Gloria Jean Pettis was born on April 25, 1960, in Belzonia, Mississippi, to James (who preceded her in death) and Vertilla Williams. She was the firstborn of ten children. Gloria moved to Chicago at the age of three years old where she attended Jenner Elementary and attended high school at Cooley High. In 2014, she received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from University of Phoenix. Gloria confessed Christ at an early age. She attended Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church (later to become Better Life Faith Church International) under three generations of pastors: Rev. Matthew Pettis, Sr., her father-in-law, Rev. Matthew Pettis, Jr., and Apostle Steven L. Pettis and Pastor Lora Pettis. She served faithfully as a leader of the Children’s Church, an usher, a nurse, and a choir member. While attending Holy Trinity as a child, she met her husband, Christopher Alonzo Pettis (who preceded her in death). Christopher pursued Gloria into Holy Matrimony on August 31, 1985. In this union, five children were born. Gloria was a hardworking woman. She worked for Emergency 24 as a dispatch operator for many years before establishing a new career at Lurie Children’s Hospital, where she worked until she retired in 2020. In 2012, she became a member of Rhema Word Kingdom Ministries under the leadership of Pastors Gerald and Toni Glasper, where she was a faithful member until her passing. Gloria was called home to be with the Lord on December 4, 2021. She leaves to cherish: her mother, Vertilla Williams; five children, Jonathan Pettis (Candace), Gussie Pettis, Nicole Boti (Jocelyn), Julian Pettis, and Jordan “MJ” Pettis; nine grandchildren, Caleb Pettis, Brooklynn Robinson, Jude Pettis, Zoey Robinson, Morgan Robinson, Carsyn Pettis, Jacob Robinson, Jordyn “JJ” Robinson, and Nigel Boti; eight brothers and sisters, Henry (Toni), Dorothy (Milton), Yvonne, Dennis, Tommie (Sharon), Aretha (Michael), James (Terenda), and Joseph (Keleigh); and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and godchildren.