Gloria J. Salyer, 85, went to meet the Lord July 25, 2014. She was a long-time resident of Kingston in Ashland, Ohio. In addition to Kingston, Gloria also called Jeromesville, Ohio; Portales, N.M. and Marietta home during her lifetime. She had a very lively spirit, a quick mind and an incredibly kind heart.
Gloria was born to the late John C. and Doris Ross on May 9, 1929 in Newscomerstown, Ohio. She graduated from Newcomerstown High School in 1947 and received her bachelor's in special education from The Ohio State University in 1951.
Gloria was a dedicated special education teacher until her retirement in 1987. She was passionate about helping students succeed and gain real life skills. After her retirement from teaching, she worked for a number of community service organization, including The council for Family and Children serving Ashland and Mommie's Friend in Portales - both organizations provided support and education to new mothers. Gloria believed in honoring The Lord by giving to others and service to community.
Gloria was a voracious reader, an avid letter writer, and lover of family, friends, cats, cows and NASCAR. She relished a good conversation, a shared cup of coffee with double cream and sugar and watching the cars run the oval, particular under the Saturday night lights. She also enjoyed tending to her hanging baskets, watching the birds at her many feeders, and music - everything from bagpipes to Willie Nelson to a lively Mexican mariachi tune.
In addition to her parents, Gloria was preceded in death by her son John W. Salyer in 1972 and her step-daughter, Karen Richey in 2010.
Gloria is survived by three children and three stepchildren: Sylvia Warters (Dale) of Jeromesville, Ohio; John Chip Salyer (Karen) of Glenmont, Ohio, and Rick Salyer of Medina, Ohio; Mary Stover (Steve Heslep) of Akron, Ohio; Linda Black of Ashland, Ohio and Robert Salyer also of Ashland, Ohio, She is also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Gloria wished for those dear to her to make donations or volunteer time to charitable organizations. Some of those dear to her heart included the Victory Junction Camp, the Humans Society of Ashland County, Hospice of North Central Ohio and the Ashland Salvation Army and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.
Private funeral services will be held for family at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville. The burial will be in Jeromesville Cemetery.
Due to a family health issue, a Memorial-Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date for the countless friends Gloria made over the years.