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Gloria Mae Campher


Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Gloria Mae Campher of Hagerstown, MD, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Julia Manor Health Care Center. She was 85.

Born Friday, November 22, 1935 in Hagerstown, MD, she was the daughter of the late James Banks and the late Ada Beatrice (Weathers) Tate. 
Gloria was a beloved family and community member who touched the lives of many. She was employed with the Washington County Board of Education at Fountaindale Elementary School until 2004, when she received a certificate of recognition for 38 years of service and commitment to education. She was recognized as one of Washington County's Most Wonderful Citizens as part of the state's 7th annual Maryland You are Beautiful program for 1993. 
Gloria was a long-time parishioner, stewardess and Sunday school teacher at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, and later attended Covenant Life Church International. She was honored for her work in community service and vacation bible school. As a community activist she organized, and received a certificate of outstanding service for, an Anti-Drug March in 1989. A benevolent contributor, she taught Kwanzaa to children in Hagerstown schools and cooked and delivered warm meals to elders. She was also a member of the Booster Club and the Clique Club. 

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Maylon Avone Campher, Sr., and her sister, Jean Marie Russ. 
She is survived by her three daughters, Vanessa Ann Baker and husand Anthony of Chambersburg, PA, Rhoda Lavern Derbigny and husband Curtis of Pensacola, FL, Sharon Marie Eccelston and husband Bradley of Martinsburg, WV; son, Maylon Avone Campher, Jr. and wife Tammie of Hagerstown, MD; niece, Gloria Jean Hughes of Hagerstown, MD; six granddaughters, Kanika Nicole James, Chanele Marie Greene, Dominique Derbigny Sims, Chelan Marie Greene, Kierra Ann Rice, Adrianna Marie Campher; one grandson, Isaiah Avone Campher; two great-granddaughters, Nehemiah Patrese Coy, Iman Nicole Johnson; great-niece, Jean Marchelle Carroll-Keyes; two great-nephews, Aubrey Cordell Russ, Maurice Daniel Arrington; and a large extended family.

Services will be held Friday, September 10, 2021, at 11:00 am, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD, with the Pastor Tim Fisher officiating. Masks are required.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Gloria's name to the Robert W. Johnson Memorial Recreation Center <>. 

Online condolences may be expressed at <>. 

Guest Book

Mrs. Campher was one of the adults that guided us as kids and taught us to do the right thing. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word for us. To the family, I hope the spirit surrounds you in comforts you during this time and the years to come.

David A. Washington
Hagerstown, MD

Vanessa, I'm so very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and the family.

Lana Brockway
Greencastle, Pennsylvania

So very sorry to hear of this sweet lady’s passing! I worked with Mrs. Camphor at Fountaindale Elementary and loved her dedication to her students. Her beauty and serenity were an inspiration to all who knew her.She loved God and nature - pointing out the first Robin after the last snow of winter. Rest In Peace, Miss Gloria!

Elaine Semler
Hagerstown, Maryland

Never wanted this Fay to come but it has. My heart is,heavy and,eyes swollen from the tears. I have so many memories that I will never forget and always cherish. Our families were like family when we got together and oh what fun we had. Hey, HEY Latney. Hey , HEY, Hey Cakes!! Love you all. Trina Griffin Randallstown, Maryland

Trina Griffin
Randallstown, MD

Prayers of comfort to the family. Your life made a difference and will continue through all you have others.

Cassandra Simon
Tuscaloosa , Alabama

Gloria you are such a beautiful person. I love you and you will be sorely missed. Blessings and peace to your family. Love, Trish

Trish Perry
Hagerstown, MD

So sorry for your lost. Thanking God for your loved one's life and thinking of you with sympathy during this difficult time. May God bless and keep you. With Love. Alfonso & Marion Mitchell

Alfonso & Marion Mitchell
Hagerstown, Maryland

My thoughts and prayers are with you during these trying times. Love you all.

Melvin Njonjo Smith
Laurel, Md

Sincere condolences to the family.

Jacqueline P Brown
Waycross , Ga

To the Campher Family: I am sorry to hear about your loss, and I want you to know that I will be praying for strength, and comfort for you and your family. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, sending my heartfelt condolences. God Bless! Linda Brooks

Linda Brooks
Hagerstown, MD

Remembering the good times. Aunt Gloria was loved by so many and she was very thoughtful and caring to the Tate family. Welcoming us with open arms. I enjoyed the summer days at her and Uncle Mel's house.

Stacey W
Northern, VA

Gloria, paid her dues. She did what God, ask us to do. Help others, in her work with the church, social clubs, sent meals to those who could not do for themselves. Always pleasant and helpful in any way she could. Until we meet again. God, bless her family. during these times. Betty Claybon Lee

Betty Jane Lee
Sykesville, MD

Gloria’s family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. I worked with Gloria at Fountaindale Elementary for 14 years and she was one of my favorites.

Vicki Nunamaker
Hagerstown , Maryland

Many memories of times spent with your beautiful mother. She always made me laugh and smile. We are very sorry of your loss. Sending strength and love your way. God be with all of you

Martha E Miller

Sorry for your loss my condolences to the family.,Please know your in my thoughts and prayers

Lisa Rideout-Magruder
Hagerstown, MD

We send our love and deepest sympathy to Rhoda, Curtis, Dominique and the family. Our prayers are with you all. May God's arms hold you and comfort you throughout your sorrow. May God's hands fold over yours as you pray for understanding and guidance. May you all lean on the shoulders of friends and family who stand beside you during this difficult time. We are here for you as well. Much love and sincere condolences to our friend and family. God bless you all.

Trevor and Kimberly Cox
Hampstead, North Carolina

My sincere condolences to the family in this time of grief ! May she rest in peace.

Oliver baker
Odenville, Alabama

My deepest sympathy in the passing of your love one, she was a warm and kind lady, and I will take the memories of her and you all of welcome me into your home, and some good times we shared together, may GOD continue to strengthen and Bless you all.

Sheridan Holt
Hagerstown , Maryland

With deepest sympathy as you remember Gloria. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kathleen Watts
Bowie, MD

To Chanele and family: Sincere condolences for you all, as your grandmother was much loved and beloved. What a powerful force she must have been.

Lelia O. V. Hinton-Crowders
Ashburn, Virginia

Rhoda, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish that I could make it to the service to see you in person. I hope you are well. David Slick

David Slick
Hagerstown, Maryland

Gloria was the joy of everyone's lives. She was always there whenever or whatever crisis we had, especially when our Mom passed. She was our strength and we was so thankful for her. We had so many good times and laughs together. Janney as we called her will be miss. You are now in the arms of our heavenly father. Rest In Heavenly Peace!! My Condolences and Blessings to my extended family.

Wanda Evans Vernon
Hagerstown , MD,



Rest in heaven Ms. Gloria!!

Clark Derbigny
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Mom, nuff said!!!

Curtis Derbigny
Pensacola , Florida

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