Gloria J. Ferry

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Gloria (Baer) Ferry, age 64, passed away peacefully, on the evening of December 30, 2021, at her home in Gaylord, surrounded and comforted by her loved ones.

She was born on December 19, 1957, to Eugene and Wilma (Fisher) Baer, in Bad Axe, Michigan. Gloria was the third daughter of eight children. 

Family and friends referred to Gloria as “GG,” “Glo,” “Josephine,” “Homie G-Dog,” “Mamacita,” “Aunt Govies,” and many other nicknames.

Gloria lived a life full of love, laughter, fun, and independence. She enjoyed shooting pool, riding her motorcycle, dancing, and singing. She rode her motorcycle in countless Hogtown runs. She was a “pool shark” and on multiple occasions, participated in high tournament play in Las Vegas. She was a proud member of Gaylord’s Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE). 

Gloria was known for her free-spiritedness, fierceness, and spunk. She was a fighter who welcomed many challenges, including her fight against acute myeloid leukemia, in 2014. She conquered this with the support from her brother’s (Jim Baer) bone marrow transplant. This allowed her to live another seven beautiful years, in her cabin, along Otsego Lake in Gaylord, near her children and grandchildren. 

Surviving to cherish her memory are her five children, Leonard (Malissa) Ferry IV, Courtney Ferry, Derak (Janise) Ferry, Morgan Jackson, and Chad Jackson; eleven grandchildren; seven siblings; and a host of nieces and nephews. She loved her family more than life itself. 

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents. When Gloria passed away, she rode her motorcycle into the sunset. She was welcomed into heaven with open arms, by her mother and father, and most of all, God. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her.

A private funeral service will take place Tuesday, January 4, 2022, with her children and siblings. In addition, the family has chosen to memorialize Gloria with a Celebration of Life to be held in Brown City, Michigan, in the summer of 2022.

The funeral service can be viewed online through Facebook at, starting at 3:00 p.m.

The family would like to express their gratitude to everyone, for their prayers and kind words. They would like to extend a special thank you to Jody Eastman for her outstanding care at Otsego Memorial Hospital. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Ladies Pool League, PO Box 165, Vanderbilt, MI 49795.

21 comments on “Gloria J. Ferry”

  1. All of her children knew how much she Loved pool and her pool girls! We only knew that she would want her legacy to continue with these amazing girls , that she called Friends/Family ♥️

  2. My heart breaks for you guys but I’m also thankful she is no longer suffering from her ailment. You kids surely made her a proud momma and you will always have fond memories. I pray for comfort for you all in her passing. Whenever you need her most, she’s there just trust your gut, it’s her telling you what you need to know. So very sorry you guys.

  3. Our fun exciting Aunt will be missed dearly. You went through life as an independent woman who did everything on her own without a man.
    I admired you and thought you were the most amazing woman that I could ever be. Your strong will to survive was so positive while we watched you go through so much. I would have crumbled but not Aunt Gloria she kept it going. She was the Rock of the family. When you got sick we went to see you and the one thing I’ll never forget is what you said to me “Slow down Mary. You’re just like me always on the go looking for adventures.”
    Well, Aunt Gloria my Resolution this year is to slow down. I love you ❤️my precious Aunt. You will be forever missed. 😢

  4. Susan Janssens-Carr

    I am so saddened by the loss of my dear friend. We have known each other over 45 years. So many memories. I cannot believe she is gone. I will miss her everyday. Love to all of you who loved her.

  5. I will always cherish the pool games I shared with Gloria. She was an amazing player and person. I will miss her dearly.

  6. We were so very lucky to have her on our team, Elkhorn II. We wouldn’t have been Otsego County Champs three years in a row without our ‘G’. What a big bundle of joy she was! The laughs never stopped, even when she wasn’t feeling well, she showed up with that bigger-than-life attitude!

