Gloria Marie Bowen Smiley Rebello, 91, of Waxahachie, Texas died on August 27, 2017, in her home surrounded by her family.
Gloria was born March 2, 1926, in Evanston, Illinois to Harry Mearl and Rose Marie (Schumers) Bowen. She grew up in Evanston and on May 20, 1944, married Robert Baird Smiley. Over the course of their marriage, they lived in Cuba, Panama, Jamaica, Indiana, and Puerto Rico. They had four children.
Gloria married Ray Rebello on August 26, 1971. They resided in Central Florida area, moving every few years, and spent their last years together in West Palm Beach. She later moved to Miami, and finally, at age 80, after enduring too many hurricanes, she moved to Waxahachie in 2006.
Gloria will be remembered for her wit, her contagious laugh and her ability to find humor and joy in every-day life situations. She was an avid gardener, and especially enjoyed growing orchids and Japanese gardens.
She loved dogs, computer games and shopping at Wal-Mart. She was very artistic and was always learning a new skill or hobby. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed watching the sunset and the water from her patio every afternoon. She made a lasting impression on everyone she met, even in her final days.
She leaves behind her daughter, Susan and her husband, Paul Shealy of Waxahachie, Texas, son, Steven Smiley and his wife Doris, of Miami, Florida, and son, Michael Smiley and his wife, Lisa of Monterey, California. She is also survived by her step-children Richard Rebello of Cary, North Carolina, and Ray Rebello of Issaquah, Washington. She has 11 grandchildren and 15 great grand-children children.
She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Dawn (Smiley) Sheppard, second husband, Ray Rebello, and first husband, Robert Smiley.
A memorial service will be held in her honor at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, DeSoto, TX on Friday, September 1 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home 511 West Main St., Waxahachie, Texas. 972-937-2211.