Gloria McNeme

12/23/1941 - 06/24/2020


The family of Gloria McNeme will celebrate her life of 78 years at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Bacon Heights Baptist Church. She passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The service will be live-streamed and be available for thirty days at You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and share memories and expressions of sympathy by selecting the icon.

Gloria Ann McNeme was born December 23, 1941, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.  She moved to Dallas in the early 1960s, where she began her adult life and then married in 1969.  She looked forward to becoming a mother and had four boys in the following years.  In 1986, she moved with her boys to Lubbock to be near her sister and opened a gift shop together, which was called “Nana’s House”.  After several years, the sisters decided to close the shop, and Gloria began working at Texas Tech University in the Graduate School. She retired after more than 21 years of taking such joy in helping students achieve their academic goals.

Gloria’s passion was her four boys and nine grandchildren.  Her devotion to raising her boys in a loving, Christian home was unwavering as she energetically ensured they had everything they needed and often sacrificed for them.  There are countless memories and stories of her daily sacrifice for her kids.

Gloria was a member of Bacon Heights Baptist Church for over 30 years and always kept her home open to any friend that wanted to come.  While Gloria’s kids were young, her home was always full of fellowship and activity, hosting meals and sleepovers almost every weekend.  She loved being the center of her kids’ lives.  After her children became adults with families of their own, Gloria, or better known as “Bama” to the grandchildren, attended most every grandchild’s soccer game, play, or recital she could.  If there was a model for how much love a mother can give her sons, she was it.  Her love of Jesus and others, sacrifices for her family, as well as her generosity, are characteristics that are instilled in her sons and their families.

Survivors include her sons, Matt McNeme and wife, Stephanie; Brett McNeme and wife, Chanda; Brent McNeme and wife, Christine; and Trent McNeme and wife, Kristin; nine grandchildren, Avery, Adison, Kamryn, Keely, Ainsley, Claire, Gage, Dawson, and Harley McNeme; brother, Carol Wilson, and wife, Diane; and brother-in-law, Bob Howell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Nell Wilson; siblings, Jeanette Howell, and Gaylon Wilson.


The family of Gloria McNeme has designated St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for memorial contributions donated in her memory.


Celebration of Life

Life Tribute


Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:6:00 pm
End Time:8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Location: Bacon Heights Baptist Church
Start Time:10:30 am
End Time:11:30 am



12 Comments on “Gloria McNeme”

  1. Trent & Kristin,
    I’m so sorry for your loss, Gloria was a special lady. I will keep your family in my prayers. May God comfort you is my prayer.

  2. Matt, Brent, Brett and Trent,
    My heart was so sad to read of your sweet Mom’s passing. Gloria was a special woman and I considered her my friend! I have many wonderful memories of 88th Street and being your neighbor! Keeping you all in my prayers! Much love!

  3. Dear McNeme family, your mom and Gama was so proud of each one of you! She just beamed whenever she spoke of you! She loved every daughter-in-law and every grandchild, and would have done anything for you. She loved hard and never wavered in her commitment to being there for you and providing for you as best she could. You are her legacy and the testimony of a life well lived! Well done, Gloria, my sweet friend!

  4. Brent and I are so sorry for your loss Matt
    Our prayers are with you and your family

  5. Mark and I are so sorry about your mom. Saying goodbye to your mother is not easy. Please take comfort in the words from Isaiah. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation” (12:2). Our love and prayers are with you.

  6. Sorry SIS for our loss! We know where you are so we’ll join you one day soon! I have missed you & Jeanett singing Wings of a Dove!

  7. I am so sorry! I got to meet her once but I never forgot her graciousness and kindness!

  8. I’m so thankful God allowed me to know Gloria McNeme and her sons. I taught Matt (and later, one of the twins) in second grade at Canyon Creek Christian Academy, and Gloria volunteered to be the room mother. She was incredible! Not many mothers would have done that with toddler twins. I treasured her friendship, and I was disappointed they moved to Lubbock. I visited them once after they moved there. I have seen some of the boys – sorry, the men – several times when they came to Plano. I’m very thankful for reconnecting on Face Book. Gloria was a godly lady, sweet mother, loving grandmother, and a friend. To her family, thank you for sharing her with the world. Treasure the moments, and look forward to seeing her again in Heaven. Her life will always live on in your lives and in the lives of those she knew. Again, I thank God for allowing me to be a part of her world. I love her, and I will see her again. Our Hope is in Heaven. I love you guys, and you know my home is always open to you.

  9. My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the McNeme family. Matt, Brent, Brett, and Trent you guys and your families are in my prayers! Your mom did a wonderful job raising you guys in a good Christian home and teaching you how to become responsible God-fearing men. Prayers of peace and comfort to surround your family during this time of great loss.

  10. To the Mcneme Children,

    I am saddened of the death of my dear sweet friend. I worked with her at TTU, mostly with commencement. I will forever cherish my time with Gloria and send my deepest condolences to all of you.

    Peggy Flores

  11. I was saddened to hear of Gloria’s passing. She and I worked together at the Graduate School, and her dedication and attitude was an inspiration. The love and pride she had in her children and grandchildren was so apparent. She was a warm and wonderful woman who gave tirelessly of herself to others. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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