Monday, 31 January 2022 19:01

Gloria Shell Bain

Gloria Shell Bain, 75, of Dinwiddie County, was welcomed into her heavenly home on January 29, 2022, after a short illness.
She was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids, NC and was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond & Virginia Shell of Roanoke Rapids NC; brothers, Walter (Litchfield, IL) and Bill (Roanoke Rapids NC); and grandson, Jim Bain of Dinwiddie. Gloria was an amazing, stay-at-home mother who attended all of her kids’ activities as the loudest supporter, was the outspoken PTO president, and was Mama Bain to so many other children. While being a wonderful mom, she also provided support to the family farm for decades including being the first female Coordinator for the State of Virginia office for the American Agriculture Movement, as displayed in the Smithsonian in DC. She went on to work retail before settling in as the receptionist for Dinwiddie Middle School for 22 years. Her gift was working with the students, and they brought her so much joy. Everyone knew when she was in the building that things would be taken care of, and their kids were safe. Gloria was also known as a fabulous cook by her family, friends and community. She believed if you cooked with love, it would always turn out perfect. Gloria was a woman of Faith and put Jesus as the center of her life daily and that legacy was passed on to her children. The most important part of her life and what she was best at was being a Mama to her four children. She is survived by her son, Joe Bain (Jennifer) of Freeman, and daughters, Jenny Barnes (Michael) of Pendleton NC, Barbara Hale (Dennis) of Church Road and Carolyn Bain of Prince George. She has 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her siblings, Tonya Mahaffey (Chuck) of Chester, Billy Newton (Shari) of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and sister-in-law, Phyllis Shell of Litchfield, IL and many nieces, nephews and cousins who loved being with her and appreciated her for her frankness and wisdom. She also remained close friends with her former spouse and the father of her children, Billy Bain. She was an animal lover and rescued as many as she could including her current fur-babies Ranger, Moo-Kitty and Moxie whom she spoiled daily. At this time there will not be a visitation and graveside services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of her passions: Dinwiddie Animal Control Drawer 70, Dinwiddie, VA 23841, Dinwiddie Special Olympics c/o Nellie Kee PO Box 299, Dinwiddie, VA 23841, or Sappony Baptist Church C/O Roy Lewis Jr. 9183 Huske Rd, Stony Creek, VA 23882. Condolences may be expressed at
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  • Comment Link Wanda Sunday, 06 February 2022 06:16 posted by Wanda

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. She was such a wonderful woman!

  • Comment Link Sharon Yates Thursday, 03 February 2022 17:15 posted by Sharon Yates

    So sorry for for your loss. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers . She will truly be missed but always in our memories.

  • Comment Link Bennette and Debra Rogerson Wednesday, 02 February 2022 18:23 posted by Bennette and Debra Rogerson

    Jenny, Joe, Barbara, and Carolyn. We are so sorry for the loss of your mama. She was a funny and witty lady. Bennette and I thought alot of her and always enjoyed being around her. Our thoughts are with you and your families.

  • Comment Link Arabella Baker Wednesday, 02 February 2022 17:47 posted by Arabella Baker

    I’m so sorry to hear of Ms. Bain’s passing. She was Such a wonderful person. I always knew that my children were safe and sound when she was at the school. I went to the school today and the first person I thought of was her. With her beautiful smile and she could always make you laugh. Please know that you’re mother was amazing at helping me and other parents. She only Judged you for you. Nothing else. I will truly miss her. A woman well lived and gracious.

  • Comment Link Charlie and TheElla Taylor Wednesday, 02 February 2022 12:05 posted by Charlie and TheElla Taylor

    To the Family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Gloria. She was very special to us at Dinwiddie Middle School. She always had a big hug and a beautiful smile for us whenever we came into the building. She will be missed.

  • Comment Link Tandy Gaffney Wednesday, 02 February 2022 09:33 posted by Tandy Gaffney

    Jenny I am praying you find peace in your memories of your mom. May God hold you close in your grief.

  • Comment Link Bennette and Debra Rogerson Tuesday, 01 February 2022 22:16 posted by Bennette and Debra Rogerson

    Jenny, Joe, Barbara, and Carolyn. We are so sorry for the loss of your Mama. Bennette and I thought alot of her. She was a fun person to be around and talk with and we always enjoyed her company. Our sons, Daniel and Mason send their condolences to. Our thoughts are with you and your families.

  • Comment Link Johanna Tuesday, 01 February 2022 20:15 posted by Johanna

    May the family feel God’s comfort and peace! I appreciate the opportunity to have known her from DMS!

  • Comment Link Barbara Gilliam Tuesday, 01 February 2022 14:43 posted by Barbara Gilliam

    Prayers sent to Gloria's family. She was a good person and a good friend of mine. We have had many good times and laughs together. She will be greatly missed.

  • Comment Link Shania Murphy Tuesday, 01 February 2022 13:41 posted by Shania Murphy

    What an amazing soul. She always made sure her “babies” were taken care of and ok during our days in school. She was a long term sub in my science class one year, and it was the best time I can recall having in middle school. This breaks my heart, but she’s definitely now one of the best angels we could ever ask for. Thank you for the best years of our life, Ms. Bain ?

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