Gloria Elizabeth Learning

July 23, 1944 to May 4, 2022


Gloria Elizabeth Learning (nee Soper) was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She passed away peacefully on May 4, 2022, age 77, at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital.

She was born to Fred and Florence Soper (nee Nightingale) on July 23, 1944. An only child, she was beloved by her parents and grandparents. Her family grew when she met Edward Learning. They married in 1963 and, together, they had a son: Peter. She is survived by her husband, Ed; son, Peter; daughter-in-law, Wanda; granddaughter, Maria (Howie); and many beloved family and friends.

Gloria worked with the Canadian Red Cross for 41 years. In her spare time, Gloria loved spending time in the kitchen, creating delicious baked goods for her family. She found beauty in the garden that she tended in her many years on Salmonier Line. She had an uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities, including reading and puzzles. She was especially proud of her 71 years of service with Girl Guides of Canada. She held numerous positions, up to and including, Deputy Provincial Commissioner. She was a Trefoil Guild Liasson for Newfoundland and Labrador and one of the founding members of the Caw-Ta-Ka-Ye Trefoil Guild. She received many Guiding Awards, including the National Beaver Award.

Cremation has taken place.  The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Friday, May 6 from 5-9 p.m.  Committal service will take place in Forest Road Anglican Cemetery on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Girl Guides of Canada on her behalf.



5-9 p.m. on May 6, 2022

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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Committal Service

10:00am, Saturday May 7th

Forest Road Anglican Cemetery


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To Ed & Family, please accept my family’s condolences. I have fond memories of Gloria during my years’ of scouting. She will be missed, but lives on in our memories.

I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs’ Learning. She was my Girl Guide leader for a years around the time she got married as I knew her as Miss Soper. I really appreciated her influence in my life. As an adult I was involved in the Girl Guides in CBS as Music Advisor for Hopewell District and later Leader of the Pathfinders, and did a stint as chairperson of the LA to the Girl Guides. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. daughter and granddaughter both participted

So saddened to hear the news of Gloria’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the Learning family during this time. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Gloria at the Red Cross for many years. A beautiful lady with a kind heart. She will be missed.

Ed and family – Our sincere sympathies on Gloria’s passing. She was a great lady and will be long remembered for her unselfish service to the community.

Ed, Peter, Wanda and Maria,
My condolences to you on Gloria’s passing. I have so many fond memories of time I spent with Gloria. She had a positive influence on so many of us who spent time with her in Guides and Rangers. Her dedication and love for the Guiding movement was always evident in whatever adventure we were involved in from regular weekly meetings, working on badge activities or attending a rally or volunteer activity.
Gloria was always up for an adventure and loved to have fun! I’ll never forget the many camping trips; Random Island, Trinity, trudging across a pond to a winter camp in Foxtrap and so much time spent at the cabin in Salmonier! Gloria always treated you as one of her own and Peter was a real trooper to have shared his mom with so many young people!
Thinking of all of you at this difficult time, cherish all of your wonderful memories.

Ed, Peter and family,
So sorry to hear of your wife’s/mom’s passing. May your cherished memories give you peace in the days ahead.
Jenny O’Neill (Young)

Ed , Peter and Wanda, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss , please accept my sincere condolences .

Dear Ed and family. We offer sincere condolences to you on the passing of Gloria.. A mainstay in your family. Gloria’s and your support of youth will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Peggy and Ernie Reid

Ed and Peter,

My sincere condolences on Mrs. Learning’s (Gloria’s) passing . I have so many fond memories of her help and guidance while I was in the Girl Guides and her arranging our volunteer activities at the Canadian Blood Services. One particularly pleasant memory is of our camping trip on Random Island. Gloria exemplified the importance of public service and dedication to the development of teenagers into socially responsible adults. ❤️

Ed and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Gloria’s passing. My condolences. Hugs.

Ed and Family
We are saddened to hear of Gloria’s passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all . She was at this difficult time. Over the years of our volunteering with Red Cross, we were very privileged to have worked with Gloria. She was truly an ambassador for the Red Cross. RIP Gloria.
Des and Jeanne

So sorry to hear of your loss

Ed ,Peter, Wanda, and Maria .
We can’t find the right words to convey how Frank and I feel when you informed us of Gloria passing . Ed you and Gloria have been our very good friends since we moved back to the Island on the Salmonier line . Our hearts are broken hearing this sad news. I will miss chatting with Gloria and it is hard to believe how everything changed this past year . We moved out west and you both to paradise . Gloria will always be in our hearts as a kind and gentle friend.. I have known Gloria many years as a friend and co worker when I worked at Red Cross in Labrador she was my mentor and in girl Guides , then as a very special friend and neighbour this past 16 years in Salmonier .she will be missed very much .our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Love and take care Ed our dear friend , will talk soon , Marion and Frank .

