Gloria Roxanne McCreary

Gloria Roxanne McCreary

September 10, 1954 – February 25, 2021


September 10, 1954, a baby girl arrived unexpectedly and much too early. The town was Pleasantville, Ohio. She was born at the home of her parents, Gloria M. and Lloyd Young and older brother, Rudy. Weighing in at just under three pounds, Roxanne’s fight for life began.

The Young Family moved to Oklahoma in 1965. Roxanne attended Putnam City West High School where she always reached out to the shy and unpopular classmates. At that time, she was a faithful member of Council Road Baptist Church’s Youth Group. After graduation in 1972, she became known as a dependably hard worker while exploring a variety of jobs, including that of a skilled cake decorator. Roxanne moved to Ohio to be near her best friend, her mother. There she met and later married Ray McCreary on August 7, 1977.

Roxanne and Ray came back to Oklahoma to establish a home. She was hired by Edmond Public Schools to work in and finally run the district’s central print shop. With mounting health issues, she retired from her position in 1996. They moved to Indiana to be closer to the family and grandchildren she adored. When Ray passed in July of 2011, Roxanne continued her devotion to her family amid growing health problems and the diagnosis of cancer. She received an abundance of love and support from her family there as she began her cancer journey. Southside Baptist Church of South Bend, Indiana was her extended family. She loved them dearly. By August 2017, Roxanne felt led to move to Edmond, Oklahoma to be near her brother. As a resident of Rosewood Manor Apts., her circle of friends grew. Highland Park Baptist Church became her church home and extended family. She eagerly attended Crossings Community Church Edmond Venue Women’s Bible Study, ever-growing her circle of beloved friends. In late August 2020, after much prayer and counsel, Roxanne moved to The Lakes to receive hospice care.

Roxanne loved to hold dogs, a winning hand of cards, and a string of fish. The dogs she cuddled. The cards and fish were about “no mercy” bragging rights! She was a friend to everyone while ensuring no one was left out. Her laughter was as big as her sweet spirit and giving heart. She was “Roxanne” to friends and family; “Gloria” to legalese folks.

She was “Aunt Roxie” to her niece and nephews; “Aunt Roxanne” to her eleven great nieces and nephews. She was “Roxie” to her beloved Aunt Alberta. She was “Grandma” to Josh, Amanda, and Sean. She was “Sis” to Rudy. Roxanne had many titles. She cherished most being known as a Child of God.

On February 25, 2021, Roxanne was received into the loving arms of Jesus, her Lord and Savior as He welcomed her home.

She is survived by her brother Rudy Young and wife Judy of Edmond; daughter-in-law Alicia Sullivan and husband Allen of Mishawaka, IN; grandchildren Josh, Amanda, and Sean Sullivan of Mishawaka, IN; stepsister Toddy Mello and husband Tony of CA; niece Becky Horton and husband Craig of Edmond and their children Andrew and Marybeth; nephew Ben Young and wife Sarah of Edmond, and their children Rachel, Zoe, Anna, and Mia; nephew Luke Young and wife Angie of Guthrie, OK and their children Parker, Kynlee, Justin, Kolson, and Julia; Aunt Alberta “Bertie” DeVore of Jacksonville, FL; and her many devoted church family members and friends.

A visitation for family and friends will held on Mond, March 1, 2021, from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, Oklahoma.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel in Edmond, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at Gracelawn Cemetery, also in Edmond, Oklahoma.

We will be live streaming this service in an effort to accommodate those people that wish to attend but feel they should not due to health regulations.  To watch the service CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube page. Click on ‘Videos’, then ‘Live Streams’.

9 thoughts on “Gloria Roxanne McCreary”

  1. Marianne Peregrine

    Roxanne was a wonderful Christian and friend I know that she is resting in Jesus arms May you her family feel God’s comfort and love during this difficult time Sincerely Marianne Peregrine

  2. Sandra (Sandy) Johnson

    Roxanne holds a special place in my heart. She was an amazingly feisty lady who I was blessed to spend quality time with. We had deep conversations. She loved Jesus and people. We also laughed a lot. Roxanne I was truly blessed to call you my friend. I’m going to missed the hugs and conversations we shared. God has gained an angel. Love and miss you!
    Until we meet again.

  3. Nancy Sandman

    God truly blessed me with my beautiful friend Roxanne. She was not only a dear friend she was my sister in Christ. We shared many hugs, laughter and above all our love for the Lord.
    She was an inspiration for those going through serious trials in their lives. Her strength and love for Jesus carried her through some very difficult times!
    I was very blessed to have Roxanne in my life, I will truly miss her and her wonderful spirit!
    Roxanne was:
    F – Fully
    R – Reliant
    O – On
    G – God
    Roxanne was an example for all of us!!!!! See you in heaven my sweet friend 💜
    My deepest sympathy to your family 💜

  4. Joe and Carol Rhodes

    Roxanne truly found a spiritual family and left an incredible testimony of faith and strength in the Lord despite great health struggles when she came to HPBC. Even when mobility was challenging and she did not feel well, she was consistently faithful and always friendly and compassionate toward others. She had an engaging smile and personality. We loved her dearly and she will be missed here but she has certainly received the heavenly reward for her labors. Our prayers for all of her family and friends!
    Pastor Joe and Carol Rhodes
    Highland Park Baptist Church, Edmond, Ok

  5. Melanie McPherson

    Roxanne was a treasure! She had a heart for the Lord and was a joy to get to know in our ladies Bible study. She never lost faith during her health struggles. She will be missed by many. Rest in Peace.

  6. Regina Chew, South Bend, IN

    Roxanne was a true friend. Always ready to listen and share. I remember her laugh and her trust in God’s loving care no matter the circumstances. She was always ready with uplifting counsel. I will miss my dear friend and look forward to hearing her laugh in heaven.

  7. Michele Disario

    Roxanne was a great person she made me feel real comfortable at the church and she made me feel like Michele not a person with a disability

  8. John & Angela Schwall

    We want to Celebrate the fact that we were Blessed to have Roxanne a member of Highland Park Baptist Church. She was always eager and ready to help in any way she could. We enjoyed her assistance on registering children for VBS. We enjoyed her attending our socials and fund raisers. She was always smiling and happy to be included in serving and sharing. John loved her stories and her feisty personality. I just remember her always smiling…..She was a dear sister in Christ and we pray she is a peace in Our Father’s House!

  9. Thinking about you today Grandma. I was reading the keychain you left and I wish I could just call and update you on everything that’s gone on. I hope you and Grandpa are doing well up there. Love

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