me frequently and keeping me up to date about Gloria. I so appreciate you.

  8. CandleImageGloria, my dearest friend. I miss you. Without you, I am empty. You and I were supposed to grow old together and have many more adventures. Alas, that will not be. Thank you for always being my buddy. Forever, loving you—Joann

  9. I am so missing my work & “too peopley” buddy. So great inside & out. Thanks for being there for me when I needed. The Blue Hill Falls pic will forever be on my desk. Love you Gloria! You will be missed by many. Gone way too soon.

    • CandleImageCrystal thank you so much for helping me with Gloria. Gloria talk to me about how she enjoyed working with you.
      I loved my sweetie Gloria with all my heart ❤️

  10. CandleImagePhillip, though we didn’t see each our often, I kept up with you through Tim and Mary. Was sadden to hear about Gloria, praying for you to have strenght to carry on during this time of saddness. You can always get in touch any time if there is anything we can do. Take care.

  11. Extremely saddened to hear this news. We have know Phillip for a lot of years and were able to get together with him and Gloria a few times. She seemed to be a very genuine and fun loving person, and they gave us good advice on visiting Maine. Sounds like a very appropriate tribute you have planned.
    We hold you all up in prayer for grace and healing.

    • CandleImageThank you so much Diane and Gary. Gloria and I talk often about the great time we had at your Super Bowl party at your .
      I will miss my sweet sweet Gloria for the rest of my life.

  12. CandleImageToday is my birthday And I miss my sweet wife Gloria so much.l love you so much it hurts .sweet dream my love . I miss you for ever.
    I love you Gloria.

  13. CandleImageHello sweetheart it’s almost thanksgiving 2020. I miss you so much it hurts.Tomorrow will be hard with you not here at the table for thanksgiving. I want to thank you for allowing me to be in you life for 27 years and my wife for 15 years. I miss you so much.I love you for ever sweetheart . I will miss you for ever.
    Sweet dreams my love.
    Love you Philip A. Miller

  14. CandleImageToday is Thanksgiving and is not here to set at the table to enjoy her favorite meal of the year a Gloria loved my potato salad , home made dressing and gravy.
    I miss you so much sweetheart , I love you for ever and my heart is broken.
    Thank you for allowing me to be in your life for 27 years and my sweet wife for 15 years. Your are the love of my life .
    Sweet dreams my love
    I Love you so much
    Philip A. Miller

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