Gladys Barkley, aged 106 years, 9 months and 25 days, of Convoy, passed away at 7 a.m., Wednesday, at VanCrest of Convoy.
She was born on September 29, 1906, in Tully Township, the daughter of the late Gilbert Franklin and Rosa Etta (Feasby) Fensler. On May 31, 1928, she married Floyd H. Barkley who died on July 4, 1990.
Family survivors include three sons, Harold (Marie) Barkley of Fort Wayne, IN, Max (Nancy) Barkley of Fort Wayne, IN and Mervin (Arlene) Barkley of Scott, OH; two daughters, Carol J. Cavanaugh and Eula Rose Jerome both of Convoy; a sister-in-law, Joella Fensler of Fort Wayne; twelve grandchildren, Matt (Stacy) Cavanaugh of Aliso Viejo, CA, Chris (Cathy) Cavanaugh of San Diego, CA, Mitchell (Erica) Barkley of Toledo, Kim (Bob) Freiberger of Fort Wayne, Jennine (Bob) Coakley of Laguna Niquel, CA John Barkley of Deland, Florida, Debra (Brian) Ruble of Grover Hill, Ohio, Don (Diane) Snyder of Findlay, Tom (Julie) Barkley of Fort Wayne, and Greg (Claire) Householder of Roanoke, Indiana, Jim (Marianne) Cavanaugh of Indianapolis, Jackie (Kevin) Nielsen of Lafayette, Indiana; nine great grandchildren, Chloe & Brody Cavanaugh, Meghan & Ethan Cavanaugh, John, Jim, & Mary Beth Cavanaugh, Adam Nielsen, Nicole (Lance) Housinger, Sara (Zach) Miller, Andy Lingerberg, Chris Linderberg, Devon Barkley, Griffen Barkley, Gage Barkley, Nathaniel (Kelsey) Barkley, Abigail Coakley, Nicholas (Kerry) Ruble, Rebecca Ruble, Danielle Snyder, Meg Barkley, Natalie & Amanda Householder; three great great grandchildren, Haley & Madelin Miller, & Maddox Barkley; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Scott Barkley; a 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.
Gladys traveled by horse and buggy as a child and walked to a one room schoolhouse. She saw numerous changes throughout her lifetime such as telephones, electricity, running water, automobiles, and TV's to name only a few. She enjoyed gardening and canning and was an excellent cook as well. Homemade pies were her speciality. She was a helpful neighbor, a devoted mother and 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 so fortunate to be able to stay in her own home until the age of 103. She devoted her life to family and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2013, at Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne Kargas officiating. Burial will follow at Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday 1 - 7 p.m., at Cowan & Son Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Monday at the Church.
Preferred memorials are to Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church or VanCrest of Convoy Activity Fund.