Gloria L. Morrow

Gloria L. MorrowA beautiful soul has left the earth, leaving behind the admiration and affection of everyone touched by her life. Gloria Lucille Morrow passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Nov. 22, 2019.

Gloria entered Eternal Rest holding the hands of her beloved husband Jack (John) and wonderful loving grandson Kevin K. R. Morrow, who passed on Nov. 17, 2014.

Gloria was born April 11, 1932, in Sidney, Ohio, the only daughter of the late Kenneth and Leona (Vondenhuevel) Richards.

Gloria was a 1950 graduate of Urbana High School, in Urbana, Ohio. She attended Urbana University and Cerro Coso Community College in Ridgecrest.

She was married Sept. 17, 1954, at Fort Benning, Ga., to the love of her life John (Jack) Morrow of Cable, Ohio. Jack predeceased her on April 23, 2003.

During a blissful 48.5 years of marriage the couple had three wonderful and beloved children. Left to cherish her memory are her children, John Morrow (Carla) of Grove City, Ohio; Charlotte Morrow of Springfield, Ohio; and Barbara Austin (Stan) of Ridgecrest.

Also surviving her are four incredible and adoring grandchildren, Tiffany Austin of Springfield Ohio; Jeremiah Morrow (Kayla) of Lucasville, Ohio; Stanley M. Austin (Erin) of Ridgecrest; and Amy Morrow of Grove City, Ohio; her adorable great grandson Lucian Morrow and two precious great granddaughters Maelyn and Nora-Jean Morrow all of Lucasville, Ohio.

Gloria is also survived by her brother Ed, her brothers-in-laws, sisters-in laws, many nieces, nephews, cousins and all their families, as well as numerous friends all around the country.

Gloria was a charter member of the Rainbow Girls Chapter 52 of Urbana, Ohio. She was also a member of the Engineering Wives Association at Ohio State University and president of the group, 1961-62. Gloria was also an active member of the Ohio National Guard Officers’ Wives Association and the Northland High School Athletic Boosters, winning the Sandy Potter Award for many contributions to the group.

Gloria was a resident of the Northland area from 1963 to 1975. She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church.

Jack’s work moved him and Gloria to Ridgecrest in fall 1975. Gloria joined WACOM and became an active member, serving as president of the group 2003-04. She became chairman of the WACOM Thrift Shop 2009-16, and still actively worked at the thrift shop until her passing.

Gloria was also an active member of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation, the Optimist Club, Habitat for Humanity, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and on the steering committee and a founding member of the local Boys and Girls Club. Gloria belonged to many bridge groups and enjoyed getting together with all her friends to play bridge and host luncheons.

Gloria worked in the Administration Office at the Naval Medical Clinic, Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. She loved meeting all the young active-duty military personnel she worked with over the years and became lifelong friends with many. Gloria retired in 1997, after working there for 18 years.

Preparation and transportation are being handled through Holland & Lyons Mortuary. Gloria will be flown to Ohio for visitation and funeral services on Dec. 7, 2019. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the service will be 1-2 p.m. at Walter and Lewis Funeral Home in Ohio. Burial will be beside her beloved husband and parents in Oakdale Cemetery, Urbana, Ohio.

Her family will hold a celebration of her life in Ridgecrest in early 2020.

Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, her favorite charity for many years.

To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die!

— Submitted by the family of Gloria Morrow

Story First Published: 2019-12-06