Gloria Jean Meeker, better known as Mom, Gma, G, GiGi, and Glo to those who loved her most, died on May 6, 2021 at the age of 70. She was surrounded by her loved ones until the end of her life, when she went to meet her Lord and Savior.
Gloria was born on October 8, 1950, in Wichita, Kansas to Orval Fick and Norma Jean Baker, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by two daughters, Angela Gallogly and Dana Wood, as well as a son in-law, Paul Gallogly. She was blessed with and is survived by thirteen grandchildren, Amber (Gallogly) Halsell, Courtney (Wood) Taylor, Kristyn Gallogly, Lindsey Gallogly, Lauren (Gallogly) Ray, Madison Wood, Michael Wood, Mallory Wood, Drew Wood, Jake Taylor, Travis Halsell, Stevie Ray, and Lexi Wood. She was also blessed with three beloved great-grandchildren, Ruby Halsell, Fisher Halsell, and Dylan Taylor.
She is survived by a brother, Lee Fick, and sister in-law, Phyllis Fick, a nephew, Wayne Fick, and a niece Amy Fick. She is also survived by a brother, Rob Fick, and a brother and sister in-law Robert and Elizabeth Workman.
Gloria was remembered as a bright light by all who new her. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and often said to those around her, "Let's just laugh." Her capacity for joy knew no limits, and she could lift others up in their times of greatest need.
"Glo" was a successful professional, spending 15 years working at Capital One in the Auto Finance Industry. Her focus was on Customer Service and the managing and LEADERSHIP of teams, and she excelled in these areas, being offered challenging roles in the "Office of the President" to assist customers that needed specialized attention and also receiving the prestigious "Chairman & President's Club" Award, which included a luxury trip to Amelia Island, Florida at the Ritz Carlton. Gloria was a mentor and leader both formally and informally to many.
Gloria was also talented when it came to crafts and hobbies. Over the years she created beautiful clothes for her children and grandchildren, crocheted lovely blankets, and painted ceramic keepsakes that still anchor the family's Christmas decorations each year. But she really found her favorite pastime in quilting. She created beautiful quilts for others as gifts and for herself, and of course, this hobby led to more happy friendships for Gloria through local quilt guilds. She had the joy of quilting with her daughters and her grandkids, and going to the quilt shows in town were some of their favorite outings together.
Gloria had friends that lasted a lifetime. She stayed in touch with friends that she made from her childhood years in Wichita to the years with her young family in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, to Dallas to Colorado Springs, and back to the Dallas area again. In Texas, she participated in sorority activities as well as quilt guild activities, doing charity work and being a great friend to all.
Most of all, Mom, G, Gma, GiGi, was the matriarch of her family. She was the generous and loving spirit, the heartbeat. She always had a plan, a gift, a hug, a way to support. She loved to play games. She was always THERE, as comforting as the sun in winter, to keep her family safe, well, and whole.
G will continue to knit the family together as she always has, through the memories that are cherished, through the quiet conversations that will continue, and through the great faith that GiGi showed the family, every day of her life. Her example is a gift to all of us. "Let's Just Laugh."
In lieu of flowers, please donate to:
FARE - Food Allergy Research and Education, to promote the development of new therapies and offer hope for effective treatment of food allergies - https://www.foodallergy.org
or North Texas Food Bank, the largest food bank in north Central Texas and a place where Glo spent time in community service - https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org