Gloria D. Best

March 2, 1948 ~ July 4, 2022 (age 74)


Olean- Gloria D. Best of 3111 Lot #4 Pennsylvania Ave., passed away Monday (July 4, 2022) at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born March 2, 1948 in Fredricksburg, VA., she was the daughter of the late Edward “Red” and Vivian Stiles Jones. 

Gloria worked for many years at the DeSoto Hotel in Allegany and was a longtime member of the Hinsdale American Legion.

She is survived by; her longtime companion, Duane “Alby” DeLong of Olean; four children, William E. (Taunya) Best of Bristol, TN., John M. Best of Hinsdale, Tracy (John) Peters of Friendship, and Paula (Bill) Teuscher of Trinidad, CO; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister Patty Wittman of Fredricksburg, VA., and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by; one son, James S. Best; one brother, Ronald Jones; and one sister, Jackie Beatley.

There will be no services for Gloria at this time. 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Families for Hope, 1219 N. Wittfield Street, Indianapolis, IN 46229 or at

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State Street, Inc., Olean. Online condolences can be expressed at


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