In Loving Memory of Erma Glover
March 1, 1940 - January 20, 2020
Erma Lee (Scott) Glover was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 1, 1940, to Jack Edgar Scott and Bessie Marie Sanders Scott. The third of five children, her four siblings included: Edgar Scott, Bettie Scott Hall (deceased), Freddie Scott (deceased), and James Scott.
Affectionately called "Sister" by her siblings and extended family, Erma moved at a young age with her family to Los Angeles where they would settle in the Watts neighborhood and where she would go on to graduate from Fremont High School. Erma was well known for her kindness and love of people and children, and pursued a career in healthcare, eventually becoming a public health nurse.
After earning an AA in Vocational Nursing from Los Angeles Trade Tech and her Registered Nursing license from East Los Angeles College, Erma continued on to earn a BS in Public Health from Pepperdine University's Malibu campus and a Management of Public Health Services Certificate from UCLA.
Erma's fruitful career led her to a variety of nursing posts, including tenures at Orthopedic Hospital, General Hospital, Crippled Childrenās Services, Hollywood Wilshire Health Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital where she worked in the Triage Unit upon its opening, and the LA County-USC Medical Center from which she retired in 1997, having amassed a more than 30-year nursing career. Dedicated to her profession, Erma remained active in the Chi Eta Phi nursing sorority long after her retirement, even working as a mentor to student nurses of color pursuing licensing.
Ermaās personal life proved as dynamic as her career. Dedicated to her parents and siblings, Erma met Arthur "Art" Glover in 1965 at LA's General Hospital where they both worked. Brought together by their mutual love of jazz and the arts, the couple married in 1966 and would remain wed until Artās death in 2017. Their union produced one daughter, Anika (Nikki) Mariama Glover and later, three grandchildren: Danika, Amaya, and Jimaury, who they played a key role in rearing.
Energetic, adventurous and socially conscious, Erma loved being involved in teams, clubs, and community and church service. She was a champion bowler and often one of the highest scorers in her leagues; with her sister, Bettie and their peers, she co-founded the "Touch of Class" philanthropic social club which raised funds for educational scholarships and issues like sickle-cell research. Erma was also an active member of ACORN (Association of Community Organization for Reform Now) and the Watts Neighborhood Council,working with both groups on key policy issues and campaigns related to improving the welfare of African Americans, people of color and those living in historically low income communities. She was also an avidtraveler and visited more than two dozen countries and the majority of U.S. states with friends and travel groups. Having accepted Christ in her youth, Erma was a member of several congregations. Her final church home was Beacon Light (10306 S. Avalon Blvd.) headed by Pastor Stanley Richards, where she dutifully served on, and at one time headed, the Usher Board. Despite her prolonged illness, Erma modeled her steadfast commitment to doing the will of the Creator by sending her tithes even when she was too weak to go to church. In a last message to family and friends just before she passed, she reminded us, "Remember to give and be generous. That's the only way to prosper."
In testimony to a full and meaningful life, Erma leaves behind a host of loved ones, including her daughter Nikki and three beloved grandchildren; her stepson from Art's first marriage, Arthur Keith Glover/Musomi Okolo also known as "Skip" ā and his children; her brothers, Edgar and James; cousins, nieces and nephews who cherished her; the Beacon Light Church family; and numerous lifelong friends in whose hearts she will live forever.