Gwendolyn Moseley, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away on January 19, 2024, at the tender age of 79. She was born on October 14, 1944, to McCoy and Mildred Barnes in Portsmouth, Virginia along with her sisters’ Betty Jean Wilder & Gloria Vann, and brothers, William & Ronald Barnes. They created a home filled with laughter, joy, and unwavering support. Gwendolyn's childhood was imbued with love and stability which laid the foundation for a life well-lived.
Gwendolyn's life was characterized by love and strength that touched the hearts of all who knew her. Gwendolyn was a remarkable woman who lived her life with grace and compassion. She had an evocative presence that captivated those around her. Her warm smile radiated kindness and her gentle demeanor brought comfort to everyone who sought solace in her embrace. Gwendolyn's legacy of love will forever remain etched in the hearts of those lucky enough to have known her.
Gwen dedicated over 15 years to Bradlee's, serving as a customer service salesclerk. Throughout her tenure, she consistently demonstrated outstanding customer service to both customers and colleagues. Following her retirement, she went on to contribute 8 years of valuable experience at Office Max.
At the age of 23, she embraced the role of becoming a caring mother to Terese Riley. Her commitment to Terese was limitless, and she wholeheartedly dedicated herself to fostering her daughter's dreams and ambitions. The connection between mother and daughter remained steadfast, and their love will persist even in Gwendolyn's absence. Gwendolyn wasn't just a mother but also a confidante and friend, ready to rejoice in successes and offer support during difficult moments.
Gwendolyn's heart overflowed with pride as she watched LaToya and LaMar Riley, her beloved grandchildren, blossom into remarkable individuals. She was a constant pillar of support in their lives, fostering their dreams and showering them with affection. Her wisdom and guidance shaped their characters, instilling in them the values of kindness, resilience, and integrity. The lessons Gwendolyn imparted will continue to guide LaToya and LaMar on their life paths.
Gwendolyn Moseley was a beacon of light whose spirit will remain with us always. Her generosity knew no bounds as she offered love and support to all who sought her guidance. Her legacy serves as a reminder that even in the face of adversity, it is our capacity for empathy that defines us. Gwendolyn's memory will forever inspire us to be better versions of ourselves – kinder, stronger, more compassionate.
As we bid farewell to this extraordinary woman, let us remember that although her physical presence may have departed our lives, her spirit will forever linger in our hearts. May you find eternal peace, Gwendolyn Moseley, and may your beautiful soul continue to shine brightly in the heavens above. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace, dear Gwendolyn.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her daughter Terese Riley (Christopher) granddaughter LaToya Riley, grandson LaMar Riley, two brothers William “Sonny” Barnes, Ronald Barnes, a sister Gloria Vann, close nieces Crystal Wilder, Rosalind Vinson (Keith), Felicia Epps, close nephews Eric Barnes, Marcus Epps (Riquita), Kevin Barnes, Sr., Eric Wray (Crystal), Walter Ratcliffe, close great-nieces Ashley Wilder and Braxton Floyd, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins extended family and friends and her loving grand-dog CozMo.