Gloria M. Greeley, 86, an elementary teacher who taught in D.C. public schools and at Westlawn Elementary School in Falls Church in the 1950s, died Feb. 7 at the Fairfax Nursing Center.

She had dementia, said her daughter, Mindy McAllister.

Gloria Scott Mason was born in Montgomery, Ala., and, as a young woman, did fashion modeling for department stores.

Mrs. Greeley settled in the Washington area after receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from Auburn University in Alabama in 1948. She was a Springfield resident.

Her hobbies including gardening. She was a co-founder of the Society for the Prevention of Animal Young in Arlington, which is now part of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Northern Virginia, her daughter said.

Her first marriage, to Phillip McDonnell, ended in divorce. Her husband of 30 years, Charles W. Greeley, died in 2009. Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Mindy McAllister of Fairfax County; two stepchildren, Carolyn O’Connor of Williamsburg, Va., and Lee Greeley of Farmville, Va.; and four granddaughters.

— Emily Langer