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Gloria N Woodside

July 30, 1929 March 26, 2019
Gloria N Woodside
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Gloria Woodside, 1929-2019

Gloria Woodside, the former costume designer for the Princeton Ballet, died on March 26 at the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, following a stroke. She was 89 years old and had been living in Hopewell, New Jersey most of the last five years.
She worked as the wardrobe mistress and costume designer for the Princeton Ballet (now known as the American Repertory Ballet), from the early 1970s until 1986. She designed costumes for many original productions, including “The Nutcracker,” “Raymonda,” “Coppelia,” “Peter and the Wolf,” and “The Sleeping Beauty.” She was dedicated to historically accurate designs and costumes that enhanced dancers’ bodies. “Less is more” was her artistic philosophy.
Gloria Delores Nicholson was born in Philadelphia on July 30, 1929, the second of three daughters of George D. and Viola V. Thomas Nicholson. She grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Frankford High School in 1947.
The next year, she attended Pennsylvania State University at a satellite campus on the grounds of Swarthmore College. She then worked for four years as a clerk for Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania. She married Robert Hanks Woodside on September 3, 1949 at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. They moved to Haddonfield, New Jersey. She worked three more years at the telephone company until becoming a mother.
Mrs. Woodside was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She gave birth to all of her five children at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia out of loyalty to her doctor and that hospital. She lived in Southampton, Pennsylvania from 1953 until 1963, when she and her husband moved their family to Princeton, New Jersey. She lived in Princeton for 51 years. Her husband died in 1995.
She helped manage the Competitive Sport, an athletic shoe and gear store in Princeton, with her son John and her husband, until it closed in the mid-1990s. She also worked for several years in the office at Blake Hardware of Trenton.
Mrs. Woodside is survived by her younger sister, Joan Peiffer of Westfield, New Jersey; three sons, Robert Woodside of Rindge, New Hampshire, J. Stephen Woodside of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and John Woodside of Lawrenceville; two daughters, Christine Woodside of Deep River, Connecticut, and Anne Woodside Gribbins of Titusville; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her older sister, Virginia Bard, died in 2005.
The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pennington. The burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Loon Preservation Committee of Moultonborough, New Hampshire or to the Episcopal Relief and Development Children’s Fund.


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300 S. Main St. Pennington 08534 nj
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