Mrs. Willora "Gloria" Stalvey Guthrie

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Mrs. Willora "Gloria" Stalvey Guthrie, age 88, born Aug. 14, 1920, in Homerville, passed away Monday, June 15, 2009, at the home of her daughter following a period of declining health due to a fall. She was a member of Dahlonega Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Ivan Guthrie; her parents, Matthew and Tilda Stalvey; and her brother, Matthew Stalvey Jr.
In December 1940, Gloria first came to north Georgia when she accepted a job with the State Highway Department in Atlanta. She resigned that position a year later to work for the War Department, Fourth Service command. Shortly after that she met her future husband Ivan on a blind date and they were married one year later in December of 1942, in the Coal Mountain community of Forsyth County.
Gloria transferred to Ft. Custer, Mich. to be with her husband until he went overseas at which point she transferred back to Ft. McPherson to work at headquarters for the 3rd Army. In 1952, after living on North Avenue since World War II, the couple purchased a home in Alpharetta, remaining there until 1956, when they moved to Atlanta to start a new company. She worked in the family businesses until 1964, when she took a human resources job with the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Working at CDC until retirement in 1985, her last position was incentive awards officer. She moved to Dahlonega in 2001, after selling her home in Snellville.
Gloria is survived by her son, Ken Guthrie and his wife Ellie and their two sons, Eric and Ty Guthrie, all of Atlanta; daughter and son-in-law, Chet and Janet Guthrie Barger and their sons, Brett and Jeff Barger, all of Dahlonega; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives. She also leaves behind her caregivers, Patti and Cori.
At the specific request of the deceased, the body has been cremated and interred in the family plot next to her husband at Midway Methodist Church in Cumming. Also at her request, the family will gather at a later date for a private memorial. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Dahlonega Baptist Church, their local hospice program, or the charity of their choice.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from June 16 to June 19, 2009