WILMINGTON — Gloria Freeman Eaton, 74 of Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 28, 2021, after a long illness.
She was born in New Hanover County on July 2, 1947, to Alfonza Freeman and Augusta Davis Freeman. She graduated from Williston High School in 1965 and later earned her bachelor’s degree from UNCW in 1972. After graduating, she became an RN at NHRMC where she met her loving husband, Hubert A. Eaton Jr. M.D. She worked at NHRMC until 1986 before moving to a private practice. They were married in April 1984. Gloria was the great-niece of Dr. Foster F. Burnett Sr., the daughter in law of Dr. Hubert A. Eaton Sr. and was mentored by her aunt, Ms. Annetta Freeman; a graduate of Community Hospital School of Nursing and the only African American nurse anesthetist in New Hanover County for 50 years.
She will always be remembered for her bubbly personality and infectious smile that would light up any room she entered. Gloria’s children were her priority. She was a member of Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, and she will be greatly missed by all who met her.
She is preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey A. Freeman; her parents, Alfonza Freeman and Augusta Davis Freeman; sister, Thelma Maxine Peguise; and brother, John Michael Freeman.
She is survived by her husband, Hubert A. Eaton Jr. M.D.; her children, Hubert A. Eaton III; Christopher Eaton; daughter Celeste and her husband John; and grandson Luca; sisters in law, Faustine Fitzgerald and Carolyn Eaton; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at North Chase Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the staff of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and the caring staff of Lower Cape Fear Life Center.
A memorial gathering is scheduled at North Chase Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 3015 Enterprise Drive, Wilmington, NC on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New Hanover Humane Society: 2405 N. 23rd street Wilmington, NC 28401, Operation Smile: 3641 Faculty Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23453.
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