Nola Mae Gluege passed away at her residence on Jan. 10, 2016 at the age of 86. She was born in Shawnee, Okla., graduated from Hale Center High School and moved to Big Spring in 1957. She worked for many years as the buyer/bookkeeper for Texas Discount Furniture before retiring in 1981.|
Nola was preceded in death by her parents A.D. and Nellie Smith, sisters Irene Smith and Bonnie Koeninger and numerous friends. She is survived by her son, Craig Shipman, sister Corene Morton, granddaughter Cynthia Nicole and nieces Caron Marnocha, Kemberly Watson, Stacy White and nephew Brett Morton.
Nola was a loving daughter, sister, mom, aunt, grandmother and a loyal friend.
She was a humble woman with many talents. She created works of art through cross-stitch and tatting. She was a great cook and could create a gourmet meal from leftovers. She loved playing word games of any kind. She was a fan of "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" and could often answer questions and solve puzzles before anyone else.
After her retirement, Nola became renowned in Big Spring for her garage sales. People would often inquire when she was holding the next one.
She loved traveling. On one trip, Nola befriended an Amish couple in Missouri. Having no personal transportation, the couple accepted Nola's gracious offer to take them to their home in Ohio. The trip initiated a remarkable and enduring friendship and correspondence. Years later, the couple invited her to return to their Ohio home for an Amish wedding and an Amish barn-raising.
She traveled to Tennessee with Corene and Kem in 2013 and gave them lessons on how to travel lightly and frugally.
Her son, Craig, was the center of her world. He would take her anywhere she wanted to go. In the Spring of 2015, Nola, Craig, and Corene took a road trip through the Texas Hill Country to explore and view the spectacular beauty of the native wildflowers. She was planning a road trip through several midwestern states with Craig and Corene when her illness became apparent.
Craig took loving care of his Mother in her home during the course of her illness. She fought bravely against cancer with Craig by her side and is resting in the comfort and safety of her Lord and Savior until she can be reunited with her family and friends.
A memorial service was held at Myers & Smith Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www. myersandsmith.com.
Published in Big Spring Herald on Jan. 17, 2016