Obituary of Gloria Canada
Bloomington, IN – Gloria Dawn (Harnish) Canada, 62, of Bloomington, IN, died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at IU Health Hospice House.
Born May 31, 1955 in Muncie, IN., she was the daughter of Byrl and Phyllis (Hoskins) Harnish. She married Jeffrey S. Canada, on July 4th, 1987. Along with Jeffrey and Steve Connor, she was a co-founder and co-director of International Leadership Initiatives, Inc. and a former member of the Bloomington/Bedford MLS as a licensed Realtor. She was a member of Hillcrest Christian Church and the MIE Church in Anagni, Italy. For the past 12+ years Gloria has dedicated her life to mentoring and encouraging youth and young adults in as many as 20 countries. She has impacted many lives around the world, her legacy and influence will continue for generations.
Survivors include husband Jeffrey Canada; sisters, Kathyrn (Terry) Simmons and Linda (Harnish) Knapp; brother, Byrl (Lennie) Harnish, Jr.; son, Richard“Marc” (Shavonne) Jackson; daughters, Angela (Billy) Downing, Jennifer (Eric) McCormick; nephews, William Hollowell, Jonathon (Jodi) Knapp, Phillip (Becky) Hollowell, Jedidiah Johnson, Byrl “Trey” Harnish III, Clayton Lumpe; nieces, Stacy (Nick) Sheldon and Robin Lumpe; granddaughters, Savannah and Brooklynn Downing, Maliyah Hale, Arionna Jackson, Emily McCormick; grandsons, Brannon McCormick, Clayton McCormick, Mason, McCormick, Jonathon Wood, Phillip Downing, Robert Downing, Andrew Downing, Steven Hurst Jr., Roman Jackson, and Steven McGlocklin; great-grandchildren, Abigail Downing, Liam Downing and Bentleey McGlocklin.
Gloria would tell you she has many “adopted children from around the world, and she loved them all as her own. She is preceded in death by her father Byrl L. Harnish, mother Phyllis E. Harnish, and nephew Joseph E. Knapp.
A Celebration service will be conducted on Wednesday, May 16th at 11 am, at Hillcrest Christian Church in Bedford, with Mark Fugate officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 pm on Tuesday at Hillcrest Christian Church and from 10 until the hour of service on Wednesday. The family asks that in lieu of flowers; friends consider memorial contributions be made to “The Italian Mission”, tax deductible donations can be made online @ www.intleader.org/support/ or checks can be made out to Hillcrest Christian Church, please mark “Italian Mission” in memo.