Mrs. Gloria Barley

  • Born: September 2, 1923
  • Died: March 10, 2017
  • Location: Auburn, Maine, formerly of Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gloria Barley, age 93, beloved mother, died March 10 at Clover Nursing Home in Auburn, Maine. She had been a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, but had resided in Maine for almost 6 years. Gloria was a "tough cookie", but had declined due to the long term effects of dementia.

She was born on September 2, 1923, the only child of Wilfred and Alma Secard, and grew up in Somerville, Massachusetts. She attended Burdett College in Boston, and became a book keeper. There she met her first husband, Ralph Q. Rudd. They married in 1946 and had two daughters, Donna and Jacqueline. Ralph died unexpectedly in 1956.

In 1959, Gloria married her second husband, John Barley. They had no children, but together provided a loving and comfortable home for the young family. Gloria was a wonderful homemaker, cook and baker. She loved decorating her "beautiful old house" and making it warm and inviting to everyone who visited. Through the years, Gloria enjoyed home sewing (including Halloween costumes, and dance recital outfits), rug braiding, and ceramics. She loved searching antique and craft fairs to find that special something to add to her collections. Her large yard was filled with shrubs, perennials, summer annuals and a small vegetable garden, all tended by her and John. She loved the ocean, and it was never too hot or cold for a walk on the beach. Gloria was a warm and affectionate woman who lived a simple life.

She is survived by her daughter Donna (Rudd) Kassa and husband Mark Chasse of Auburn, Maine; the Vatcher cousins; sister-in-law Mary Driscoll of Burlington, Massachusetts; and long time family friends - the Gradys, the Auterios, and the Mahoneys. Gloria was pre-deceased by her daughter Jacqueline in 1980, and husband John in 2005.

Gloria will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Massachusetts with a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online to Boston Children's Hospital at

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