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Gloria Powell Bodemann

16 November, 193324 August, 2020
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Gloria Joy Bodemann (Powell) of Montgomery, TX, passed away Monday, August 24th, 2020. Gloria was born November 16th, 1933 in Call, TX. She was proceeded in death by her parents Homer and Opal Powell of Kirbyville, TX, her husband of 56 years Leroy Bodemann, her brother Burnell Powell, and son-in-law Edward Oberthier. Gloria leaves behind three children, Cynthia Oberthier of Montgomery, TX, son John Bodemann of Knoxville, TN and daughter Theresa Currie along with her son-in law Jim Currie of Covington, LA. In addition, she leaves behind five grandchildren; Abbigale Oberthier Downs (husband Josh Downs), Danielle and Sara Bodemann, and Kyle and Opal Currie and two Great Grandchildren Major and Madden Downs.

Gloria, whose birth name was Glory Joy, grew up on a small farm near Kirbyville, TX where she was a cheerleader and star basketball player. After graduating from Kirbyville High School, she moved to Port Arthur, TX, She attended Lamar University and worked at Gulf States Utilities where she met her husband Leroy. They were engaged on Valentine’s Day, married on May 4th 1957 and soon bought a home in Beaumont, TX where they started their family. The family moved to Conroe, TX in 1971. Gloria and the family loved the Conroe area and she and her husband later retired in Montgomery in 1989. Gloria worked as a library teacher’s aid for many years at Forest Park High School in Beaumont, Washington Jr, High in Conroe and later for the City of Beaumont Public Library System. After retirement Gloria and Leroy traveled extensively to Europe, Hong Kong, Alaska, Canada, Japan, etc. Gloria was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Conroe, TX. Gloria’s favorite place to go was Texas A&M in College Station, TX. Her husband Leroy, all three, children and both sons-in-law, graduated from Texas A&M. Two granddaughters are currently attending. She loved the campus, the traditions, the patriotism and Aggie football.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Metcalf Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends one hour prior. Gloria will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

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Jim Currie

September 19, 2020

Gloria was usually smiling, easy with a kind word and always ready to laugh. She was very loyal to her family - ready to cheerlead any new endeavor or idea.
My fave memory is her telling stories about growing up in Kirbyville. While she didn’t continue to raise chickens in life, she did carry forward traditions like shouting “Christmas gift” or giving a big and lasting wave anytime someone was leaving her home. I picture her know standing on the drive, waving and wearing a smile. That will be missed.

Opal Currie

September 19, 2020

My gran was the coolest person ever!! She would watch tv with me, play games and go out to eat with our family. I will hold her dear to my heart forever. I’m soo lucky to be named after her mother. We will miss her dearly.

Theresa Currie

September 19, 2020

Mom blessed all those that knew her. Her beautiful smile and gracious demeanor filled the room. She always welcomed everyone into her home as part of our family and enjoyed gatherings to celebrate life‘s events and especially Aggie victories!
Mom and dad raised their children with high expectations for not only academics and responsibilities, but more importantly for being a Godly friend to all. My childhood was so rich with experiences. From collecting eggs and shelling peas on the front porch of my grandmother’s farm to car trips to almost all of the 50 states, my parents devoted themselves to our family. They instilled the importance of visiting extended family and looking for opportunities to help in our community.
My mom might’ve just been a country girl from Kirbyville, but her wisdom and how to navigate life was well beyond anything you learn in books. I’ll miss our daily talks and her warm hugs. But most of all, I miss her laughter and humor… “Mom, you never lost your JOY even in times of trials and hospitalizations. Please be waiting at the gates...I need a hug!”

Joaquina PERRY

September 18, 2020

The sweet and,yes.funny memories I have of Gloria,will never leave my mind or heart.She was one of the first members of my "new family" that I met when I first came to this country.
She received me with an amazing warmth and love that helped me
feel part of it,soon after Ed,her dear "double first cousin",introduced me to her.
Cindy,John and Theresa,you have grown up close to us and we keep the ties that the "double first cousins" had between them.So,we keep you in our prayers for peace of mind and sweet memories of Gloria.

LaVerne Bodemann Johnson

August 29, 2020

Dear Cousins, Linda and I are so sad that we cannot join you in person as you celebrate Aunt Gloria’s life and share loving memories. Cindy, Theresa, and John, know that you are in our hearts today and in our prayers during this time. Memories of your mom bring a smile...Wish I could hear her wonderful laugh one more time. She really did have the most beautiful smile paired with her joyful laugh...Glory Joy...what a fitting and perfect name. Love to all.

Victoria Brown-Sobecki

August 29, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Gloria's sweet family. We celebrate the happy memories of being together. Dan, Matthew, and I recall our time at Texas A&M, Lettermen's Association tailgates, and experiencing Aggie Football together in Kyle Field, Section 110, for decades. It has been a blessing to have shared time, prayer and love together.
God bless and keep you all. Gig 'em!
Vicki '78 and Dan Sobecki
Matthew '10 and Colyn Brown

Karen Labatut

August 27, 2020

What a beautiful tribute to Mrs. Gloria . 🙏🏻May her memory be a blessing.. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.. I know she was a beautiful woman because that shines through her daughter. Sending my love to you my friend always here for you. Love Karen.

Karen Marie Walker-Jones

August 27, 2020

I may not have met your mother Theresa, but we know that your love and devotion for her was evident. Her love of books is an inspiration to us, Your Book Club, so we wanted you to know that we are here for you in Spirit and our prayers are showering over you and your family in this time of sadness and joy. Sadness in that you have lost your loving mother, and also Joy because she is no longer suffering and is at peace. Finding Joy at this time is difficult. We love you and are here if you need us.
Love,
Your Book Club Ladies Group❤️

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