Known to friends and family as Gloanah, passed away peacefully at her home in Los Osos, California, surrounded by her four children, Bishop, Denise, Toni and Todd on July 31, 2016. Her positive outlook on life allowed her to bravely battle her illness as she continued delivering life lessons to family and everyone she encountered. She lamented passing as she still had lessons to teach.
She left behind four children, son Bishop Decker and wife Kathy, daughter Denise and her husband Bill Barker, daughter Toni and husband Greg Gibbons, son Todd Decker and wife Penny. She left behind 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren who knew her affectionately as "Grammy Glo" Her legacy will live on for many generations through the "Grammy Glo" stories that have been shared within her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Omer Pearl, "OP", and Celia Rennels, sisters, Lula, Vivian, Phyllis and brothers, Jim, John, Bill and Jerry. She lost the love of her life, Ed Bruce, in 2009. She longed for his smile and his touch until the moment she passed away.
Gloanah was born in the small town of Coalinga, California on June 30, 1929. Not long after her birth the family moved to Taft, California to the home affectionately known as, "808 North Street". She graduated from Taft High School in 1947 and briefly attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. After her return to Taft she met Vernon Decker, a WWII Navy veteran. They were married in 1950 and raised four children in Bakersfield, CA. Gloanah worked at home raising her children and along the way worked at JC Penney, was actively involved in the PTA organization at Wayside Elementary School, including a stint as the PTA President and worked in the Panama School District.
She worked at Stinson Stationers, and retired from Familian Pipe and Supply Company. In 1990 she was reunited with her high school sweetheart, Ed Bruce. They were married on January 10, 1991 and remained deeply in love. In 1993 Gloanah and Ed moved to Morro Shores Park in the town of Los Osos, CA. She and Ed were well known and actively involved in the park's numerous activities. She made many enduring friendships, many of whom attended her Monday, Wednesday and Friday Tai Chi class.
Central Coast Hospice care provided a team of angels comforting Gloanah as she bravely dealt with her illness. Her nurse Colleen was heaven sent and Gloanah thoroughly adored her. Sara, the social worker, established an immediate bond with her. Gloanah looked forward to Ashlynn's three times per week visits. The chaplain, Carolyn, deeply touched Gloanah and her family. The hospice organization was immensely appreciated by the family. Gloanah's family would like to thank the many friends in Morro Shores who looked in on Gloanah and a special thanks to Shirley Harris, Gloanah's longtime friend and recent caregiver.
In respect of Gloanahs's wishes there will be no service. In lieu of flowers please donate to Central Coast Hospice or to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in Gloanah's name.
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