On Sun., Feb. 3, 2013, Gloria E. Kazlow died peacefully at the age of 83 in Columbia, Md. Her late devoted husband of more than 56 years, Fred Kazlow, D.D.S., passed on March 21, 2010.

Candle 2Born April 20, 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Gloria lived a very full and happy life. After marrying her summer camp sweetheart, Freddy, she became a respected student of Spanish literature and graduated from Queens College in Queens, N.Y. in 1950. She worked as a Spanish-English interpreter for Pepsi Cola, thus supporting and putting her husband through dental school at New York University.

Dr. Kazlow joined the Air Force and was stationed in Savannah, Ga. Gloria and Fred fell in love with Savannah and decided to make it their home, where they lived for more than 50 years.

Gloria was a dancer, actor, teacher, lover, humanist, Democrat, great cook, warm homemaker and mother of all mothers. She taught school, volunteered vigorously for community charities and served on the board of Temple Mickve Israel for many years. She championed the mentally ill and the downtrodden and was never too busy to give love, help and guidance to any friend or newcomer who needed it. In her later years, she did poetry reading at local nursing homes and was a contestant in the Georgia Senior Ms. Pageant.

Gloria was loved dearly by her family, friends and community. She had an incredible zest for life and could always light up the room with her enthusiasm and passion. She set an example and a standard for compassion, positive thinking and appreciation for all the beauty in life – “stop and smell the roses.”

She is survived by her three children, Susan Kazlow Friedland, Dr. Gary A. Kazlow and Jodi Dawn Kazlow; four grandchildren: Arielle Kazlow and Samuel, David and Mariah Friedland; sister, Dr. Carol Kerr; brother, Morton Shapiro; three first-cousins: Dr. David Krulee, Dr. JoEllen Roseman and Dr. Eric Toder; a daughter-in-law, Lauren Kazlow; and son-in-law, Dr. Lance Friedland.

Graveside service was at 1:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 6, 2013 at Bonaventure Cemetery with Rabbi Robert Haas officiating. Memorial contributions in memory of Gloria E. Kazlow can be made to the Barbara and Ivan H. Friedland Camp Scholarship Fund at Camp Barney Medintz c/o the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.