Dawn Forrest James Gledhill

December 23, 1929 ‒ March 18, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Dawn Forrest James Gledhill, 88, of Galion, passed away on Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2018 in her home. She had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

She was born on December 23, 1929 in Galion Ohio and was the daughter of the late Clyde and Katherine Hartman Forrest. She is preceded in death by her husband Elwood Gledhill, daughter Vicki Lynn James (Bonomini) (2002) and granddaughter Jaqueline Michelle Slinger (1984). She is also survived by a step-son and daughter-in-law; Tom and Jan Gledhill of Galion.

Dawn is survived by her sister, Avis Forrest Fabian of Fairfield Glade, TN. One son, Paul Gerald James Jr. “Jim” of Galion; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheri (James) and Mike Slinger of Dublin Ohio; five grandchildren (who all thought they were her favorite), Shane, Corey and Nikki Bonomini of Cleveland, Adam (Jill) Slinger, Lindy (Brad) Lyon of Dublin. She is also survived by one Nephew, David Fabian of Fairfield Glade, TN; five great grandchildren, Marisa Hlas (Cleveland), Austin, Avery, JJ Slinger and Lex Lyon (Dublin).

Dawn was a 1947 Galion High School Graduate and continued to grow her strong work ethic landing a job at Hercules following graduation. She joined the work force at North Electric/ITT (Galion/Delaware) and worked there from1959-1987. During this time, she was a prototype buyer, procurement coordinator, material coordinator supervisor and a supervisor of office services. After Working for ITT, Dawn continued her career at Globitron in Mansfield (1989 -1993).

As well as taking on these work responsibilities she had an additional career as an “Avon Lady”. This she did proudly for 48 years. We do believe she might be the longest running Avon Lady in Ohio, if not the country. And we do mean “running”. Dawn was often referred to as the “energizer bunny” always running, never walking, and in heels, no less!

When she married Elwood in 1993 she retired and became a snowbird spending winters in Sebring, Florida. And her smile got even bigger.

Dawn was an avid golfer, making a “hole in one” at the Galion Country Club on August 6th 2002, at the age of 72. She also loved bowling, dancing, walking, fishing, water aerobics, playing cards and attending class luncheons. She loved traveling with family and visited London, Paris, New York City and many other great cites. She truly loved people and dogs and they all loved her back.

While she was proud of her career accomplishments she had great pride in the family she raised and spent enormous amounts of time celebrating life with all of them, dividing her time between Cleveland, Dublin and Vermilion on Lake Erie.

Dawn had a strong love for God and her faith sustained her throughout her life. She is surly dancing with the saints.

There will be a “Celebration of Life” service at Peace Lutheran Church, 129 West Walnut Street, Galion, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Richard Genzman officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to HomeCare Matters Hospice or to Peace Lutheran Church.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Dawn Gledhill, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • What an absolute honor and blessing it was to take care of this precious lady in the last weeks of her life! Our great loss is heaven’s mighty gain. Until we meet again, I will cherish each memory of Dawn, and will be lifting her beautiful family in prayers for peace and comfort that surpass all understanding. Love and hugs to everyone who was lucky enough to know her, and the many souls she touched. Rest in sweet peace, precious lady. ♡

  • I first met Dawn when I was a Caregiver for her friend for 2 years. She would come and visit, and she and I became fast friends. She was kind, a lady, we shared our love for fashion and makeup. And I could confide in her about what I was experiencing. We talked weekly for those years. I visited her home with my patient for Dawn to do her hair. When given the opportunity to also be a Caregiver for her, I was elated. She was so thankful for everything we did, and was always sweet to us. I miss her sense of humor, her compliments, her saying I love you when I kissed her forehead. She left this world with her dignity, and loving care, and the humbling experience of helping someone you truly love transition from this life to their final home, is something I cherish. Her family has become my family, and I love them. I will not forget them, or her. She left her mark on our lives with the lady she was. Comfort and Peace to her family which, she adored. And they adored her.

  • So sorry to hear of Dawn’s passing. She had a real zest for life and made the most of it. She is now with Vicky who was a great friend through our elementary, high school and many years beyond. Sincere condolences to the entire family.

  • To the James and Gledhill Families,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Dawn.
    The Ron Nelson Family