Gloria Bass Webster was born on February 25, 1943, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Cleophas Beaumont Bass and Emma Elizabeth Bass. Despite the WWII climate on the world scene when she was born, her childhood was a happy one. Gloria spent her childhood days carefree, running and laughing, even playing with a slinky, the popular children’s toy invented the same year she was born.
Career-driven and goal-oriented, Gloria obtained degrees in early childhood development, gerontology (caring for the elderly), and criminal justice. With a diverse skill set, Gloria worked at the Marysville Reformatory for Women, owned and operated a childcare business and also served as a latchkey teacher in a before/after-school program. While these jobs were fulfilling, the job Gloria enjoyed most had nothing to do with her degrees, but with her God given talent; catering and planning weddings. Her floral arrangements were popular features at weddings, anniversaries, graduations, retirements and the list goes on.
Gloria met and married Winfield Webster Sr., and to this union five children were born. Baptized at an early age, Gloria was a faithful member of the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith where she was Captain of the Women’s Usher, a member of the Women’s Choir, Service League, Sister’s Club, Hospitality and many other groups. She later became a member of Zion Christian Assembly in Canal Winchester, Ohio, and was faithful as long as her health permitted.
Throughout her years at Zion Christian Assembly, her passions included service projects in which she and the Women’s Ministry Department would supply homeless shelters with gloves, hats, toiletries, and whatever essentials were needed. From singing in the choir to ushering, Gloria participated in many church ministries and often attended church ”eight” days a week.
Two of Gloria’s favorite verses were Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” and Psalm 48:1, the first part of which she readily quoted when sharing God’s goodness with others, “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised…”. May all those who knew and loved her continue to believe in the same God she believed and trusted, recognizing that even now during this difficult loss, that god will supply your needs and is always worthy to be praised.
Near to the end of her life, Gloria may not have been able to vigorously pursue her passions as she once had, but her greatest passion-family- was in no way neglected. She was a beloved mother who was affectionately known as Mee-maw by her posterity. “She valued us” Paulette Webster said of her mom’s greatest passion. “She always made sure we were right, even before they rolled her out the (hospital) room she said –“go get something to eat and take your medicine.”
Gloria was a fashionista who donned matching hats, shoes, stylish dresses, pantsuits, and purses. She was a woman who praise the Lord with her whole heart. Gloria was larger than life and loved every moment of the life God blessed her with.
Gloria was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Cleophas Beaumont Bass and Emma Elizabeth Bass, two siblings, Tony Bass and Deborah Mays.
Although Gloria’s beautiful light dimmed on Monday, December 9, her legacy shines brightly in her children, Winfield Webster, Jr., Marie (Kali) Khanga, Yvette Wyndham, Georgana (Kevin) Matthews and Paulette Webster; along with her 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Gloria is survived by her younger twin siblings, Vaughn Bass and Vivian Bass, a well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Family will receive friends Friday, December 20, 2019, from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at Zion Christian Assembly, 6930 Motts Place Rd, Canal Winchester, OH 43110. Interment Glen Rest Memorial Estate.
Arrangements by WHITE’S FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 867 S. JAMES ROAD, COLS, OH 43227, BENJAMIN F. “BENNY” WHITE, JR, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, (614)947-1123, whitesfh867.com.
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