Steve shared stories as Gloria's brother, explaining her tomboyish tendencies as a result of the fact that he and Simon always played basketball, soccer, baseball, and every other outdoorsy sport with their younger sister. Gloria told Steve that she appreciated when he would come over to tickle Kelissa or wrestle around with her since she couldn't do it with her RA. One of Steve's vivid memories of Gloria in her final days was watching her play with Kelissa, pretending to run away from her while she dragged her oxygen tank along. Gloria was so dedicated to her girls, trying to do everything she possibly could with them, despite her physical limitations.
April's eulogy was an inspiration; hearing her friendship with Gloria made me laugh, cry, and mourn her loss even more. You can read April's eulogy here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/april-elaine-clark/bye-for-now-glo/10151144612049697
Next, her brother Simon Hsu read from John 11:17-44, and the pastor of their church NCPC (New Community Presbyterian Church), Brad Paik, gave a message about hope after death. I was expecting a typical sermon on the theology of the resurrection, but what surprised me is that Pastor Brad began by confessing he was angry at God. He shared that he hadn't really cried when Gloria passed because of his anger towards God for taking her. He didn't want Gloria to die; he wanted God to heal her. Pastor Brad admitted though, that after hearing Chad talk in his eulogy about trusting God and worshipping Him simply because He is God, no matter what our circumstances, he began to weep uncontrollably. He was humbled by the faith of both Chad and Gloria in their trials, and said that he was standing there speaking that night not as someone who knows how to comfort us in dealing with Gloria's death, but as someone who is struggling to let Gloria go just as much as each of us are, asking God to comfort him as well.
One of my favorite stories that Pastor Brad shared was Gloria's process of joining the staff at NCPC. She was working part-time at the church and also teaching at Walter Payton College Prep, but she felt that God was asking her to join the church full-time as a worship pastor. She was still single, and her mom had said that it was possible if she decided to work for the church, that she may never get married. This didn't sit well with her because she had always dreamed of getting married and having children, so she didn't want to give that up. She also loved her job teaching high school and found great joy interacting with her students. She and Pastor Brad prayed and talked over her conflict, and he said that during that whole conversation, they both had no idea that her future husband was literally 6 feet away working on staff as the Community pastor at the church! Gloria joined staff in faith that God would provide a husband for her, and He did!