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Gloria Ann Barnes peacefully entered eternal rest on Sunday, October 29, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, faith, and unwavering dedication to family. She was born on June 8, 1949, in Greenville, Georgia, to the late Rubin Shelton and Imogene (Rosser) Shelton. Gloria was the third of six children, and she was preceded in death by her siblings, Elizabeth, Bennie, and Jacqueline.
Education and faith played important roles in Gloria’s life. She was educated in the Cincinnati Public School System, graduating from Woodward High School in 1967. She dedicated herself to her spiritual journey at the age of 10, when she was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Woodlawn, under the guidance of the late Rev. Doctor Earnest L. Benson, Jr. Later in life, she and her beloved husband, Johnnie Barnes, transferred their membership to the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, led by Rev. Damon Lynch.
Gloria’s professional career was characterized by her loyalty and determination. She began her career at General Electric Credit Union in Evendale on May 10, 1982. Fueled by her ambition, she attended night school, eventually earning an Associate degree in Accounting. These credentials led to her appointment as Loan Supervisor at the main office, and in the spring of 2000, she assumed the role of Mason Office Manager.
Over the course of her career, Gloria’s responsibilities evolved in tandem with the growth of the Credit Union. She played an instrumental role in establishing Fairfield and Indian Hill Credit Unions, always radiating a positive and professional attitude
at every new facility. Gloria retired after 33 years of service, leaving her mark on the company, her colleagues and customers.
Most notably, Gloria was known for her impeccable and effortless fashion. Her hair was always styled to perfection, and her radiant smile lit up the room, accompanied by her trademark red lipstick.
She was a faith-filled woman of God, embodying love and compassion in her roles as a wife, mother, grandmother, affectionately known as “Granny”, sister, aunt and sister-in-law.
She leaves behind a cherished family, including her loving husband of 25 years, Johnnie; her daughters, Sherelle Antoinette Olverson of Cincinnati, OH and Janice Jackson of Mobile, AL; her sons, Ronald Olverson, Jr. (Sandra) of Cincinnati, OH, Bernard and Andre Barnes of Atlanta, GA. Gloria mourned the loss of her dear son and grandson, Todd Barnes, Sr. and Todd Jr. of Atlanta, GA. She is also survived by her adoring grandchildren, Ashley Olverson of Florida, Ronda Lyle (Tommy) of Dayton, OH, Eric, Erend and Erris Long of Cincinnati, OH, Eve White (Lawrence) of Atlanta, GA, as well as Brian Barnes (Nathalie) and Crystal Barnes, both of Atlanta, GA. Her family also includes her sister, Margaret Murph, brother, Robert Shelton and sister-in-law, Bell McDonald, all of Cincinnati, OH; and two aunts, Thelma Smith and Florine Clark of Atlanta, GA. Gloria leaves behind a remarkable 15 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. Her memory will forever remain in our hearts as a shining example of love, strength and grace.
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