Gloria Jewel Lindsay Goodwin passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 5, 2019 surrounded by her two most precious gifts, her husband and her daughter.
Gloria was the fifth of eleven children born to her parents, the late Joe Bass Benson Lindsay and Ruth Edna Roberts Lindsay, on March 25, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas. In 1955, Mr. Lindsay moved the family to Beeville, Texas (Clareville community) so he could work his farm and ranch full-time. While living in Beeville, Gloria was an active member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4-H Club, and the Future Homemakers of America (FHA). She enjoyed playing the piano for church services; and, competing and winning 4-H and FHA competitions. She attended public school at Skidmore-Tynan and upon graduating entered Coastal Bend College (formerly Bee County College).
With a thirst for the nursing profession, Gloria entered nursing school. In 1977, she obtained a Diploma of Nursing from Saint Louis Jewish School of Nursing, Saint Louis, Missouri, and in 1983, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri. Post graduate studies included Oncology at Saint Louis University and Health Services Management at Webster University.
Gloria was an avid supporter and volunteered countless hours to improve and save lives of those suffering from cancer. Gloria drew upon this foundational experience as she became an active volunteer for over a decade with several organizations including the American Cancer Society and the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation. Whether a programmatic chair, fundraiser, patient navigator or volunteer lobbyist, her passion and dedication focused on research, patience assistance and public policy to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Even when she had to face breast cancer as a patient (and subsequent survivor), she continued to be a beacon for others.
Some community activities and recognitions include (San Antonio Chapter):
-Chairperson of the Eastside Relay of Life
-Member, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2005 and 2008 - 2009
-Chairperson, Breast Health Awareness
-Chairperson, American Cancer Society Tell-A-Friend, 2001 – 2003
-Recipient, Macy’s Heart of Soul
-Award, Excellence in the Fight Against Breast Cancer, 2002
-Alamo Breast Cancer Council, Board of Directors
During her professional career, Gloria held numerous clinical, managerial, and leadership positions. She was a member of the Professional Nursing Sorority Chi Eta Phi.
In 2001, Gloria founded GL HealthCare Solutions, LLC, a professional consulting firm which she served as the Chief Executive Officer. The professional consulting firm focused on providing services to Pharmacy Benefit Management companies, as well as, to their clients.
Gloria’s passion for helping others extended beyond nursing. She was active in church ministries. When returning to San Antonio, Gloria was appointed Chairperson of the Health and Wellness Ministry for, both, Macedonia Baptist Church and Resurrection Baptist Church. She coordinated the ministry’s service at Churchwide events, as well as, weekly worship and developed and implemented special programs for the congregation ranging from education to testing. Although she retired from her chair post to focus on her health, she remained close to her Resurrection Baptist Church family.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings (Jackie Ray, Ruthie Elaine, and John Bass).
She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Goodwin, her daughter, Richele Morgan (Jeff), and Ericka Goodwin; four brothers: Lt. Col. Joe Lindsay, Retired, (Barbara); Jerome Lindsay (Demetria); Judge Sam Lindsay (Kathleen); and Dr. Jeff Lindsay (Connie); and three sisters: Dr. Beverly Lindsay; Faye Lindsay; and Princess Lindsay; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, Gloria would encourage contributions to WINGS (https://texaswings.org/) or the American Cancer Society (American Cancer Society; PO Box 22718; Oklahoma City, OK 73123 with notation “restrict to San Antonio service area only”).
For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed at https://myrbconline.org/