EAST PEORIA - Gloria Newell, age 80, of East Peoria, formerly of Sparland, died at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at her residence.
She was born on Jan. 28, 1933, in Lacon to John and Myrtle McFarland Cowell. Gloria graduated from Mid County High School in 1951, and married Robert Newell on June 28, 1952, in Lacon. They were married more than 50 years, and he passed on Feb. 21, 2003.
Gloria worked in the Sparland School Cafeteria for more than 30 years, and five more at the Midland Junior High. She provided the children with nutritious AND delicious meals, with plenty of seconds for all. Many adults still rave about the meals they received at school from her.
She is survived by her son, R.J. (Gina) Newell of McFarland, Wis.; daughter, Lee Ann (David) Meinhold of Germantown Hills; grandchildren, Robert (Emily) Newell of Whitefish Bay, Wis., Lauren Newell of Dousman, Wis., Jill Meinhold of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jim Meinhold of Germantown Hills. Also surviving are four nieces and four nephews.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers.
She was a member of the Henry United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Henry United Methodist Church, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, also at her church. Burial will be in the Lacon Cemetery.
Memorials can be made in her name to Crittenton Center's Crisis Nursery or The