Peter and Ed, words are challenging to muster at a time like this to offer my sincerest condolences to you both.
Gloria was without a doubt a wonderful humanitarian in the finest ways . As a mother and wife and daughter always put her family first.
Turning her support to her career with the Red Cross was without a doubt exemplary, I had the very distinguished pleasure of working with such a professional approach to everything she did.
I relied on Gloria for sound advice and the ability to maneuver the many aspects of the Society’s workings.
After Glorias work with the Society she turned her compassion and desire to help out to the “ girl guides of Canada. A remarkable contribution to a very worthwhile program. I recall many Friday afternoons asking “ Gloria what are you and Ed doing for the weekend ? She would reply with a smile and glint in her eye “ I’m attending a girl guide camp and Ed is off with the Boy Scouts “

Gloria, we will miss you dearly , but rest easy my friend you deserve it. John

Ed, Peter and family, my sincere condolences at this most difficult time….

To Peter and family. Sincere condolences at this time.

Sincere condolences to Ed and family on the loss of Gloria, a wonderful wife, mother and friend. I cherish the memories of our time together with Red Cross and attending her retirement dinner. Always pleasant and helpful, Gloria was a tremendous asset to the Society and to the Guides, of which she was a very valued member as well. RIP Gloria.

Bob and Georgia LeMessurier

So sorry for your loss. I met Gloria through the Guiding movement and fondly remember the good times spent in her company. RIP Gloria

Ed, Peter, Wanda, Maria, and Family,
We were saddened to learn of Gloria’s passing. On behalf of the Lanphear family I would like to extend our sympathies.

Ed, Peter and family. Saddened to hear of Gloria’s passing. For many years I worked with Gloria at The Canadian Red Cross Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Division. She was appreciated by both staff and volunteers . I knew her to be a fine person. May her memories be blessing.

Peter,,Wanda,Maria and Ed,
We are so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing
and Ed your beautiful wife. Wanda and Peter we are thinking about you and will keep you close in thought and prayer during this sad time. May Gloria Rest In Peace.🙏
Love Suzanne and Bob Davis

Ed and Peter.
I have many good memories of “Mom” Learning and the fun times that we had going through the Guiding movement.

She was a very special woman and did so much to support all of the members of the Girl Guides, even those of us who didn’t want to give up the camaraderie after Rangers, and kept hanging around for the trips to the cabin!! I reference those years whenever we pass and relay some funny story from those times.

Thinking of you both at this difficult time. sending my condolences.

Pam (Bartlett) Barnes

Peter, Wanda and Family. My sincere condolences to you during this difficult time.

Sincere condolences to her family and friends. Her Guiding sisters will miss her.

Ed and family, So sorry to hear of Gloria’s passing. She was a very special person. Knew her thru the Girl Guides. Will remember her smile and her mild mannered personality. Rest in peace my friend
Marge Gaulton

Ed .Peter and family sincere sympathy It was a pleasure to work with Gloria a t the Canadian Red Cross and also with Girl Guides. She always was pleasant and very
supportive to me and we enjoyed our in between work chats. cherish her love and memories.

Ed and family.
So sorry to hear of Gloria’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
Take care

Jean and Milton Shears

Ed, Peter and family
Gloria lived the humanitarian values of the Canadian Red Cross and humbly and efficiently supported individuals and communities in need..
Her warm smile and dedication to helping others will not be forgotten..
Dave Lough

So sorry to hear of Glorias passing, our thoughts and prayers with you Ed , Peter and family , R..I.P. Gloria.
Roger/ Sharon Learning

Ed,Peter, Wanda and Maria So very sorry to learn of Gloriia’s passing.. Many staff and Red Cross Volunteers certainly remember the outstanding contribution Gloria made to Red Cross and its administration. I remember how the Commissioners and past Presidents relied upon Gloria so much because of knowledge of the Red Cross administration. Rest in Peace my friend.Prayers for you and the family.

So sorry to hear about your Nana’s passing. Your love for her and your memories will help in the coming days and months. Take Care and God Bless.

Ed ,Peter and family I am sorry to learn of Gloria’s passing. The Soper’s and Nightengale’s were our next door neighbors on Raleigh Street. Please accept my deepest condolences.

So terribly sad to hear about the passing of Gloria. A beautiful person inside and out. My houghts and prayer to the family.

