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Gladys Barkley, 106, of Convoy, Ohio, passed away at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Vancrest of Convoy.
Gladys was born September 29, 1906, in Tully Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, to the late Gilbert F. and Rosa Etta (Feasby) Fensler. She was one of eight children.
She married Floyd H. Barkley on May 31, 1928; he preceded her in death on July 4, 1990.
Gladys was a homemaker. As a child, she traveled by horse and buggy and walked to a one-room schoolhouse. She saw numerous changes throughout her lifetime, such as telephones, electricity, running water, automobiles, and TVs, to name only a few. She enjoyed gardening and canning and was an excellent cook. Her specialty was homemade pies. Gladys was a helpful neighbor and devoted mother who was loved by everyone who became acquainted with her.
She was a member of Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church and a former Sunday School teacher. She was fortunate to be able to stay in her own home until the age of 103. Gladys devoted her life to family and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Among survivors are three sons, Harold (Marie) Barkley and Max (Nancy) Barkley, both of Fort Wayne, and Mervin (Arlene) Barkley of Scott, Ohio; two daughters, Carol J. Cavanaugh and Eula Rose Jerome, both of Convoy; sister-in-law, Joella Fensler of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren, Matt (Stacy) Cavanaugh of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; Chris (Cathy) Cavanaugh of San Diego, Calif.; Mitchell (Erica) Barkley of Toledo; Kim (Bob) Freiberger of Fort Wayne; Jennine (Bob) Coakley of Laguna Niquel, Calif.; John Barkley of Deland, Fla.; Debra (Brian) Ruble of Grover Hill, Ohio; Don (Diane) Snyder of Findlay, Ohio; Tom (Julie) Barkley of Fort Wayne; Greg (Claire) Householder of Roanoke, Ind.; Jim (Mariann) Cavanaugh of Indianapolis; and Jackie (Kevin) Nielsen of Lafayette, Ind.; nine great-grandchildren, Chloe and Brody Cavanaugh, Meghan and Ethan Cavanaugh, John, Jim, and Mary Beth Cavanaugh, Adam Nielsen, Nicole (Lance) Housinger, Sara (Zach) Miller, Andy Linderberg, Chris Linderberg, Devon Barkley, Griffen Barkley, Gage Barkley, Nathaniel (Kelsey) Barkley, Abigail Coakley, Nicholas (Kerry) Ruble, Rebecca Ruble, Danielle Snyder, Meg Barkley, Natalie Householder, and Amanda Householder; three great-great grandchildren, Haley and Madelin Miller, and Maddox Barkley; and several nieces and nephews.
Gladys was preceded in death by a grandson, Scott Barkley; daughter-in-law, Nancy J. Barkley; two sons-in-law, Jim Cavanaugh and Kenneth Bill Jerome; four brothers, Floyd, Herbert, Russell, and Lester Fensler; and three sisters, Lela Crabtree, Ruby Marie Lare, and Wilma Black.
Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, July 29, at Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Convoy, Ohio.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, also at the church, with Rev. Wayne Kargas officiating.
Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Tully Township, Van Wert County, Ohio.
Preferred memorials are to Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church or Vancrest of Convoy Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.