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Gladys B. McGinley


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Gladys B. McGinley Obituary
Gladys B. McGinley died Tuesday, June 9, surrounded by family. AR SLI NA FIRINNE. Born to George F. and Florence Barry in Plainfield, New Jersey, on June 27, 1923, Gladys graduated from Plainfield High School and worked as a bookkeeper before enlisting in the Navy during WWII. She was stationed in Long Beach, California and served 2 years until being honorably discharged. Shortly after returning home to New Jersey, she met Charles W. McGinley Jr. They were married on September 21, 1946. They had three children, all surviving: Charles W. McGinley III (Alice Parsons), Michael McGinley (Kathy), and Kaycee McGinley (Dwight Ellingwood). In December 1961 the family, along with Archie the dog, headed west in their gray Ford station wagon to establish their new home in Salt Lake City. Widowed at age 57, Gladys was devastated, but chose to embrace life anyway. Travelling brought her many adventures including kissing the Blarney Stone, viewing the pyramids from camelback, touching Stonehenge, walking the Great Wall of China, navigating the fiords of Norway, touring Red Square in Moscow and attending every big and small family and extended family event wherever it took place. Gladys also attended weekly Mass at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, worked until she was 75, played bridge on Fridays with "the girls," served on the boards of SWORDs and 49'ers, and bowled competitively until age 90. A voracious reader, books were her lifelong friends and numbered in the 1,000's. Her children, 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and extended family members treasure the important role she played in each of their lives. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her siblings, Mae Breitfeller, Charles Barry and Florence Del Pappa.
A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Catherine of Sienna, Newman Center, 170 South University. Holy Rosary will be recited Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South, where friends may call from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Committal, Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 275 "U" Street.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 14, 2015
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