Gwendolyn “Gwen” Childers was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Ruthie Mae Farmer on April 8, 1945. Gwen grew up in the West End. She found Christ at an early age and joined New Prospect Baptist Church, which she attended until she joined Second Trinity Baptist Church in 1997.
As a teenager, Gwen was adopted by her stepfather, Harry Thomas. She graduated from Withrow High School in 1963. After finishing high school, she started a job at Cincinnati Gas & Electric as a clerk. Shortly after high school, Gwen met her first husband Gerald Mann. They married in 1966. From their union, they had three sons: Darrell, Corey and Keith. Gwen became a widow in 1985 after Gerald passed away.
In 1990, Gwen was blessed to find love again when she met Dan Childers. Gwen and Dan married on August 11, 1997. Gwen worked her way up to an Office Coordinator, and after over 40 years at Cincinnati Gas & Electric, Gwen retired. In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling with Dan to visit family, playing Scrabble, going out to eat with friends, getting her hair done, sewing and spending time with her great-grandchildren. During her time at Second Trinity Baptist Church, Gwen served as the former Women’s Ministry Chair, Member of the Hospitality Committee, Sunday School Teacher for high schoolers and young adults, Chairperson of Deaconess Board and Children’s Church Teacher. Gwen took great pride in decorating the church for special events and holidays.
Gwen leaves to cherish: her husband, Dan; sons, Darrell (Crystal) Mann, Corey Mann, Keith (Teresa) Mann, Danny Childers and Ricky Childers; grandchildren, Marquisse (Antwon) Watson, Darrell Mann, Jr., Keyonne Mann, Dey Janera Mann, Kayla Bankhead, Corey Mann, Jr., Ricky Childers, Jr., Tina Childers and Timothy Childers; great-grandchildren, Antwon Watson, Jr., Andrew Watson, Aiden Watson, Kiale Bankhead, Davieon Mattocks and Karson Bankhead; brothers, Shaun Thomas and Adrain Thomas; aunt, Jacqueline Garrett; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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