Gloria Ann Elizabeth Borst
Gloria Ann Elizabeth Borst Gloria Ann Elizabeth Borst, a longtime resident of Crystal Springs, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at Saint Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson. Born June 9, 1936, she was the eldest surviving child of Elizabeth Kassai O’Brien and Daniel O’Brien. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, she graduated from St. Peter’s Catholic School in 1954 and began work as an X-Ray technician at Reading Hospital. In 1961 she married George Borst, and in 1962 they moved to Crystal Springs, Mississippi, where Gloria Ann made a home for her family. For many years she was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church, teaching catechism and assisting at St. John’s in various ways. While attending Jackson State University, she was named to the Dean’s List three times and President’s List once, and in 1982 she earned her BS in Education. She was then employed by Crystal Springs Junior High School where she taught mathematics until 1988. Gloria Ann’s faith was always her guiding light, and she continually supported the work of the Catholic Church. Her favorite Bible verse was and is: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) As her health worsened, her husband and her daughter Mary Ann faithfully attended her. Their devoted care and with the help of faithful friends allowed Gloria Ann to live her remaining years at home, in the company of family and friends. Gloria Ann is survived by her husband, George Borst, and the following: her son Joseph and his wife Deborah with their children Kathryn, Julia, Jacob, Grace, and Thomas; her son Daniel and his wife Graciela with their children Isabel and Antonio; and her daughter Mary Ann. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Patricia Ann and Eugene Pieja, with the families of their children Patrick, Kelly and Sean, as well as by her brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Patricia O’Brien with their son Sean. Gloria Ann made it clear that upon her death she wished to donate her body to science. As such, there will be no viewing or funeral. Instead, there will be a Mass of Celebration at St. John’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 1 at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to the Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia Center at University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in the name of Gloria Ann Borst. These can be mailed to: The MIND Center at UMMC, UMMC Development Accounting, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216. Memorial donations can also be made online at https://www.umc.edu/mindcenter/Ways-to-Help/Give-Today.html. May Gloria Ann, and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.