Jack, Gloria Manon Seawell 87, of Dallas, died peacefully Monday, December 31, 2012 at Medical City Hospital, with Ollie, her husband of 66 years and two sons in loving attendance. Funeral services will be conducted by Starrett Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. Friday January 4, 2013 at the Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas with Dr. David Matthews and Rev. Ray Vickrey officiating. Interment will take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday January 5, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Texas, with Gene Stallings officiating. Gloria was born August 29, 1925 in Ft. Worth, a daughter of Albert and Manon Seawell. She grew up in Dallas and Ft. Worth with brothers Marshall, Bill and Albert Jr. She was the granddaughter of F.M. McConnell, a well-known preacher, writer and longtime editor of the Baptist Standard. She graduated from Paschal High School in Ft. Worth and received an academic scholarship to Baylor University. At age 20 she graduated Cum Laude with a double major in Spanish and English. She then taught Spanish and English at Baylor University. While at Baylor she met Ollie Jack and they married in 1946. After Ollie's graduation they lived in Dallas and New Orleans while he worked on degrees at Tulane University. In 1954 they left New Orleans for Caracas, Venezuela. They also lived in Amway, Venezuela, Bogota, Colombia, Miami, Florida and Kingston, Jamacia, before moving to Dallas in 1969 where they lived until the time of her death. She was an active member of the Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, where she taught Sunday School for many years, was President of the Women's Auxiliary and headed the Library and Kitchen committees. Contesting was her hobby and she won numerous big prizes. She was a two-time finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off in New York and Hawaii, and assisted many friends and family members in becoming winners, also. She was preceded in death by her parents, and by two brothers, Marshall and Albert Seawell. Gloria is survived by her husband Ollie, two sons, James Marshall Jack and Robert Oliver Jack of Dallas; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann Jack Stallings and husband Bebes (Gene) Stallings of Paris, and Martha McGinty of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Named as honorary casket bearers is the Faith Formations Class, her Sunday School Class at Royal Lane Baptist Church. She loved her family and wrote the following quote: "I am most proud of my good husband and two fine boys." Friends may register in Gloria's Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com .
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 4, 2013