Gloria Anne Nobles May

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Gloria Anne Nobles May

Gloria Anne Nobles May died peacefully on January 1, 2014 surrounded by her family at her residence in Charlotte, North Carolina. Private inurnment will be at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church columbarium on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend visitation following the inurnment in the church parlor from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. A memorial service will follow the visitation with Rev. Dr. Tim Neustifter officiating.

Born on January 10, 1925 in Gibsland, LA, daughter of Emma and H.L. Nobles, she was reared in a strong Christian tradition. She attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a B.A (1945) and M.A (1947) in Romance Languages (French and Spanish). She became a resident of Monroe in 1952. After the death of her first husband, Dr. Roy L. Robertson in 1955, she returned to teaching. She taught French language at Neville High School and also pursued graduate studies in French at the Sorbonne, University of Paris (1960-1961). Subsequently, she served on the faculties of University of Louisiana - Monroe and Louisiana Tech University.

She married Jack O. May in 1961 and resided in Monroe, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Ruston before returning to Monroe in 1972. She was a member of St Paul's United Methodist Church, Delta Zeta sorority, the Monroe Junior League, PEO, the Monroe Symphony League and various professional organizations.

All of her life she entertained a great love of music, language and learning and highly valued her relationships with her students, colleagues and friends. She loved life and laughter and strived to be a person of integrity and compassion. She was dearly loved by her children and constantly inspired them with her great gift of knowledge, quick wit, conversational abilities and elegance. She was devoted to reading and was intensely intellectually curious. She cherished her pets and love of nature. She remained devoted to her family and prideful of her dear Louisiana heritage. This left an indelible impression on all in her family.

She was preceded in death by her sister and brother, Virginia Nobles and Joe H. Nobles, and her husband, Jack O. May. She is survived by her two daughters, Jennie Robertson of Charlotte, NC and Anne May Erwin of Baton Rouge, LA, and one son, Dr. Cary N. Robertson and his wife, Kim, of Chapel Hill, NC and her six grandchildren: Megan May Erwin, Catherine Corinne Robertson, Susan Elizabeth Robertson, Matthew Cary Robertson, Kristina Nicole Robertson, and Cassandra Kathryn Robertson. She is additionally survived by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Joe H. Nobles and her nephew, Mark H. Nobles of Dallas, Tx and sisters-in-law Mrs. L. J. McStravick of Monroe and Mrs. Doug Jenkins of Ruston, La.

Memorials and charitable donations may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the Monroe Symphony, the Council of the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) or the .

Published in The News Star from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15, 2014
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