Gloria Houston Spence Edwards, 87, of Marietta died Tuesday, August 13, 2013. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta with Rev. Dean Hunter officiating. Interment will be in Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Edwards was born in Hogansville, GA and has lived in Marietta for 81 years. She was office manager and dental assistant for Dr. Rudy Graham. She graduated from Marietta High School where she was captain of the girl’s basketball team and also played softball. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marietta. Throughout her life she always stayed in contact with the people she met. She loved traveling but her true love was her family and family gatherings. She was an avid Georgia Tech fan. Mrs. Edwards is survived by her husband, Charles “Scrappy” Edwards of Marietta; two sons, James Michael Spence and his wife, Judy of Marietta, William Lee Edwards and his wife, Gwen of Douglasville; one brother, Jack Houston of Marietta; sister-in-law, Janice Houston of Marietta, sister-in-law, Mary Edwards Moon and her husband, Glen; four grandchildren, Shanna Spence Mulkey of Marietta, Charles Blake Edwards of Douglasville, James Devon Edwards and his wife, Amber of Gadsden, AL, Jill Fernandez and her husband, Daniel of Miami, FL; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Jimmie Susie Houston; two sons, Henry Luther Spence and Robert Weldon Spence; brother, James Leo Houston; four sisters, Jimmie Lou Kelso, Joyce Datz, JoAnn Blankenship, Janice Dilbeck. Contributions may be made to Wellstar Community Hospice, 4040 Hospital West Dr., Austell, GA 30106 or First Baptist Church, 148 Church St. NE, Marietta, GA 30060. Family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.