Gloria Smith Ramsaur

December 4, 1939March 23, 2020

Gloria Smith Ramsaur, 80, passed away March 23, 2020, following a brief battle with cancer. She was born on December 4, 1939, daughter of the late Ralph and Wilma McGinnis Smith. A native of the Windsor Park community, she graduated from Glynn Academy in the “Classic Class of 57.” Gloria attended Shorter College in Rome and graduated from the University of Georgia where she majored in Art History and was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority. Following graduation, she served as an Art Teacher in Jacksonville, where she met Bill Ramsaur, an officer on the USS SHANGRI-LA at Mayport. They were married at St. Marks Episcopal Church and settled in Atlanta where Gloria taught in Dekalb County. Gloria and Bill had four sons Scott, Mike, Jeff, and Ricky (who died as an infant). During her husband’s thirty years with Andersen Consulting, Gloria lovingly managed her family through six relocations in multiple cultures and environments. During their family travels to many countries, Gloria enjoyed collecting and selling antiques, which became a part of her legacy. Gloria inherited many genealogical documents and family photos from her grandmother, Roberta McGinnis and father, and traced her ancestors from England and Scotland to Virginia and Georgia. Gloria joined the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Daughters of the American Revolution and served as a docent at the historic Carnton Mansion in Franklin, Tennessee. Gloria shared many stories and photos with everyone she met. Her interview about life in Brunswick and St. Simons during the 1940s and 1950s, is on display in the World War II Home Front Museum on St. Simons Island. After Bill’s retirement, they lived in Genesee, Colorado, before settling full time on St. Simons Island. Gloria is well known for her participation in the St. Simons Sea Turtle Project. She and Virginia Herman were asked to manage the local conservation program, under the direction of Mark Dodd of the Department of Natural Resources. They became known as the “Turtle Ladies” for the next fifteen years, training volunteers who patrolled the beaches. Gloria enjoyed taking her grandchildren on her early morning rounds. Gloria was a “cradle Episcopalian” initially at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Brunswick, and after her return to St. Simons Island, a communicant at Christ Church, Frederica where she helped with the annual Tour of Homes and sang in the choir. Gloria is survived by her husband of fifty-six years; three sons: Scott (wife/Deena) of Longmont, Colorado; Mike of Franklin, Tennessee; and Jeff (wife/Jorie) of Laguna Nigel, California; four grandchildren: Kody, Taylor, Will and Ansley Ramsaur; Sister-in-law: Lynne Ramsaur; nephews: Lee Ramsaur, Ken and Steve Waits; cousins: King (Louise) Aiken. Robert Aiken, Nan (Louie) Rivetti, Richard (Beth) Smith, Bob (Diane) Smith, and Carol (Ron) Suttle; and many Aikens, Scarboros and others who called her “Aunt Glo.” A celebration of her life will be held later when safe to gather. Friends and family who wish to remember Gloria may donate to the Christ Church, Frederica Building Campaign, 6329 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island, GA 31522, and the World War II Home Front Museum, made payable to the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, P.O. Box 21136, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.


  • Memorial Service at a later date


Gloria Smith Ramsaur

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Rose Tomas

June 8, 2020

Im just learning of her passing she was my customer and became a beloved friend im so sorry to hear she's gone i will miss her stories and the light in her eyes when she spoke of art
Blessings for your family

Tom Tillery

March 26, 2020

Dear Bill, Scott, Mike and Jeff,
Our condolences for your loss. Gloria was a unique and interesting human being. We were always fascinated by her knowledge of historical facts and love of the tide calendar as well as tours of Saint Simons. We will miss her but pray your memories will keep you at peace and keep a smile on your faces.
Big hug and love to each of you.
Tom Tillery and Larry Fertick

Larry Newton

March 25, 2020


My prayers and thoughts are with you in your time of grief. Christ is your strength and your hope. Be comforted and not afraid if you believe in Him.

Larry Newton

Danny Ginter

March 25, 2020

Thew Coweta Falls Chapter in Columbus, Georgia sends prayers for the Ramsaur family. We thank her for the many contributions she has made in her community and state.
Please find comfort in knowing that she will not be forgotten among her friends and family.

Elaine and Paul Lester

March 25, 2020

Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your bereavement.

David Stone

March 24, 2020

Bill: please accept our best thoughts for you and your family. Gloria was a real peach of a lady and we always enjoyed our talks w you two at M Bay. She will be genuinely missed by Karen and I.

Wilton Cottle

March 24, 2020

My condolences to the family !