Obituary of Gloria D. (Rivers) Deckard
Bedford – Gloria D. (Rivers) Deckard, 93, of Bedford, died at 12:15 pm on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at her residence.
Born July 3, 1925 in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Marvin and Gertrude (Holmes) Rivers. She married Oliver “Jody” Deckard in 1958 and he preceded her in death in 1993. She was a graduate of Needmore High School with the class of 1944. She was a homemaker, a member of the Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene and attended the Oolitic Baptist Church. She was an avid reader, especially Danielle Steele and John Grisham, and instilled a love of reading in her children. She loved to shop with her family. A devout Christian, she raised her children to be honest and always do the right thing, to have a strong character and work ethic, to never give up. She loved music and Alabama was her favorite group. Gloria worked hard to keep an orderly and tasteful household. She faced challenges in her life with grit and determination, was a great example for her children and grandchildren. A member of the greatest generation.
Survivors include two daughters, Jody Edwards and husband, Pete, of Bedford and Barbara Grinstead and husband, Steve, of Batavia, OH; a son, Bill Davis, of Bedford; three grandchildren, Andrew Davis and wife, Melissa, of Astoria, OR, James Edwards and wife, Kelsie, of Bedford, Megan Bowman and husband, Andrew, of Brazil, IN; two sisters, Cathy McIntyre and husband, Terry, and Donna Carpenter, both of Bedford; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a step-son, Jerry Deckard.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 12th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Richard Tallman and Rev. Taylor Quinley officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 11th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family would like to thank I.U. Health Hospice for the wonderful care given to Gloria and ask that friends consider memorial contributions be made to I.U. Hospice House. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.