Gladys Oyster

August 01, 1928 ‒ March 11, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE:  Gladys Oyster loved the village of Bellville. She loved its people and its activities – it was the center of her comfort zone. Though not one for personal attention, Gladys was compassionate and supportive of her community

The town has lost a lifelong resident, as Gladys, formerly of Myers Avenue, passed away Saturday morning March 11, 2017 in Sunrise of Worthington. She was 88.

Born Gladys Marie Myers August 1, 1928 in Galion, to Arthur and Hazel (Swank) Myers, she moved to Bellville as a young girl to graduate from Bellville High School in 1946.

In August of that year she married Clarence R. Oyster, and they were blessed with three children. Gladys set to raising the children and homemaking. She was an active member of Bellville Presbyterian Church and Ruth Chapter #17 Order of Eastern Star.

Vacation was time for a road trip. By car, she and Clarence visited most of the U.S., focusing on visiting family and seeing National Parks. A lifelong baseball fan, she was a diehard Cleveland Indians fan. Gladys was passionate about her family and politics, and her compassion extended to dogs – seemed she always had a canine companion: a Toy Fox Terrier, through the years.

She is survived by her daughter Patricia (Bruce) Fluty of Columbus; her son Robert M. Oyster of Longwood, FL; daughter-in-law Linda Winsett of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren; Renae (Doug) Knuth and Tracie (Dave) Ambler all of Columbus; step grandchildren April (Matt) Purper of New Albany, Adam (Nicole) Fluty of Westerville; and Jade Yezzi of Philadelphia; seven great grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Mary Louise Myers of Loveland, CO, Lois Oyster of Bellville and Betty Hammond of Bellville; numerous nieces and nephews; and her Rat Terrier Heidi.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence on January 22, 1999; her son William E. Oyster; brothers James, Robert, and Charles Myers; and a sister Betty Shade.

The Oyster family will receive friends Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to Richland County Humane Society may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Gladys and Clarence were such nice neighbors. We always enjoyed them. You have our sympathy, and may God Bless her family. Dale and Mary Lou Shafer of Winter Haven. Florida

  • Our sympathy to you Pat and Bobby our neighbors during those growing up years! We remember with love and wonder where the years have gone….God bless you.

  • Pat and Bob and family We will miss your Mother and my Aunt but now she is with her husband and the rest of her family. Love and prayers Janet and Merle Schulte

  • Hi, I’m Alice (Gordon)Walker.I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.Gladys and I went to country school together and then I moved to Ontario my junior and senior years.We were very close friends. She will be greatly missed by me and everyone who knew her.My thoughts and prayers are with all her family.Love and prayers to all. Alice (Gordon) Walker

  • Pat and Bob and Family: We are so sorry and are sending sympathy your way. Gladys was a special Aunt. It’s hard to think of the world without her. She had a lot of spunk and was ready for an adventure, whether on a trip to Colorado or Pennsylvania, but was always ready to head home to Bellville. When we think of her, we think of Clarence, our Ohio family, Bellville, V&M, sweet potatoes, Jones’ potato chips, and all her little terriers. All good times. We have lost a loved one, and the Animal Kingdom has lost a friend. Love from the Myers Family

  • To Pat , Robert and Family,

    Our sincere condolences on Gladys’ death. She was so friendly. She was one of the first people welcoming us to Bellville many years ago when we first moved to this community. She so loved her animals. May you be Blessed with loving memories.

    Nancy and (Dr.) Bob Snyder