If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever……Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend Gloria A. Root, 82, of Smithboro went home to be with her Lord and was reunited with her husband Donald on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Gloria was born on Jan. 15, 1937 in Wichita, Kan., a daughter of the late Louis and Dorothy (Miller) Ketron. At the age of 13, she met the apple of her eye, Donald S. Root, while he proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. On Nov. 10, 1950, she married Don and together they shared over 60 years of marriage.

Gloria loved the color pink, treasured the time spent with her family and reading her favorite book – the Bible. She enjoyed going to church and being around her church family.

Gloria is survived by her children, G. Ann (Wayne) Benscoter of Kentucky, Donald L. (Shari) Root of Sharon, S.C., Bonita (Bob) Dombroski of Concord, N.C., and Kerry (Kim) Root of Barton, N.Y.; her siblings, Leslie Stutzman, Ramona Jermaine, Dorothy Shaul and Louis Ketron; her sisters-in-law, Annie Root, Bonnie Ketron, Beverly (Douglas) Graham; 22 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Gloria was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Dorothea C. Root; her son, Chris W. Root; and her brother, John Albert Ketron.

Abiding by Gloria’s wishes, there will be no services at this time.

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Friends who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Bradford-Wyoming County Literacy Program, 200 Main St., Suite 5, Towanda, PA 18848.