Deepest sympathy to Ed and familyS

To Ed and Family,
We were saddened to learn of Gloria’s passing. We extend our sympathies and deepest condolences at this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolences to all the family . May she rest in peace

Deepest condolences on the Gloria’s passing. She was my Guide leader at 31St St. John’s in the 1960’s. Lovely caring person who was a true leader. RIIP

I’m deeply saddened to hear this news. As our Guide leader, Mudder had a big hand in rearing me, and many others too. Her sense of fun, her spirit of adventure, quiet calm and kindness were taught by example.

The adventures of Mom, Dad, Peter, Hot Rod Granny, Copper, and an assortment of Girl Guides took place at Harrington, Raleigh Street, Trinity, Salmonier and the Pink Poodle. Singing, campfires, sliding, ski-dooing, marching, volunteering, skits… she created so much. I’m very grateful to have been in the midst of it..

After taps, ‘Day is done. Gone the sun. From the sea from the hills from the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh.’

at the end of our meetings Gloria would say, “Guides dismissed” . But we acted like it wasn’t over. We’d vigorously say Good. Night. and take one big giggly stompy step with with each word.

Now, like then, we’ll keep the lessons and the love, but let you rest in peace.

I knew Gloria from many years ago through my husband’s family. I am unable to visit at the moment due to illness, but you are in my thoughts and prayers.. My deepest sympathy to you all. Sandra Nightingale.

To Ed , Peter and family,
I was so saddened to read today of Gloria’s passing, I have many , many fond memories of my years as a Girl Guide where our Wednesday evening meetings were held in the gym at UnitedJunior High. ‘Mrs Learning’, always had fun, yet meaningful activities planned and our summer Girl Guide camps were THE best! I even remember Peter attending a camp as a very young little boy, while his mom and dad pitched tents and organized activities.
I’m thinking of you all and I hope your wonderful memories will bring you comfort at this sad time.

So sorry to hear that Gloria has passed away she was without a doubt one of the nicest ladies I had the pleasure of knowing and working with at the canadian red cross many years ago. To her family and friends I extend my sincere sympathy.Eternal rest grant unto her O lord and may light perpetual shine upon her.May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

To – Edward, Peter and family, Sincere sympathy to you , your family and friends. Gloria and my mother Louise Reid were great buddies working at the Red Cross over the years. Mom often shared happy stories and I’m sure Gloria also had tales to tell. Deepest condolences at this difficult time. Linda Louise Reid Kane

So sad to read of Mrs. Learnings passing. She was such a beautiful, caring lady who helped me become the person I am today. She moved from guides, to pathfinders to rangers with a group of us, and treated us like her own. May she RIP and sincere condolences to Mr. Learning, Peter and family.

Mr. Learning , Peter and family
I am so sorry to her about Mrs . Learnings passing , she taught us a lot as kids in the girl guides ., many of us have a lot of fond memories ,that we have cherished and continued in our adult life . She was a special woman . Thinking about you all at this difficult time . 🙏❤️

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Trina, Corry & Laura

Ed, so sorry to hear of Gloria’s passing, she was truly a very kind person..

Gloria was a beautiful and very kind hearted person, I am a better person for knowing her, she will be dearly missed by those who knew her, fly high with the angles….Rochelle

Gloria and I grew up together on Raleigh Street as best friends. I’m so sorry to hear that she is gone. I will always cherish her memory. My condoléances to you and your family.

To Maria and family.

So sorry to hear about your grandmother.

(Jeff, Sharon and Catherine Howard)

May the beautiful memories of Aunt Gloria ease your grief
Rest easy Aunt Gloria. My condolences to you all. Uncle Ed Peter Wanda and Maria.

To Ed, Peter, Wanda, and Maria:
Our deepest, deepest condolences. Gloria was truly a wonderful lady with a big heart and warm disposition. We always enjoyed our visits together and she was always so good to our parents. She will be terribly missed by all who knew and loved her. You are in our thoughts.
Love and happy memories from The Anthonys
(John & family, Steven & family, Jane & Corey, and Jason & family)

My sincere condolences to you. Gloria was a truly beautiful person and will be missed by all who were blessed to know her.

We are so saddened to hear of Aunt Gloria’s passing. Big hugs Uncle Ed and our thoughts are with you.
Clarence ,Bev. Thistle and family.

Very sorry to hear of Gloria’s passing. I have known Gloria for many years through our volunteering with Girl Guides. Gloria was such a nice person and liked and respected by all who knew her. Her long commitment to Girl Guides will be remembered.