Collinson, Gloria Anne
Birth: Thursday, November 02, 1944
Residence: Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Death: Friday, September 30, 2016 at the age of 71
Laid to Rest: in the Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery, Friendship, Maryland
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Gloria Anne Collinson, 71, of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, passed away into the loving arms of our Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, September 30, 2016. Gloria was born in Annapolis, Maryland the daughter of Dorothy (Gilbert) Goetz-Fries. She graduated from Annapolis High School class of 1962. Gloria was the wife of her dear husband, Francis (Frank) Bagby Collinson for 53 years. Gloria loved Jesus Christ and made a lasting impact on anyone she came in contact with.
Gloria leaves her beloved husband Frank, the love of her life, who she married on September 21, 1963 at Eastport United Methodist Church where she attended growing up. She also leaves her son Scott and his wife Janeen (Slavik) of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; her daughter Sherri Swanson and her husband, Rev. Glenn Swanson of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland and her son Michael and his wife Jennifer of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.
Gloria leaves behind 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild: Amanda Reinhardt and her husband Danny of Owings, MD (Collin), Matthew Swanson and his wife Emily of Tampa, Florida, Joshua Collinson and his wife Kelsey of Prince Frederick, MD; Luke Swanson and his wife Natassia of Lynchburg, Virginia; Jake Slavik of Chesapeake Beach; Presley Collinson and her finance (Dean Willey) of Chesapeake Beach, and Shelby Collinson, London Collinson, Julianne Slavik-Hare(Kyle), Anna Swanson, Samuel Collinson and Scarlet Collinson, all of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Gloria was preceded in death by her grandson Timothy Swanson, her mother Dorothy Goetz-Fries, stepfather Phil Goetz, and Brother Philip Schmick.
Gloria's greatest day was when, as a young lady, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was later baptized. She was first and foremost a servant of our savior Jesus Christ. She was a faithful member and servant at Bayside Baptist Church in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. She was also a member of the Gideon's International. Throughout the years, Gloria taught youth and adult Sunday School and served on the church prayer, evangelism, hospitality, outreach and greeting teams. She enjoyed serving alongside of her husband Frank on the deacon's wives and adult ministry teams.
Gloria loved people, she loved life, and her greatest desire was to see people have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Gloria treated everyone with respect and dignity and she usually left them with a smile on their face. Along with Romans 10: 9-17, one of Gloria's favorite bible verses is found in Matthew 25:35-40:35 (Jesus said) For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?'40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
In 1975, Gloria helped Frank start Advanced Surveys, a land surveying and civil engineering firm currently located in Dunkirk, Maryland. She served as the first secretary, bookkeeper, and occasional field crew member. Gloria enjoyed traveling and especially enjoyed the time that she and Frank traveled to their winter getaway in Fort Myers, Florida. She was a modest sports fan, and grew up enjoying softball, baseball and football. She is the first in her family to attend a Super Bowl when the Redskins defeated the Bills in 1992. Gloria enjoyed the outdoors, the mountains and cutting grass on her riding mower. She also enjoyed a good piece of cheesecake! Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home.