Obituary of Gloria E Day
Gloria Edith McClane was born to Sidney & Ida McClane on March 1, 1926 in Hicksville, New York.
She was welcomed by her brother, Sidney. Gloria’s dad was a custodian for the Roosevelt Public
Schools on Long Island and the family lived in a lovely home on Clinton Avenue in Roosevelt. She
graduated from Hempstead High School.
Around this time, America was at war and Gloria’s brother Sidney was preparing to enter the Army.
The McClane family never had been regular churchgoers, but one Sunday evening Sidney went to
the First Baptist Church in Hempstead and accepted Christ as his personal Savior. He came home
and was very excited about this and wanted to share it with his family. The next Sunday they all
went to church together. Soon thereafter, the rest of the family accepted Christ and became active
members of Hempstead Baptist Church with Robert Hayden as their pastor. Gloria was in the choir
and assisted in Sunday School. She and her friends would go to New York City on Saturdays to
attend Word Of Life Youth Rallies with the Reverend Jack Wyrtzen. She volunteered in the Word Of
Life offices and attended camp, where she was a counselor.
In the meantime, back at Hempstead Baptist Church, a young service man named Richard Turley
who was stationed at Mitchell Field started attending. One Sunday evening Dick arrived to church
with several of his army buddies. He spotted Gloria and asked, “Do you mind if the army sits with
you tonight?” She happily accepted. Dick and Gloria started attending church together, as well as
Word of Life rallies. They enjoyed invitations to friends’ homes and Sunday meals at Gloria’s
parents’ home in Roosevelt.
Dick was called into active duty in 1942, and so began a very active letter writing phase. Together
they talked about the Lord and their wishes for being in Christian service. Their love for each other
continued to grow. Dick came home in 1945 and soon after, he and Gloria became engaged and
started planning their wedding. They were married at First Baptist Church in Hempstead on
December 29, 1945, by the Reverend Coulson Shepherd. Coulson and his wife Edith were friends of
Gloria’s mother Ida. They were instrumental in helping the family to grow in their Christian faith
and remained friends to the end of their earthly journey.
On March 11, 1944, Gloria’s Brother Sid was killed in an auto accident in England while serving in
the War. At this time, Gloria and Dick decided together to be missionaries. Dick began attending
college, first at Eastern Baptist Seminary in Pennsylvania and then at the King’s College in
During Dick’s college years, their family grew. Richard arrived in 1949 and Glen in 1952. The young
family experienced a tragedy when, as they were heading to meet with Hiawatha Land Baptist
Mission, they were involved in a car accident. The Reverend Arthur Glenn, the mission board
director who was with them in the car, was killed.
Not long after, they moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and served at Watersmeet Baptist
Church, replacing the Reverend Guy King who later became director of the mission board. In 1955,
while still living in the U. P., their daughter Marcia was born. From Michigan the family moved to
Ripon, Wisconsin and started the town’s first Baptist church: Ripon Baptist.
Dick and Gloria served there until they were called to sunny Florida where they started the Sunlit
Shores Baptist Church in 1967. Their family grew by one more in 1969 when Sheralee was born.
Before long they were called to Gainesville and started the Gainesville Baptist Church and Dick
became a forever Florida Gator fan. They continued their ministry there until they felt a call to
retire to Maranatha Village in Sebring. Dick soon became an associate pastor at Maranatha Baptist.
During this time, Gloria began a ministry to the Palms Nursing Home where she organized monthly
birthday parties for the residents. This continued for many years.
In 1990, Dick was diagnosed with cancer. Gloria lovingly cared for him until he was called home in
1994. She then became a volunteer with Good Shepherd Hospice and served there for several
years. After Dick passed, Gloria married 2 more times. First to Tom Elliott and then to Lee Day. She
outlived both husbands, caring for them until their last days. Gloria also lost her son Glen in 2008.
Shortly after that she moved into Maranatha Manor. Her days there were wonderful, and even when
her memory failed, her ability to love those around and her wonderful sense of humor did not.
Gloria moved to her final home, Inspired Living at Ivy Ridge in St. Petersburg, in 2015. She quickly
became the “favorite” of many of the staff there. She continued to live out her purpose by
welcoming newcomers, helping with Bible studies, praying and spending time comforting those
who were struggling. Her love for the Lord remained steadfast until she left this earth for her
heavenly home on September 3.
Gloria shared her love for Christ in so many ways. The grief and loss she experienced throughout
her life did not embitter her. Rather, it opened her heart even more to be able to give and receive
God’s love. As dementia progressed and took parts of her memory away, she never forgot how to
love and continued sharing God’s love with all who crossed her path.
May her light and her legacy live on.
Gloria is survived by her son, Richard Turley of St. Petersburg, daughters, Marcia Johnson of St.
Petersburg and Sheralee Turley (Steven Jones) of Sebring, Eight grandchildren and several
A memorial service will be held at Maranatha Baptist Church in Sebring, Florida on Saturday,
September 7 at 2:00 pm.
A graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida on Monday,
September 9 at 10:00 am.