Mrs. Gloria Jean “GiGi” Ikner, 67, passed away on April 16, 2018, under the care of Serenity Hospice in Dublin, Georgia after a courageous fight against cancer. The pain is gone, and the suffering is over, leaving a legacy of love.
Gloria spent most of her childhood in Atlas, Pennsylvania, until the family relocated to Dover, Delaware. She graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1968. Shortly after graduating, she met Bob Ikner; he was stationed at Dover Air Force Base, and they were married three months later.
In 1974, Gloria and Bob moved to Georgia with three children: a five-year old (Donna) and two month old twins (Jennifer and Jeremy). They were all readily accepted and dearly loved by Bob’s family – even though she was a Yankee.
Gloria began her banking career in 1981, working in the processing department at Farmers and Merchants Bank. Through many banking and computer classes she learned more about the banking industry. In 1991, she was appointed as Internal Auditor and Compliance Officer. She served in this position from 1991 to 2004, when the bank was sold to Capital City. She continued working with Capital City as the East Dublin Branch Manager. She retired from Farmers and Merchants Bank/Capital City with 25 years of banking experience. After six months of retirement, she joined The Bank of Dudley to serve as Chief Compliance Officer and Internal Auditor. She finally ended her career to enjoy retirement in 2014.
Gloria was an active member of The Pilot Club of Dublin from 1992-2004. She served as the President of Pilot during 1999. The symbol she used throughout her year as President was an angel, which represented her love of helping and serving others, not only during her membership in Pilot, but always.
After retiring, Gloria enjoyed hobbies which included sewing and quilting. She sewed dozens of pillowcase dresses for Jeremy, her son, to share on mission trips to Haiti. She also quilted several quilts that will be cherished forever. Gloria enjoyed life in the country after retiring. She spent hours riding on the golf cart, taking long walks with Bob, and admiring her roses, azaleas, and camellias. Gloria served as a volunteer in the library, and wherever needed, at Southwest Laurens Elementary. Travel was an important to Gloria; she returned to visit her family in Pennsylvania as often as she could.
Gloria is preceded in death by her parents Pearl and Anthony Procopio. She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Bob Ikner, her children Donna Strickland (Steve), Jennifer Lankford (Shayne), and Jeremy Ikner (Amy). GiGi will forever be remembered and celebrated by her five grandchildren: Madison and Haidyn Lankford, Bryston and Brylan Ikner, and Mitchell Strickland. Also surviving are her brothers Anthony Procopio (Bonnie), Dover, DE, William Procopio (Sandra), Atlas, PA, David Procopio, Zieglerville, PA, and her sister Stephanie Elliott (Wayne), Delmar, DE. She is also survived by several brothers and sisters in law, and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Townsend Funeral Home at 11:00AM on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a financial donation to the American Cancer Society, 515 Denmark Street, Ste. 500, Statesboro, GA 30458, or Serenity Hospice of Dublin, 520 Hillcrest Pkwy., Dublin, GA 31021.