Gloria Barker is the late mother of an American musician Travis Barker (aka Travis Landon Barker). Her son is best known for being a drummer for the rock band Blink-182. Further, Travis is considered one of the 100 greatest drummers of all time and also has been named “punk’s first superstar drummer” by Rolling Stone.
While her now-famous son was still a teenager, Gloria Barker left the living world. She died of a long-term autoimmune disease Sjogren syndrome. Though she died several years back, she has been still kept alive by her popular son Travis. On his social media handles, the drummer kept expressing his emotions for his late mother and due to this reason, his millions of fans are really curious to know the inside life of their star’s late mother.
So, in this article, we are intending to address the millions of curious minds who genuinely want to know who exactly Travis Barker’s mother was. To know, follow us till the end.
- She spent her childhood in Hot Springs, Garland County.
- Her half-sister wanted to become a Hollywood actress.
- Barker’s close friends described her as a ‘pretty woman’ with a slender frame.
- She was a mother of three kids including Blink 182 Drummer, Travis Barker.
- She passed away at the age of 42 due to Sjogren syndrome.
- Barker is the late mother-in-law of Kourtney Kardashian.
Gloria Barker was Originally From Arkansas; Her Early Life
Travis Barker’s mom Gloria was born on 10 September 1947 in Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, US. Similarly, she was raised by her father Solomon McCarty, and Maria Josephine Caminti in her hometown. Her birth name was Gloria Marie McCarty.
Similarly, she grew up in her hometown alongside her siblings Michael Capozziello, William McCarty, Ronald McCarty, Patricia Hildreth, and Maria Capozziello.
As of present, Barker is no longer alive in the world. On her remembrance, once her famous son mentioned her birthday on his Twitter and Tweeted,
2day is my Mom’s birthday,if it wasn’t for her i wouldn’t be the man or drummer i am 2day.She was the best~ Rest In Peace Mom. Miss u love u
Besides, the late celebrity mom was of mixed ethnicity. She had ancestry of Italian from her mother’s side while was of French-Canadian descent from her father’s side. No doubt, Gloria was an American citizen.
During her childhood, everyone used to call her Cookie.
Career: What Did Gloria Barker Do For A Living?
Since Gloria died way back before her son gained fame as a musician, so not in detail about her professional life is known. However, as per several media sources, she worked as a babysitter with the purpose to earn money and support her family.
On the other hand, as we all know, her son is a renowned American drummer.
Apart from being a musician, Travis is also a founder of the clothing company Famous Stars and Straps. Further, the Blink 182 drummer also has its own recording companies LaSalle Records and DTA Records. He is also one of the investors of the Los Angeles vegan restaurant Crossroads.
Who was Gloria Barker Husband? Travis’ Biological Father Randy Barker
The Arkansas native was a wife to her beloved husband Randy Barker who was a mechanic by profession. At present, there is no information regarding their marriage date. However, looking at their son’s age, we assume that the couple may have tied the knot around the 1970s.
Since their marriage days, Gloria and her spouse Randy seem to have had a blissful marriage. After they married, they settled in Fontana, California, and together started a beautiful family. They were together till Travis’s mom’s demise in 1990. Though she died very earlier, her better half Randy is still living. At present, Randy is in very old age that he needs the support of a walker to move around.
She is a mother of Three Kids
Gloria and her husband Randy together are parents of three children, two daughters named Randalai Barker and Tamara Barker, and a son Travis Barker.
Except for the fact that both her daughter are Fontana residents, nothing else is known about them. But yes, her son Travis who was born on November 14, 1975, in Fontana, California is a well-known personality. As of now, the 47-year-old has established himself in the American music industry as a talented drummer. Further, he has also been part of some films, TV series, reality shows, and commercial advertisements. Here we explore Travis’ professional life, let’s have a short look at his personal life as well.
Gloria’s Son Travis’ Personal Life; His Relationships, Marriages, And Children
As of now, Gloria’s son Travis has already married three times. He was first married to his now ex-wife Melissa Kennedy. Their marriage lasted just for a year from 2001 to 2002.
Later, in 2004, the drummer again walked down the aisle with his second wife Shanna Moakler. Together with Shanna, Barker’s son became the father of Landon Barker, born in 2003, and Alabama Barker, born in 2005. Later, the two also separated and announced their separation on April 1, 2009.
At present, Gloria’s popular son Barker is in a marital relationship with Kourtney Kardashian. They tied the knot on May 15, 2022, in Santa Barbara, California. Apart from his marriages, he has also been in a brief relationship with a singer and an actress Rita Ora.
She Inspired And Supported Her Son To Stick To Music
It’s not unfair to say that where Travis Barker is today is all because of his mother. Gloria was the first person who identified her son’s musical talent and always encouraged him to pursue his career in music. She always wanted her son to explore his musical skill which is why she bought a drum kit for her son when he was just 4.
In fact, even in her last days, she requested her son not to give up on music. In an interview with the magazine, her son Travis revealed what his mom said in her last days. Her words were like this;
‘Play the drums and don’t care about anything else in life but doing the things you love.’
As per the Blink-182 star, his mom’s last word really motivated him. In this regard, he stated that he really followed his dear mother’s word and told,
I did that. I did it in an unforgiving way, I didn’t care what anyone told me, and my mind was made up. I almost felt like she was orchestrating things upstairs, I don’t’ know if it’s fate.
Though Gloria doesn’t exist physically, her baby boy adored and respected her wholeheartedly. Sometimes, Travis expressed his grateful emotions about being the son of this super lady. In 2016, on the occasion of Mother’s day, the musician shared his momma’s image on his Instagram, and captioned,
Happy Mother’s Day to the best woman to have ever been in my life. Love and miss you everyday, learned so much from you. Till we meet again 🙌🏻❤️🙏🏻 #MYANGEL #RIP #COOKIE #HAPPYMOTHERSDAY
Gloria Barker Cause of Death? How old was she?
The musician’s mother died of Sjogren syndrome. Just three months after she was diagnosed with this syndrome, Gloria passed away at the age of 42 on September 3, 1990, in Fontana, San Bernardino County, California.
At the time of her death, her now-famous son Travis was just 13 years old kid. Regarding this, Kourtney Kardashian’s husband, on his Instagram, wrote,
Happy Mother’s Day to the most amazing woman/Mom ever . That’s her in the middle, she passed away the day before high-school when I was 13. I was devastated to say the least and have thought about her & missed her everyday since.
Gloria Barker’ Grave And Obituary
After she died, Gloria’s body was buried at Montecito Memorial Park at Colton, San Bernardino County, California.
And her obituary was published in the newspaper.