To know Gloria Stewart was to know a woman who was not afraid to work. A good day’s work let her sleep soundly at night, and when she awoke, she looked forward to the next day. When Gloria tackled a job, it mattered! She didn’t just think about or plan to do something; she approached everything – from her career to family projects – with thorough preparation and execution. For Gloria Stewart, her work mattered.
Gloria’s time for work is done as she passed away Friday evening October 10, 2014 in Colonial Manor Care Center in Loudonville. She was 88.
Born Gloria Gray McLaughlin January 10, 1926 in Shiloh to Arthur and Mildred (Gray) McLaughlin, she was graduated from Lexington High School.
Earlier in her career she had worked at Westinghouse, and she always helped her husband Harold Stewart with his milk route, but Gloria served for years as a dispatcher for the Richland County Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It was a position she loved, and the patrolmen became a second family to her. She retired in 2000.
Remembered for her vibrant red hair, Gloria always presented herself perfected coiffed and dressed to a “tee.” A bad hair day was not a valid excuse for calling in sick.
Gloria didn’t know the meaning of the word “no.” From simple advice to practical help to elbow grease, Gloria was always available to help get the work done.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Sandy Cochran of Butler, Judy and Chuck Carman of Culleoka, Tennessee and Sue and Larry Shope of Bellville; grandchildren Mike Cochran, Shanna (Andy) Soliday, Tami (Jeff) Cunningham, Sonny (Andrea) Gaddis, Todd Kemp, Chad Kemp, and Darrin (Shannon) Shope; great grandchildren Layla, Lincoln, Summer (Anthony Savage), Dylan, Duke, Sammy, Karli, Alek, Justin, and Caleb; a sister Kathleen Gregersen in California, brothers Jim McLaughlin in Florida and Art (Sue) McLaughlin in Mexico, a sister-in-law Helen McLaughlin of Bellville; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Her husband Harold Raymond Stewart preceded her in death on January 4, 2013. Also deceased are her brothers Fred McLaughlin and Wes McLaughlin.
Her family will receive friends Monday, October 13, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to Hospice of North Central Ohio or the Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Mrs. Stewart’s family, and messages of sympathy and support may be made to them at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com