"Gloria" Barlow, 87, of Farmington, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. She courageously fought an emphysema condition for 2 months, never losing her spirit and strength.
Gloria was born March 19, 1921, in Farmington. She was the daughter of the late J.M. Holcombe, Jr., head of the prominent Hartford insurance family and the late Marguerite Chase Holcombe. She attended Miss Porter's School and received a certificate from New York School of Interior Design. One of the strong themes in Gloria's life was volunteering. She was an active member of the Colonial Dames of America and proud of her colonial history. She was also a member and served on numerous boards and committees, which included Miss Porter's School, the Herb Society of America and the Thursday Club. She was a member for many years and president for six years of the Philipstown Garden Club, and a member of the Connecticut Valley Garden Club. She received two medals of merit from the Garden Club of America for her great contribution and community service. She was most proud of her volunteer work at Mitchell House, a settlement house for low income families and children in need during World War II.
Gloria married William E. Barlow, president of Vision Incorporated, a prominent news magazine of South America, in 1943. They lived in both New York City and Garrison, and had three children who survive her, Buffy Bernhardt, Chris Barlow, and James Barlow; and three grandchildren, Dylan Samide, Zeke Barlow, and Ian Bernhardt; three great grandchildren, Donovan Barlow and Colby and Jake Samide; two brothers and a sister, John Marshall Holcombe, Allan Chase Boas, and Ada Chase Caswell.
A celebration of the life of Gloria Barlow will be on Sat., April 4, 11am at The First Church of Christ Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington. A reception will follow at the Town and County Club in Hartford. Private burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorial donations may go to The First Church of Christ Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.
The Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center of Avon is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.