Ms. Victoria Gatlin, daughter of the late Pearl Newton and Pearlie Newton Gordon was born October 30, 1934 in Buckner, Arkansas. She was raised in Magnolia, Arkansas by her Grandparents Charlotte Dockery and Rev. Isaac Dockery, whom she loved and adored. At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Ross, Arkansas where she along with her Grandparents and extended family were active and dedicated members. Upon moving to Kansas City, Mo she was a long-standing active member of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. James W. Williams and the late Rev. Lee E. Freeman. At New Hope, she served faithfully as a Member of the Usher Board which she was duly proud to serve. She later joined Second Missionary Baptist Church in Grandview, Missouri under the leadership of the late Dr. Donald D. Ford, where she served on the Mother Board until the decline of her health.
Ms. Gatlin worked at Holiday Inn, and for several years at Gasket Engineering. Upon her retirement from Gasket Engineering she worked as a Bus Monitor for First Student and as a Foster Grandparent at S.M.B.C learning center, which brought her much joy. Victoria had a smile that could light up the dimmest room, a quick-witted personality and a sense of humor that was unmatched. She was firm yet very compassionate, and although she was a woman of little means that never stopped her from giving to and caring for others. She was a true example of God taking a little and turning it into a lot. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her children, grandchildren and friends. She also enjoyed music and dancing and was by no means shy and never passed on an opportunity to entertain her children and grandchildren. She never met a stranger and could always be counted on to provide an cliche for any situation such as, “You better get another greasing, because I’m slicker than that”. As a result of her generous spirit, pleasant personality, and comedic banter she was loved by many. Her Christian life was as beautiful as the flowers and plants she cultivated that filled her home and the homes of others, and for that she loved so well, and her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her. She quietly departed this life Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.
She was preceded in death by her Grandparents Charlotte and Isacc Dockery, father Pearl Newton, her Mother Pearlie Newton Gordon, Stepfather Eugene Gordon and her beloved sister Brenda Sawyer.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Joann, Diana, Larry (Rosalind),
Kenneth (Turshia), and Deborah, 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Services will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9 am at Watkins Heritage Chapel, visitation 8 am. Interment Twelve Gates Cemetery.
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