born on August 10, 1925 in Santa Anna, Texas. She was graduated from Santa
Anna High School and in 1942 moved with her mother to San Diego, California,
where her sister lived. She worked for the Department of Agriculture for
a year and then in 1943 she went to work for Convair, an aerospace company,
where her sister worked. In 1944 she married John Dunkel, who also worked
at Convair. She left work in 1945 to have her first son. In 1948 she returned
to work, this time at Solar Aircraft. She worked there for ten years until
she had her second son. She then stayed home to raise her family.
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became interested in lapidary and silver. He began a piece of channel work
in 1980 but died suddenly before he could finish. After a year of mourning,
Gloria started taking classes in silver and lapidary at the San Diego Mineral
& Gem Society. By 1983 she had discovered her natural talent for creating
channel work. She finished the piece John had worked on and proceeded to
create a couple of hundred exquisitely crafted pieces of jewelry.
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taught silver fabrication and channel work at San Diego Mineral & Gem
for 15 years. She was also very active in their Fossil Division. She gave
away most of her creations to friends, family, and as donations for Gem
Club functions. She won many awards and ribbons in competition and received
her Master Silversmith at a California Federation Show.