Gloria B. Valls of Eggertsville, a retired research chemist and substance abuse counselor, died Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after a long illness. She was 77.
Born Gloria Bascuas in Havana, Cuba, she moved to the United States in 1960 and was an Eggertsville resident for the past 40 years.
She received degrees in physics and chemistry at the University of Havana, did graduate work at Duquesne University and, in her 60s, received a master's degree in social work from the University at Buffalo.
Mrs. Valls taught science in Cuba, then in the Buffalo Public Schools before taking a job at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a research chemist.
In the early 1990s, she started working for Catholic Charities in its drug addiction program, retiring from there in 1998.
A volunteer for several agencies involved in social justice, she enjoyed cooking, weaving, gardening and listening to classical music.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Luis; four daughters, Teresa and Carmen, both of Philadelphia, Maria of Portland, Ore., and Isabel Valls Huffman of Chapel Hill, N.C.; three sons, Dr. Luis A. and John F., both of Portland, Ore., and Andrew of Corvallis, Ore.; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in Orchard Park Friends Meeting House, 6924 E. Quaker Road, Orchard Park.