Gloria Meneses, 80, a resident of Hackett passed away peacefully Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Mercy Hospice Care Center in Fort Smith. She was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Chicago, the beloved only child of Jack and Libby Gordon. She was married to Bud Grossman, and then to Richard Meneses. He preceded her in death in 1997 after many years of love, travel and adventure. Gloria spent her career working in human resources for various companies in Chicago. She relocated to Hot Springs after her husband’s death to live with her family, where she became an active member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. After moving to Hackett, she joined First Baptist Church inGreenwood.
Gloria was small, but she lived a life full of big adventures, traveling to Egypt, Japan, China and going on many cruises. She loved Neil Diamond and loved going to concerts. Her family was her pride and joy, and she was often found at dance recitals, sporting events and school functions. Her heart overflowed with love; she was surrounded by friends and was an adoptive grandma to many.
She is survived by her children (and their spouses), Neil Grossman of Hot Springs and Linda (Roy) Selvidge of Hackett, previously of Hot Springs; two grandchildren, Brittney (Tyler) Lee of Hackett and Sandy (Dwayne) Gordon of Hot Springs; along with three great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Gavin and Luke Gordon of Hot Springs.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her best friend, Linda McKim.
The family invites friends to come celebrate Gloria’s life at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Greenwood. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Hackett under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 2408 S. 51st Court, Suite F, Fort Smith, AR 72903.
To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.mcconnellfh.com.