Gloria H. Yarbrough, 88, of Galveston, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2011, in the home she lived in and loved since 1961. She was born December 28, 1922, in New Orleans, LA, but grew up in Galveston. The high school cheerleader met a football player, Jim, who became the love of her life. Jim and Gloria married in August 1942 and their storybook love affair continued for 66 years. Gloria was always Jim’s “Beautiful Brown Eyes” until he passed away in 2008.
Gloria’s life was centered on her family and her church. She was the epitome of a Norman Rockwell mom – her home was always open to friends; cookies and milk were waiting for her children after school; she always made holidays a special event for her family; and the Yarbrough house was always the center of activity while her children were growing up. Gloria was a shining example of an involved parent. There was not a game her children played in, concert they performed in, or ceremony they were involved in that she did not attend. It was these things that earned her the honor of being named “Mother of the Year” by the Galveston County Daily News. Gloria was a devoted member of Galveston’s First Baptist Church for over 75 years. She was recently named Sunday School Director Emeritus in honor of her many years of dedicated service.
While in high school, Gloria was a member of “The Club,” that has met every other Tuesday for lunch since 1937. Gloria and the four remaining members of the club, Bunnie Ott, Dorothy Fisher, Margaret Marinelli, and Ursula Marinelli, met for lunch just this past Tuesday.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, James E. “Cowboy” Yarbrough. She is survived by her children: Dana Yarbrough Miller, Janis L. Yarbrough, and James D. Yarbrough and wife Carol Urbani Yarbrough; grandchildren, Jed Miller and Frederick Reinhart of Austin; Hawk Miller of Skagway, Alaska; Ashley Yarbrough Dusek and husband Dustin Dusek of League City; and Beau Yarbrough, of Galveston; great grandchildren: Adrian, Nathan, Luke and Blake; sister, Bunnie Ott and husband, Bernard, of Galveston; and brother, Derrall Hawkins and wife, Rosalie, of Mobile, AL.
Gloria’s family will receive visitors beginning at 9:00 am, Wednesday, June 15th, at First Baptist Church. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 am at the church with Rev. Ray Meador and Rev. Grayson Glass co-officiating the service. Burial will follow the service at Lakeview Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James D. Yarbrough, Jed Miller, Ashley Yarbrough Dusek, and Beau Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers will be Hawk Miller, George Maida, Greg Samford, and Bernard Ott.
The Yarbrough family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Gloria’s caregivers Gia Villarreal and Pat Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Galveston, 822 Tremont, Galveston, TX 77550.