Leila Frances Gregg

May 22, 1915April 28, 2013

In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 28, our beloved Mother passed peacefully into the arms of her precious Lord and Savior. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held on Thursday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station with her Pastor, Rev. Doug Dickey officiating. Interment will follow in the College Station City Cemetery.

Leila Gregg was born on May 22, 1915, in Bryan, Texas, to Charles F. and Ora Carroll Moehlman. She was the third of seven children born to this union, with her twin sister Louise entering this world only minutes later. Although Leila weighed just slightly over three pounds at birth, she miraculously lived to raise a family of her own, following the examples set forth by her parents, our Big Mom and Big Dad.

Big Dad was a blacksmith by trade (his shop building still stands on North Bryan Street), catering to the needs of farmers and ranchers of the Brazos Valley. As a loving couple who provided stability and security for their family, Big Dad and Big Mom were pillars of strength during the depression years. Leila learned early the value of hard work and honest dealings in all things. Most importantly, she was raised to know and love her Lord, and she lived for and served Him faithfully all her life. Her mother and her grandmother, Della Wootan, were founding members of the Bryan Freewill Baptist Church, where Mom remained a loyal, devoted member until her death Sunday.

After graduating from Bryan High School in 1932, she attended McKenzie-Baldwin Business School before going to work as an operator for the telephone company. Then, on June 11, 1937, Leila married the love of her life, Ernest Gregg, a career postal employee who retired as College Station Postmaster in 1971. She shared later with her family that her marriage had meant tremendous changes in her life, for she now was on her own to handle all the duties of a homemaker, whereas before marriage she had shared such chores with other family members. Nonetheless, she persevered to become an excellent cook, housekeeper, nurse, listener, confidant, teacher, and example for her own four children.

When the Memorial Student Center opened on the A & M campus in 1951, Leila went to work in the Guest Rooms Dept. as a Desk Clerk/PBX Operator, then several years later transferred to the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, finishing out her working years as secretary to Director John Hutchison. She met many people during these years who remained friends for life.

Leila was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 46 years, Ernest Gregg; her brothers, Charles F., Jr. and E.C. (Buddy) Moehlman; and her sisters, Louise Tomayko, Doris Thompson, and Lillian (Bitsy) McCurdy.

She is survived by her sister, Alta Faye Kirk of Bryan, Texas; two daughters and their spouses, Linda and Robert Goebel of New Braunfels, Texas and Della and Jack Holcomb of Bryan, Texas; two sons and their spouses, Glenn and Mona Gregg of Hamden, Conn., and Gordon and LaNell Gregg, of College Station, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. Mom never met a stranger—you were her friend that she had just not met yet!

Our family extends a heartfelt thank you to Mom’s many caretakers and physicians who ministered to her needs over the last years of her life. In lieu of flowers, should you be so inclined, donations may be made in her name to the charity or church of your choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Brenda Frailicks

May 3, 2013

I am so sorry for the death of you mom.

May 2, 2013

Glenn, I was so sorry to learn of the death of your mother. She lived a wonderfully long life, and I know she will be missed. Bill joins me in sending our condolences. Ellen Howell Myers

Gene Thomas-Self

May 2, 2013

I only knew Leila Frances Gregg as
"Glenn's mother." After reading these
beautiful tributes to this grand lady, I find myself wallowing in self-pity that I never knew her. Listen to one of the praises:

"I adored the way you mangled the language and made your own words, called Leila-isms. Everyone had some. By now, there should be an entire book of them."

What a delightful character! I am hoping to read more on "Leila-isms"....

And this is how one of the people who remembered her ended his poignant

"I'm not a religious person, but she was, so, please, God bless Mrs. Gregg."

Amen to that.

Pat Kirksey

May 2, 2013

Our sincere sympathy. Pat and Patsy Kirksey

Laura Wade Colson

May 2, 2013

I was saddened this morning when I saw in the newspaper that Mrs. Gregg had passed away on Sunday. I used to visit with her on the front patio at The Manor when my dad and I would sit outside, enjoying the weather and having tea. I also got to know her sister who usually was there visiting too- I loved how they would chat with each other and Alta Faye would also read to Leila. Mrs. Gregg always greeted me when I came to The Manor and I always looked forward to seeing her - she was just so positive and her enthusiasm for conversation and life was quite contagious!

Jack Perdue

May 2, 2013

I still haven't found the right words that I want to share with the friends and family of Mrs. Gregg other than that I'll miss her.

My first attempt on Facebook went something like this (as I linked this wonderful biography that I had nary a clue about).

This was my neighbor from 1995 until about 2008. A good person. She saw me overcome my obstacles and not only finish my BS, but also my MS and an opportunity for a PhD. She was like a surrogate grandmother at times... tutting/tsking my behavior and yet encouraging me to always do better. I missed her when she moved away to a place where she didn't have to be so independent (she did an amazing job on her own so I was surprised when she moved to assisted living). We should all live to be as old, and yet resilient, as she was. I missed her then and I miss her even more now. I'm not a religious person, but she was, so, please, God bless Mrs. Gregg. -- jack (not usually one to get sentimental and/or religious)

There is so much more to tell. Her roses were always beautiful.

Unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to make the service tomorrow. But my heart and mind will go out to the Moehlmans and Greggs and the friends and family thereof.

She was a wonderful person. We should all celebrate her life.

Sherry Lewis

May 2, 2013

What a great lady was my Aunt Leila! She is my hero of all the women I have ever know! I will miss her sparkling eyes and great laugh! I am left with so many wonderful memories from my entire life. Thank you for your love.

May 2, 2013

It was my pleasure to meet Mrs. Gregg at a family gathering several years ago, for a graduation. She was a true Southern Lady that made you feel at home the moment our conversation began. She is one special person that cannot be replaced, only remembered.
Mine and Julie's sympathy goes out to her entire family in their time of sorrow, but remember her joyous spirit and love for her family, because that will always be with you.
Lawrence and Julie-Majewski Smith

May 2, 2013

I was fortunate enough to meet Mrs. Gregg several years ago at a family gathering for a graduation. She was a true southern lady that made you feel at home the moment you began a conversation. It was my pleasure to have know her and ladies like her cannot be replaced, only remembered. Mine and Julie's sympathy goes out to her entire family.
God be with you in your time of sorrow, but only remember her joyous spirit and love for her family.
Lawrence and Julie-Majewski Smith

Troy Simon

May 1, 2013

Mrs. Gregg will be missed by our staff who always enjoyed seeing her. Despite her troubles, she was always positive and strong. We are sorry for your loss, but know she is in a much better place, looking down over her loved ones and friends, smiling.