Gainesville - Gloria Jean Wooten left us to be with her heavenly Father on January 24, 2013. She was born in Frostproof, Florida on October 5, 1939, and spent 48 years in nearby Avon Park, before moving to Gainesville in 1988.

Gloria was a member of Grace Baptist Church. She enjoyed the creative outlet of oil painting and painted many lovely, flowering landscapes as well as portraits of animals and people. Gloria worked as an administrative assistant and executive secretary at Shands UF for several years and recently retired as financial secretary at her home church, Grace Baptist. But Gloria's greatest joy came from serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She taught children in Sunday School for many years, and participated in several prayer groups.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Philip J. Wooten, to whom she was married for 56 years; her daughters, Pam Irvin (Leon) of Palm Bay, Florida and Tess Rushlo of High Springs, Florida; her grandchildren, Chandler Irvin of Ruskin, Florida and Kendall Irvin of Melbourne, Florida; her sister, Beverly Gail Harris of Avon Park, Florida and her cousin Dan Bruce of Naples, Florida.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Grace Baptist Church, 7100 NW 39th Avenue, at 12:00 PM with Rev. Jim Riley officiating. Interment will be at Countryside Cemetery, 10926 NW 39th Ave. following the service. Family will receive guests on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at WILLIAMS-THOMAS WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd Street.

Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd Street.



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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2013