Gloria Weir Newman

February 24, 1931January 1, 2019
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Gloria Weir Newman died peacefully on January 1, 2019 in Houston, Texas at the age of eighty-seven. She is survived by her six children Diana Newman of Centennial, Colorado, Julie Schmidgall (Alan) of Scottsdale Arizona, Wendy Zipps, of Conroe Texas, Ivy Larson (Jeff) of Lago Vista, Texas, Edward J. Newman (Kelly) of The Woodlands, Texas, and Matthew Newman of Cedar Park, Texas, seventeen grandchildren, five great grandchildren and her sister Mary Lou LaFonte of Centennial, Colorado. Gloria is preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward I. Newman, her sister Jane Smith and granddaughter Lauren Rosenthal.

Gloria Weir Newman was born on February 24, 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Ken and Esther Weir. She was raised in Denver, Colorado and met the love of her life there. She married Edward, her high school sweetheart, a civil engineer and entrepreneur in 1950. They lived in the Denver area until 1976 when they relocated to Houston, Texas. Gloria began working for Caldwell Banker after her children were grown and became a top selling realtor. Her children and grandchildren remember her as a sweet, beautiful, patient, kind and loving mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals and always take care of those in need and one another.

Gloria was an amazing mother of six, a patient wife to a dynamic man and a multitalented homemaker who cooked gourmet meals for her family. She made everything more beautiful with her beauty and grace. She had incredible design skills and even reupholstered furniture and restored several houseboats. She was an accomplished seamstress and created formal dresses for legislative dinners that she and her husband attended and designed dance costumes for her daughters and granddaughter. She was an enthusiastic volunteer in her community and was a Scout leader. Of late, she loved gardening, water aerobics, puzzling, socializing with her friends, walking her dog and most of all…Dancing. She was active in the Windsor Hills community where she retired. She attended the Woodlands church and felt her Christian faith provided energy and solace. She was a lively and enthusiastic woman who treasured her family, friends and beloved dogs.

Her funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:00am at Woodlands Church chapel with a reception to follow at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home in the Event Room. Pastor Conn McWhorter and Pastor Bobby Maynard will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gloria’s life. The family would like to thank Dr. Loyolka and the staff of Memorial Hermann hospital for their dedication, patience and care.

Donations can be made in Gloria’s name to the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Reception Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Mary Horrigan

January 7, 2019

Gloria was a lovely woman who extended her hospitality to me
many years ago. She was smart, funny, and a great cook. She had the knack of putting you at ease and I learned much from her. A light has gone out on earth but heaven is the brighter for her presence there.

Tommy Ripley

January 6, 2019

Such a sweet lady. Always a big smile. Everyone was always welcome at the Newman Home, house Boat or wherever the family gathered. Mrs Newman always made you feel special ... and I know I speak for many. GOD bless the Newman family at this time.

Melissa Zipps

January 6, 2019

Gloria was such a beautiful, classy lady, who always made me feel so welcome. Heaven became a little brighter when she arrived! Let beautiful memories carry you through this difficult time and know that I am thinking of you all and share your loss.

Valerie Winson Cain

January 2, 2019

Your mother was just plain adorable! She was always sweet, gracious and cute as a button! So many fond memories...Heaven just became more “heavenly” when Gloria Newman waltzed in through those gates!