Gloria Jane Castello Simpson, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 20, 2007.
Gloria was born in Houston on May 12, 1929. She grew up in Houston where she graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1946. Gloria graduated in 1950 from Rice University with a degree in English. After receiving her teaching certificate, Gloria taught school for 25 years, the majority in Texas City ISD. She also taught at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School where she was honored as teacher of the year in the Houston Galveston Diocese. She was a long time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she was active in St. Thomas Altar Society and in the first group at the parish commissioned as a Eucharistic minister.
“Mimi” is survived by her husband Frank, four sons, Link and his wife Ellen of Dallas, their children Melanie and Garrett; Mike and his wife Kitty of Texas City, their children Sara, Katie, and Zack; Frank and his wife Kelly of Missouri City, their children Price, Seth and Courtnie; Kirk and his wife Shelly of Texas City, and their children Madison, Garner, and Kaylin. She is also survived by two brothers, Al Castello and Gary Castello; and two sisters Mary Ann Patterson, and Patricia Thompson and their families.
Gloria was a faithful servant of the Lord, and totally devoted to her family and friends throughout her life. She was a talented seamstress who loved sewing and teaching her grandchildren to sew. Gloria was active in many civic organizations including Delta Kappa Gamma. She enjoyed bridge and in particular the friendships she had in multiple bridge clubs. Her life and love will be a constant reminder of how to live as a servant to others.
Her family wants to thank her many friends who have been so faithful to her during her illness. We are also especially grateful to Angel, Billie, and Dorothy for their compassion, care and companionship to her during the last 12 months; and to Francis Trepagnier and Deacon Joe Hensley for their ministry.
A visitation will be held at Emken-Linton Funeral Home, 5100 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway on Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm, followed by the rosary at 8:00 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 724 3rd Ave. N., Texas City at 10:00 am on Friday, February 23rd with Father Tom Ponzini celebrating. Her four sons will be pallbearers. John Acree DDS., Richard Ettredge, John Klass, John Nichols, Doug Stiernberg MD., and Tom Watson will serve as honorary pallbearers. Interment will be held at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, you may honor Gloria’s life by sending donations to the Lupus Foundation Of America, Inc., Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, 3730 Kirby Dr. #720, Houston, Texas 77098.