Gloria Ellen Crosby
October 21, 1942 - September 23, 2020
Gloria Ellen (Shambaugh) Crosby was born on October 21, 1942 in Neosho, MO to parents Daniel Franklin Shambaugh, Jr. and Leila A’leese Blankenship Shambaugh Crabtree. Gloria grew up in Noel, MO graduating high school from Noel in 1960. She earned an associate’s degree from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri in 1963, a Bachelor of Music degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee in 1966, and a Master’s in Christian Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1973.
While attending Union University, she met her future husband, Paul Franklin Crosby, whom she married on August 14, 1966. She worked as a music therapist at Tennessee State Hospital as well as Tennessee social services while he completed his degree at Union. While they were attending seminary in Texas, they welcomed their son, Jeremy Paul, on February 27, 1973. After completing their master’s degrees, they were appointed by the Foreign Mission Board to serve as missionaries to Mexico in 1973. They moved to Guadalajara, Mexico in 1974. While in Mexico, they welcomed their daughter, Kimberly Dawn, in 1975. They returned to the US in 1976, after Gloria developed a severe case of hepatitis.
Frank and Gloria have lived in Southwest Missouri since 1976, spending 13 years on a 10-acre farm called The Buffalo Bog outside of Cassville, Missouri. Frank and Gloria have resided outside of Stella Missouri since 2004.
Gloria trusted Jesus as her Savior at the First Baptist Church of Noel in 1960 and was baptized that same year. Gloria has served as a pianist and Bible study leader in the various churches where Frank has been the pastor. Additionally, she spent 10 years working with Charles Brock at the Church Growth International where she developed a correspondence course program for those in prison as well as helping with Spanish translations. Gloria authored many Bible studies along with writing poetry. She also authored a book about the history of Barry County.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sharon Shambaugh Dubbs. She is survived by her husband, Frank Crosby, children Jeremy Crosby and Kimberly Duncan (Norm), six grandchildren Brennen Duncan(21), Cameren Duncan(20), Chloe Crosby(18), Caiden Crosby(16), Sydney Duncan(15), and Claire Crosby(12), and her brother Franklin Shambaugh (Ella) and many nieces and nephews.
Gloria passed away September 23, 2020 at the age of 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to CARE Net of Neosho in her honor.