On Friday, May 29, 2020, Glendora Annette Morroni Smeaton died peacefully in her sleep at 96 years of age, with her beloved husband, Bill, by her side.
Glenn was born in 1924 in Janesville, Pennsylvania, to Desiderio “Mike” Morroni and Eolla Bruzzichesi Morroni. The family eventually moved to New Jersey, where her father owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store, and Glenn attended Barringer High School and Douglass College.
During World War II, Glenn worked for the Walter Kidde Company, where she helped produce fire suppression systems for the war effort. She was also very active in the USO.
Driven by the desire to be an executive secretary, Glenn then attended secretarial school, graduated and landed a prestigious position at DuMont, the pioneering television network in New York City. She subsequently held jobs at American Outdoor and Transworld Airlines. Glenn was also active in Little Theater in Nutley, New Jersey, meeting and acting with her future husband, William Eville Smeaton, in 1949.
Glenn and Bill, then an Air Force staff sergeant, were married in 1952 at Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before the birth of their first child in 1955, Glenn worked as the executive secretary for the Director of Admissions at the University of New Mexico.
Glenn and Bill, together with their four sons, moved to Amarillo in 1965 when Bill accepted an on-air position at KGNC Radio. In addition to lovingly raising her boys, Glenn also found time to take an active role in many school and church activities, volunteer at St. Anthony’s Hospital and return to the secretarial life at The American Quarter Horse Association and El Paso Exploration.
Glenn was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Arley Cline. Survivors include husband Bill of Amarillo, Texas; sons Chris Smeaton (Lynette) of Lewisville, Texas; Brooks Smeaton of Martindale, Texas, Tony Smeaton (Shari) of Amarillo, Texas; Bill Smeaton (Keri) of Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Currently in the process of planning a memorial service, Glenn’s family would like to recognize and sincerely thank the professionals at Texas Hospice and express special, heartfelt gratitude to the team of caregivers at Brookdale Assisted Living in Amarillo for their unfailing love and dedication to Mom and Dad over the past two years. Thank you all so much.
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