June 15, 1963 ~ March 22, 2020

Born in: Minneapolis, MN
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Gloria Jean Babcock, 56, International Mystery Mistress of Merrymaking, passed away unexpectedly in her home in Asheville, North Carolina on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Glo, as her friends and family called her, was born on June 15th, 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rose Marie (Hansen) Babcock and Albert Erven Babcock. She was the second youngest in a tight-knit family of 8. She graduated high school at West High School in Minneapolis. In 1995, in the Joshua Tree desert, she gave birth to the light of her life, Dumaine Joto Babcock. Glo worked in many capacities as an artist, entrepreneur, caregiver, performer, bartender, hairdresser, and ritual officiant, with Dumaine always as the sun at the center of her solar system, her family and family-of-friends the supportive planets in orbit.

Glo is preceded in death by her father, Albert, and her brother Thomas. She is survived by her beloved son Dumaine of Atlanta, GA, her Mother Rose Marie of Minneapolis, her siblings James Babcock, Bonita Hoffman, Marjorie Babcock, and Sharon McCabe, all of Minnesota, many nieces and nephews, the countless devoted friends whom she loved like family, and her beloved dog Olive.

Glo was a deeply spiritual person who imbued artfulness, sacredness, and magic into all aspects of her life, from officiating rituals, to cooking amazing meals, to crafting beautiful cocktails. She possessed a powerful, healing presence, though she was never too serious, nor did she take herself seriously. Her laughter, wit, and humor were incandescent, and she radiated joy into every space she occupied. A consummate artist, Glo loved to costume extravagantly, to sew and paint and decorate and adorn every surface and person within her reach. And Glo’s reach was wide. Her friendships spanned the continent and the globe, and she loved to travel to and with her many friends. Glo will be best remembered as one who nourished her loved ones deeply with her generosity of spirit and wisdom of life experience. Glo loved exuberantly and lived her life to the hilt with grace and beauty. She will be deeply missed.

A memorial fire and altar will be set up on Saturday, March 28th from 10am – 10pm at the corner of Washington Road and Broad Street in Downtown Asheville for Glo’s loved ones to pay respects, while observing the current necessary social distancing protocol.

Donations in Glo’s honor can be made to support Dumaine with Glo’s end-of-life arrangements at www.gofundme.com/f/we-love-you-dumaine or by mail to 5 LaRue Street, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Glo was one of the brightest lights ever to shine in our world. We are so lucky to have known her. When I look through my pictures and memories of her it is striking how each moment was full on. She was joyful and tapped into spirit and so real. There is so much more to say. So honored to have had her in my life. She will be missed in so many ways.

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  2. Miss Glo was a giver of sacred gifts. Every one of us has received something uniquely special from her, be it an item or a spell or a wish or a hug. Her laugh, her very presence in your space was a gift in itself. To say she will be missed is the ultimate understatement. I will miss our sweet, brief chats, where we tried to solve as many of the world’s problems as time would allow. Of course, they were brief, so as to allow us more time for merriment, our cause celebre. Glo, baby, you ROCKED this world.

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  3. The obituary describes Glo perfectly. She was a beautiful soul and will be missed by so many. The Nathes will miss her so much. Glo would Not want us to be sad. Celebrate me She would tell us. We love you sister 💗RIP.

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  4. Dear Glo, please continue to shine your light on us through this tunnel, so we may navigate the rapids. Miss your sweet personal presence. 💜

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  5. I met Glo and Dumaine in New Orleans in 2002 when my now husband took me there to meet the queen of N’awlins. What a treasure she is! I fell instantly in love with her. She officiated our wedding ceremony in Tulum in 2004 and it was magical! So many fond memories. One of a kind, she’ll live in my heart forever.

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  6. May peace be with all… who were touched by Glo. My love and condolences to her family…. ✌🏻💜🙂

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  7. Glo lit up the world. I first met her when she had an art show at Satellite Gallery. Her portraits in the Mississippi made me want to know her. There is no other artist like her. I feel her hug still and her laugh will stay with me forever. We are so blessed to have known her.

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  8. Thank You for being here on Earth with us, Glo! Your feisty, fierce unbridled sweetness is not forgotten. We have been so lucky to have known you! May Your Light shine infinitely and shake all the heavens to their cores with the colorful tectonic Joy that was and continues to be uniquely You. <3

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  9. The planet is not quite as bright,
    The laughter a little less,
    Not quite as beautiful without Miss. Gloria in it. She is so loved all over the earth.

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  10. Bonnie, Jim and Family, Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace and may you and your family find peace in memories made. 🙏💕

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