Guam - Acting Governor Ray Tenorio proclaimed a state of mourning for Gloria Nelson, who passed away at the Guam Memorial Hospital last night. He wrote "Auntie Lola taught us all to be banidosu - about who we are and what our children can become. She never waivered in her expectations of the Chamorro people, or of her high standards of success for all the children of Guam. And she never tolerated mediocrity.
"There are many people in this community that looked up to Gloria 'Lola' Nelson as a leader," he said. "There are people across the island mourning for her and we in this government recognize the work and contribution she's made, too. God knows how many people and our island prayers are with her and out condolences."
Tenorio said she was a hero and that she stood up for what was right and what she believed in, even is she was the last person standing. The island remains in a state of mourning until Nelson's funeral.
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo joins the community in mourning the death of Mrs. Nelson who she called her dear friend, writing, "Lola worked her whole life to improve the quality of life for all members of our community, making significant contributions as Democratic Party chairwoman and director of DOE. I appreciate her many years of service to the people of Guam and I extend my condolences to her family friends and colleagues. "
Bordallo also said, "I will truly miss our beloved Lola."