    And Courtney, she never stopped talking about you, your siblings, & her grandkids. She was SO very proud of all of you. The absolute ‘loves of her life.’ I’m so happy you all had each other.🥰

    Yes, I hope they play 8 Ball, & 9 Ball in heaven. 🎱 You deserve that, G! 😇 You are, & were, an angel. 💖 Fly high, my friend.

  7. You were a fun-loving person, Great Aunt, daughter, GG, and mother. I will forever remember the good times with you. You always went above and beyond no matter what it was, your legend will live forever. You will truly be missed. Rest in Heaven.😇

  8. I remember all our long talks when we were teenagers, we stayed up all night talking about David Cassidy and Donny Osmond, our bedroom walls were covered in their posters. We had a lot of fun double dating and hiding on our dates at parties, LOL. I’m going to miss our Snapchat’s. We shared our plate of food and our videos of grandkids, plus our decks in the summertime with our beautiful flowers. I miss you so much. I love you with all my heart.❤️❤️

  9. Aunt Gloria, where to even begin? The wild one with a kind heart and beautiful soul. So spunky and full of life! You were the adventurous one, never took “no” for an answer, loved fiercely, partied harder than a college kid, the life of the party, and the radiant light shining in every room you walked into. You will 1000% be missed. Thank you for your encouraging words over the years, for the laughs, the love, and the beautiful memories. I will always remember your facial expressions, karaoke antics, and most of all, your hugs and kisses. xo Aunt Gloria. Rest peacefully love. You are indeed a legend and one that will forever live on.

  10. We will always cherish our beloved sister gloria, she was the funniest and kindest loving person we’ve ever known , we will miss her dearly , give mom and dad hugs and kisses for us sis, God Bless you, we love you so much , until we meet again 💔💔

  11. Diana Hutchinson

    Gloria, I don’t know what to say, we had some great times together growing up. As cousins, we were together nearly every weekend with Harold and Ella and all their kids. We could have taken over our parents so many times with 27 kids and 6 parents but we loved being together outside or in our rooms making memories that I will always cherish. You will be missed. I love you cousin Gloria, keep on smiling down on us with that beautiful smile.

  12. I’m so glad I got to take you with us on our vacations, memories I will cherish forever. The fun we had with you was always the heart of the party, you always had a smile on your face. I will never forget that smile. I remember that day you got your Harley and came over to go for a ride. I will cherish that day forever. Love You, Sis 💘

  13. Oh momma,💕 I want to say thank you for being the absolute best mom! You sacrificed so much for our happiness and it doesn’t go unnoticed nor unappreciated. I’m going to miss our Mother’s Day pool games and little outings. Your grandkids will always remember you, I will make sure of that. 💗
    I’m still going to talk to you and blame the weird little things that happen outside my routine. I know you’ll be sending me ways of your love and guidance when life goes on! It will be hard but I know you’ll always be worth me and a part of our lives. I will always miss you and think of you. Xoxo. Get a signature of Betty White for me. Love you so much Mamacita. 😭

  14. Jennifer Benaway

    I am so sorry for your loss. Gloria was one of a kind and such a sweet soul! She will be missed by so many! Thank you Gloria for bringing my best friend into this world (Courtney Ferry) and being such a good momma and grandma!! I will be there for my girl whenever she needs me! We will see you again someday and that day will be Glorious. ❤️🥰

  15. RIP! Love you. We had a lot of fun when you came to rocks house and when we went to the bar to party and play pool and that one guy fell for you and would not leave you alone till you talked to him and have a drink with him. We stayed there until closing and went back the next day. I will miss you and the fun we had! Love you, Marilyn.

  16. Barb and Bruce Brown

    Gloria’s smile and deep love of her family will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family and friends during this difficult time.

  17. You welcomed me into the family right away. We talked daily! You believed in Derak and me! I would talk to you about my dreams of me marrying your son, having children, and starting our business! I’ll forever cherish all of our memories and will always do my best to be a wife and mother knowing you believed in us! Thank you Gloria for we could always count on you!💓💫

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