Late pastor leaves legacy of giving

The Rev. Gloria Roy spent most of her life giving to Randolph and Tucker counties, and that legacy continues even after she passed away.

Roy died in June 2009, but her husband, Jesse Roy, recently made two generous donations to Davis Memorial Hospital in her memory. Gifts from the Rev. Gloria Roy Memorial Fund went to the Davis House and the DMH Auxiliary, in the amount of $8,682.82 each.

Twelve different organizations received equal amounts through the Memorial Fund, which was established with proceeds from the New Life Fellowship Church and Christian School.

Gloria Roy battled scleroderma for nearly a decade, during which time she waited for a lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. Jesse Roy had great appreciation for a hospital-supported residential area, which is why the Davis House was selected.

Gloria Roy also was a lifelong educator, which is where the donation to the auxiliary comes in.

“We heard about the Davis House and felt very strongly about supporting that cause because of our experience in Cleveland,” Jesse Roy said. “The auxiliary was chosen because of all the volunteers do to help patients and their families throughout the hospital.

“We believe the DMH Auxiliary will use this money to make a difference in many people’s lives,” Roy told that group’s board recently. “Our family is honored to be able to give this gift in her memory.”

Gloria Roy was born in Parsons in 1947 and graduated from Elkins High School in 1966. She also graduated from Southern Bible College in Houston, Texas, in 1969.