Gloria Bell Farrow lived a devoted life as a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and friend. She was born on August, 8 1937 in Lorena, Texas just outside of Waco. She was proudly raised by David and Naomi Taylor (both preceded her in death) along with her younger Sister Gwendolyn Cordova (preceded her in death). She attended schools throughout the Waco School District and graduated from her beloved A.J. Moore High School in 1955.
In 1966, Gloria took a leap of faith and moved to Austin to raise her 6 children. She became engaged in many social and civic organizations around the city. Her engaging and leadership qualities led her to organizations such as Jack and Jill of America, The Links, Incorporated, Delta Sigma Theta and a host of others. Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church became the family’s church home. Through her magnetic presence, Gloria became a fixture throughout the sanctuary. She served in many ministries including, The Missionary Board, Deaconess, Vacation Bible School teacher, Choir member, Usher Board, Food Ministry, just to name a few. She was a woman of action, with a true mastery of gifts that led her to be a “Jill of All trades”.
With a true knack for cooking and organization, her entrepreneurial spirit was launched when she found a way of marrying her passions by culinary catering for others. Her baking blessed many people throughout her life. If you knew Gloria, it was due to family, food, and fellowship. Her bright smile and warm heart graced many other places during her life journey, such as The Seminary of the Southwest and King-Tears Mortuary. She constantly redefined her journey and lived with unwavering resiliency. In her final years, she returned to Waco and became a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Always on the go, she was also President of her Moore High School Class of 55’ Class reunion.
She was an avid lover of music, books, fashion, and living life unapologetically. She was affectionately given nickames her whole life, butwhether you knew her by Gloria, Glo Bell, Farrow, Lil Bit, Meme or Granny she left a branded impression of love on your heart that will forever remain.
Gloria leaves to cherish her memories CHILDREN Dionne Johnson, Jacquelyn Thompson, Jamey Farrow, Elizabeth Fontenette, Clyde Farrow II, and Tracy Farrow, GRANDCHILDREN Tamisha Pruitt, Kerry Fontenette II, Branden Fontenette ( preceded her in death) , Michael Farrow, Alex Thompson, Bre Farrow, Camille Farrow, David Thompson , Dylan Farrow, Quentin Farrow, and 5 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. There was a host of close friends that she had the pleasure of walking by her side until she met her savior.
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