Gloria Stewart

January 10, 1926 ‒ October 10, 2014

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: To know Gloria Stewart was to know a woman who was not afraid to work. A good day’s work let her sleep soundly at night, and when she awoke, she looked forward to the next day. When Gloria tackled a job, it mattered! She didn’t just think about or plan to do something; she approached everything – from her career to family projects – with thorough preparation and execution. For Gloria Stewart, her work mattered.

Gloria’s time for work is done as she passed away Friday evening October 10, 2014 in Colonial Manor Care Center in Loudonville. She was 88.

Born Gloria Gray McLaughlin January 10, 1926 in Shiloh to Arthur and Mildred (Gray) McLaughlin, she was graduated from Lexington High School.

Earlier in her career she had worked at Westinghouse, and she always helped her husband Harold Stewart with his milk route, but Gloria served for years as a dispatcher for the Richland County Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It was a position she loved, and the patrolmen became a second family to her. She retired in 2000.

Remembered for her vibrant red hair, Gloria always presented herself perfected coiffed and dressed to a “tee.” A bad hair day was not a valid excuse for calling in sick.

Gloria didn’t know the meaning of the word “no.” From simple advice to practical help to elbow grease, Gloria was always available to help get the work done.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Sandy Cochran of Butler, Judy and Chuck Carman of Culleoka, Tennessee and Sue and Larry Shope of Bellville; grandchildren Mike Cochran, Shanna (Andy) Soliday, Tami (Jeff) Cunningham, Sonny (Andrea) Gaddis, Todd Kemp, Chad Kemp, and Darrin (Shannon) Shope; great grandchildren Layla, Lincoln, Summer (Anthony Savage), Dylan, Duke, Sammy, Karli, Alek, Justin, and Caleb; a sister Kathleen Gregersen in California, brothers Jim McLaughlin in Florida and Art (Sue) McLaughlin in Mexico, a sister-in-law Helen McLaughlin of Bellville; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Her husband Harold Raymond Stewart preceded her in death on January 4, 2013. Also deceased are her brothers Fred McLaughlin and Wes McLaughlin.

Her family will receive friends Monday, October 13, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Hospice of North Central Ohio or the Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Mrs. Stewart’s family, and messages of sympathy and support may be made to them at:

  • Sorry to hear about your mother. She was a great lady. You all have our deepest Sympathy.

  • Gloria was truly an iconic figure in the history of the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She was beloved by all those that she worked with. God bless her and may she rest in peace.

  • Gloria was loved by everyone. She truly cared about others and wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of. Prayers to her family.

  • You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gloria was a great help to me as a young, new cadet dispatcher. She was a wonderful lady and loved by all. My sympathy to your family.

  • Nothing but fond and delightful memories of this very fine Lady. I worked with Gloria for over three years, and she taught me all that I needed to know to be a successful Cadet Dispatcher at P-70. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stewart family, during this very difficult time of transition. (RIP Redd!)

  • Gloria was always a huge help when I dispatched for Richland County. When I made the change from county to state, she became instrumental in my career with the Highway Patrol. She’s never been far from my thoughts even after so many years after her retirement. My heart breaks for her family and prayers go out to you in your time of loss and grief. Gloria truly was a very special lady.

  • Sorry to hear about your loses my mom Dorothy passed away Oct 12014 she babysit. Tammy and Sonny your mom came and pick them up at our house a few times I remember that she was always on the go prayers are with you and your families God blessed they are in a better place

  • Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. I am so glad that I got to know Gloria through the Alzheimer’s support group a couple of years ago at Colonial Manor. She was a blessing in my life. And it was a blessing to work with Gloria’s grandson Mike. May God give you the strength you need at this time. I’m praying for you.

    With Love,
    Alisa Frank

  • May Gloria’s family take pride in having a loved one who was a quality professional in all ways. She was also a good friend to me on the many visits I made to the Mansfield Post to conduct polygraph examinations on all manner of folks in the Post 70 basement and other investigative visits from 1970 to 1990.

    Doug Wells OSP Retiree

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. We have had various connections over the years with several members of the family.
    Dean & Linda (McGugin) Shira