Gloria Yglesias Nasrallah
February 6, 1934 – April 19, 2018
Gloria Yglesias Nasrallah,84, passed away at 1:35pm Thursday April 19, 2018 after a brief stay in hospice. Gloria is loved and known by many people, through her various jobs, volunteer work, and especially by way of motherhood. She was a “second mom” to many. When St. Mark’s Episcopal day school opened its doors for the first time in 1970, Gloria held the job of PE coach. Her four children attended. Their mom was also the lunch mom, everyone’s mom. Students from those years would remember her in sweatpants and sweatshirt with a whistle around her neck. When her son Tony and his wife Anne purchased the Murray Hill Theatre and made it a nonprofit Christian music venue in 1995, Gloria became a member of the Board of Directors and a head volunteer. Fellow volunteers would remember her for teaching them the ropes, organizing and leadership. When her daughter Lori had the first grand-daughter after six grandsons, the new volunteer role “granny-nanny” was borne. This took her up to the New York City suburbs in the winter and back to Florida in the summer, a reverse commute that provided plenty of comedy for those who pointed it out. Residents of the condo in the village of Dobbs Ferry would remember her as the “mayor,” talking to anyone who was willing, as she took her granddaughter, Juliette out to play. Gloria watched her four grandsons grow up to be outstanding young men. Among many fond memories, visiting their grandmother’s home on Oak Street and Avondale Avenue was always fun and included a routine of enjoying chicken noodle soup and a petit filet. Gloria was devoted to those who pre-deceased her. She made regular visits to the cemetery where she placed trinkets at the graveside of her two baby grandsons, AJ Nasrallah, Jr. and Peter Nash Nasrallah, alongside her husband of 32 years, Dr. Victor Nash Nasrallah, Sr. , OD. As Gloria’s health declined, long time friend, Patty Scuotto, who calls Gloria “my friend/mom” became her caregiver and drove her to the cemetery once a week, sometimes twice. A Tampa native, Gloria was born on February 6, 1934. She graduated from Jefferson High School. As a talented athlete, Gloria played sports in school and was a star player on a semi-pro fast pitch softball team. Once, she made a triple play by catching the fly ball, stepping on the base, and tagging the runner. She played at a neighborhood park where a young Lou Piniella was the bat boy. Legend has it that their team of women taught Sweet Lou how to cuss. Gloria graduated from University of Tampa with a BS in Education. She became a civics teacher and PE coach at Sligh Jr. High. Her student, Cathy Johns, played match maker by introducing her teacher to her Uncle Victor... and teacher became auntie. In 1959, the newlyweds moved to Jacksonville and started a family. When her children were growing up, so many of their friends came to think of Gloria as their second mom. The door was open, the snacks were plentiful and her unconditional love was inspiring to all who knew her. Those neighborhood kids and school friends are remembering Gloria with a great outpouring of love and affection since learning of the news of her death. Gloria was not the type to wear her faith on her sleeve but she believed in Jesus and put her faith in the grace of God. She lived by the Golden Rule to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. She exemplified what Jesus taught about loving your neighbor as yourself. She is survived by her children, Victor N. "Pat" Nasrallah, Jr. (Jayne) of Fernandina Beach, Lori Ann Nasrallah of Dobbs Ferry, NY, Anthony Joseph "Tony" Nasrallah, Sr. (Anne) and Mary Catherine Newman (Ken) of Jacksonville; her grandchildren Ben Nasrallah of Jacksonville, Michael Nasrallah (Theresa) of Winston-Salem, NC, Daniel Nasrallah (Hayley) of Ann Arbor, MI, Jonathan Andrew Nasrallah (Jen Gavin) of Troy, NY, Juliette Lillian Loyd of Dobbs Ferry, NY, and her step daughter Cynthia Nasrallah Macdonald of Sacramento, CA; three siblings, a sister, Aida Jurado, her brothers, Joe Yglesias and Ken Yglesias, and numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews, including Godson, Jay Diaz. Rest in peace, mom. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Murray Hill Theatre Ministries, P.O. Box 380006, Jacksonville, FL 32210 or go to murrayhilltheatre.com
- Visitation Sunday, April 22, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, April 23, 2018
Gloria Yglesias Nasrallah
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April 22, 2018
Tony, Your mom was a gem, just like you and Anne are to all who know you. What a legacy she has left and you are still making yours so all the people's lives your family has touched are better because of knowing the Nasrallah's. I am so sorry to have to miss the funeral, but will keep you all and your family in my prayers. We hope her celebration of her homecoming is wonderful. Blessings, Pam and Bruce Robbins
April 22, 2018
"Grand Mommy" Gloria as her Granddaughter Juliette would refer to her was an amazing soul. I had the good fortune to spend much time with Gloria when she was helping my best friend Lori care for daughter. Gloria became a "second Mom" to me when in my time of need (during my tough divorce) she gave up her very own bed for me and slept on the couch for months as I needed a place to stay. Gloria had a way of making me feel like this was "no problem" and never for a second made me feel as if this was an inconvenience to her. I will never forget her unconditional love for me. I witnessed Grand Mommy giving loving care to Juliette and the two had great times together. "Card board" box houses Grand Mommy built for Juliette was a favorite game for the two. I know the residents of Lori's building in Dobbs Ferry (which is now my building too) are so sad to hear of Gloria's passing as she had a profound effect on so many here - always helping others and always wearing a loving smile. Thank you Gloria for your love to me - heaven is so fortunate to welcome your angelic soul. And to your beautiful family, sending all of my love and well wishes as you mourn the loss of a truly unconditionally loving Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, "Second Mother", Cousin, and Christian.
April 21, 2018
Here’s a photo of Lou Piniella signed by him just for my mom Gloria!
He wrote, “To Gloria, I was a good bat boy.”
This was a gift to my mom from our great friend Leslie Hoot who had the opportunity to get this autograph and to relay the story that he was the bat boy for Gloria’s team in Tampa.