Graveside services will be held Friday, April 15, 2011, at 12 p.m. at South Park Cemetery for Gloria Morrow, 72, of Roswell. Gloria was born on Dec. 16, 1938, in Portales, to William C. Wright and Muriel T. Wright Coggin.
She married Wilburn â€œBusterâ€ Morrow on May 8, 1960, in Brownfield, Texas. Gloria was a bookkeeper and substitute teacher until she retired. Her love for gospel music came from her love for our Lord and Savior.
She enjoyed playing piano and organ for her church. The Morrow family recorded an album in 1969. She spent time camping and going on picnics with her family, gardening and canning, and attended Seventh Day Adventist Church for many years. Gloria especially looked forward to times spent celebrating holidays and birthdays with family. She had a heart for children and during her teaching days, she often helped students in financial need.
Gloria thought it was most important to be an example to her children and that they succeed in life. Gloria is survived by her loving husband of 50 years and devoted caregiver, Buster Morrow of Roswell; sons, William â€œArtieâ€ Morrow and his wife Julie, of Roswell, and Chris Morrow, of Albuquerque; sister, Toni Berg and her husband Neil, of Albuquerque; daughterin- law Brenda Morrow, of Roswell; sister-in-law Helen Williams and her husband Don, of Ruidoso; grandsons, David Morrow and his wife Sarah, of Austin, Texas, and Josh Morrow, of Roswell; granddaughters, Crystal Oâ€™Connor and her husband Don, of Roswell, Cierra Boyd and her husband Mark, of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Mikah Dunne, of Albuquerque; nine beautiful great-grandchildren who always made her smile; and nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Tamara â€œTamiâ€ Michelle Morrow, who passed away at age 13 in 1973; and her son, Darrel â€œDeeâ€ Morrow, who passed away at age 50 in 2008. Pallbearers will be Artie Morrow, Chris Morrow, David Morrow, Josh Morrow, Don Oâ€™Connor and Tom Jordan. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Kenny, Busterâ€™s co-workers and friends from the Highway Department and caring neighbors. The family would like to thank the nurses and patient care technicians at the dialysis center for their care and concern over the past eight years.
Gloria shared many stories about her time spent with her â€œsecond family.â€ Special thanks also go out to Drs. Adhi, Nelson, Feroze, French, Wenner and all of their kind and compassionate staff and to Encompass Home Health staff who provided care for Gloria.
One of Gloriaâ€™s favorite scriptures was John 14: 1- 3, â€œLet not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fatherâ€™s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.â€
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.