JEROMESVILLE -- Gloria J. Salyer, 85, went to meet The Lord July 25, 2014. She was a long-term resident of Kingston in Ashland.

In addition to Kingston, Gloria also called Jeromesville, Portales, N.M., and Marietta home during her lifetime.

She had a very lively spirit, a quick mind and an incredibly kind heart.

Gloria was born to the late John C. and Doris Ross on May 9, 1929, in Newcomerstown. She graduated from Newcomerstown High School in 1947 and received her Bachelor's in Special Education from The Ohio State University in 1951.

Gloria was a dedicated special education teacher until her retirement in 1987. She was passionate about helping students succeed and gain real-life skills. After her retirement form teaching, she worked for a number of community service organizations, including The Council for Family and Children serving Ashland County and Mommies' Friend in Portales, N.M., both organizations provided support and education to new mothers. Gloria believed in honoring The Lord by giving to others and service to community.

Gloria was a voracious reader, an avid letter writer, and lover of family, friends, cats, cows, and NASCAR. She relished a good conversation, a shared cup of coffee with double cream and sugar and watching the cars run the oval, particularly under the Saturday night lights. She also enjoyed tending to her hanging baskets, watching the bird at her many feeders, and music -- everything from bagpipes to Willie Nelson to a lively Mexican mariachi tune.

In addition to her parents, Gloria was preceded in death by her son, John W. Salyer in 1972; and her stepdaughter, Karen Richey in 2010.

Gloria is survived by three children and three step-children, Sylvia Warters (Dale) of Jeromesville, John "Chip" Salyer (Karen) of Glenmont, Rick Salyer of Medina; Mary Stover (Steve Heslep) of Akron, Linda Black of Ashland, and Robert Salyer of Ashland. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, Gloria wished for those dear to her to make doantions or volunteer time to charitable organizations. Some of those dear to her heart, included the Victory Junction Camp, the Humane Society of Ashland County, Hospice of North Central Ohio and the Ashland Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

Private funeral services will be held for the family at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville. The burial will be in Jeromesville Cemetery.

Due to a family health issue, a memorial/celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date for the countless friends Gloria made over the years.