Gloria Leslie Cahill

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Gloria Leslie Cahill (Wallace)

Also Known As: "Glor"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Syndey-on-Vaal, South Africa
Death: March 02, 1988 (53)
Johannesburg, South Africa (Intercranial Haemorrhage)
Place of Burial: Johannesburg, South Africa (Cremated)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Edward John Wallace and Maria Petronella Wallace
Wife of Private
Mother of Lee Cahill and Private User
Sister of Maude Patricia Braxton; Private User; Edna Armistice Wallace; Infant Wallace and Olive Elizabeth McGregor

Occupation: Credit Manager
Managed by: Lee Cahill
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About Gloria Leslie Cahill

Biography

Source: Lee Cahill, 25 March 2013 (Last updated 10 April 2013)

Collaborators: If you'd like to add to these notes, please do so in a separate section below as I'd like to preserve the integrity of my original notes. Thanks.

  • My mother was born in Syndey-on-Vaal, and was the second youngest of the surviving five daughters born to my Gran and Granddad.
  • At the time, the family were staying with Gran's mother and father (Oupa and Ouma Nell) at Louw's Koppie, where Oupa had a diamond claim. According to my aunt, Hilda Wallace Keyte, Louw's Koppie was about four miles from Droogveld, which was, in turn, about six to ten miles from Sydney-on-Vaal. Oupa and Ouma's nearest neighbour was about three miles away.
  • The nearest hospital was in Sydney-on-Vaal, which is why Mom was born there.
  • Even today, Sydney-on-Vaal (founded in 1902) is quite remote, a village 30 km north-west of Barkly West and several kilometres south of Delportshoop. The geogtaphical coordinates for the village are: 28° 26' 0" South, 24° 18' 0" East.
  • A lovely story about Mom's birth is that she was born after a long and difficult labour. When Granddad was eventually told the baby had arrived, he burst out in joy saying: "Glory hallelujah!", and so Mom was named Gloria. Her second name honours the nurse who helped Gran through the labour.
  • Hilda recalls Gran and Granddad bringing Gloria home to Louw's Koppie and remembers her as 'a little bundle'.
  • At some point after Mom's birth, the family returned to Johannesburg, where they had lived previously, at first with only the two younger children, Edna and Gloria. The two older children, Maude and Hilda, stayed on in Louw's Koppie until Gran and Granddad could send for them.
  • They settled in a terrace house at 288 Commissioner Street, and Edna was apparently delighted with the new house, even though it was very modest.
  • Mom was a sensitive child, and very aware of the poverty in which she and her sisters grew up.
  • Nevertheless, she had very endearing stories to tell of her childhood. For instance, during the depression and the very lean years after that, my grandmother's brothers would occasionally visit the family at 288 Commissioner Street. Despite their own straitened circumstances, they would sometimes be able to give my Gran a pound for essentials and a few treats. Then Mom and her sisters would run off to Ali's grocery store a few blocks away and buy "two bots and a tickey ice" (two bottles of cooldrink and a tickey ice cream), which they'd used to make cooldrink floats, a big treat!
  • Edna, Mom and Olive (who was born in Johannesburg) all went to Fairview Junior preparatory school (opposite the Jeppe Fire Station) and later to Troyeville Primary School.
  • Granddad died when Mom was seven, and this was a huge loss for her. Her memory of having to kiss her father in his coffin at his funeral stayed with her throughout her life.
  • After Granddad's death, Gran was left with five young children to raise, and she took a job as a shift supervisor at the Hillbrow Plumbing Works. Money was always tight, but my uants have many happy memories of living in Commissioner Street.
  • After primary school, Mom received a bursary, and went to Athlone Girls' High, which she loved. She had to leave school at the end of Standard Nine (Form Four/Grade Eleven) in order to go to work, and she was devastated that she couldn't do matric.
  • She was nevertheless very proud to have been Victrix Ladorum in her final year of school.
  • She began work as a clerk for the same cattle auctioning company at which Hilda was working, and often travelled out into the rural areas to cattle auctions.
  • She was determined to work her way up, which she did. She was also a really beautiful woman, and was very popular. We have some lovely phographs of her as a young woman on holiday in Scottburgh - laughing joyfully and full of life.
  • She met Dad after he'd seen her on a bus and followed the bus on is motocycle until it reached her stop.
  • He was eight years her senior and, at first, Gran didn't approve of the relationship because she felt he was too much 'a man of the world'. She later came to love him deeply, though, and regarded him as the son she'd never had.
  • Mom and Dad were married on 22 December 1956 at the old Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church) and had their wedding reception at Jeppe Quodum country club.
  • They honeymooned in Scottburgh and, after that, settled at 360 Highland Road in Kensington, where they were living when I was born.
  • Having a child was a genuinely moving and spiritual experience for Mom, and she wrote about this in her Treasure of Truth journal.
  • She was equally delighted with the birth of my sister Tracy three-and-a-half years later. At the time, we were living with Gran at 11 Senator Road, Malvern East, and I can remember that Mom's waters broke while she was washing the dishes after dinner. Tracy was born in the early hours of the following morning.
  • I have some very special memories from the time immediately after Tracy was born.
  • When Tracy was about two, Mom and Dad bought a house in the new suburb of Marlands, east of Johannesburg.
  • Dad died in 1965, while we were living there. At the age of 30, Mom became a widow with two young children to raise on her own. It was a devastating blow to her, and I can remember how difficult it was for her to sell the house because she could no longer afford it on her salary. Dad, who had suffered from heart disease as a result of a bout of rheumatic fever he'd had as a child, could not obtain life insurance, so she was left with virtually nothing when he died.
  • Her life after that was something of a roller-coaster, and she never managed to recover an equilibrium.
  • She was very successful in her work, and proud of her achievements. However, I know that, at heart, she hated what she did. Nevertheless, as she said to my aunt Olive, she had children to consider, so she had to do what had to be done.
  • She died shortly after her 53rd birthday from a brain haemorrhage, probably complicated by the effects of alcoholism.
  • Poignantly, she left a handwritten note attached to her will stating that she wanted a very simple funeral, and this was followed by the words (addressed to Tracy and me) 'I shall await you'.

Research Notes

Source: Lee Cahill, 13 September 2012

Collaborators: If you'd like to add to these notes, please do so in a separate section below as I'd like to preserve the integrity of my original notes. Thanks.

  • Birth certificate number: A471947. Entry number: 88/35
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Gloria Leslie Cahill's Timeline

1935
February 27, 1935
Syndey-on-Vaal, South Africa
1988
March 2, 1988
Age 53
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Athpone High School for Girls, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Niche 218, Memorial Garden, Braamfontein Cemetery, Johannesburg, South Africa (Cremated)