Obituary: Gloria Dale Maris Hemenway


Gloria Dale Maris Hemenway of Clarkesville, Tennessee, formerly of Newport, departed this life at Nashville, on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the age of 77. Gloria was born November 29, 1942, in Newport, the daughter of Jesse Dale Maris and Dora Nelle Carlile Maris.

Following high school, Gloria attended Arkansas State College where she earned her bachelor and Masters’s Degree in Foreign Language. She also spent a summer at Austin Peay University in 1996 earning a special designation in foreign language.

Maris married her high school sweetheart, Charles Wilson Hemenway on April 3, 1963. Together they shared 57 years. Gloria and Charles lived in Louisiana, Missouri, and made their permanent home in Clarkesville in 1972.

Gloria spent over 41 years teaching Spanish and French. She was beloved by her students, most likely because she expected excellence from them and had the innate ability to inspire them to excellence in learning. Gloria’s love of Spanish came from her high school days while working at the Sterling Dime Store in Newport. She wanted to be able to communicate with the Spanish speaking population that entered the store. Gloria’s love of French came from the time she and Charles spent in Louisiana. She was fluent in English, Spanish, and French and could quickly switch languages in conversation.

Gloria enjoyed playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, spending time with her daughter, granddaughter, and later her great-grandchildren. She especially loved the weekend trips she and Charles would make to Tunica.

Gloria was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Thomas Hemenway, one daughter, Sonya Hemenway Blais on September 5, 2013, her mother, Nelle Carlile Maris on November 29, 1980, and her father, Jesse Dale Maris on February 27, 1995.

She is survived by her husband, Charles W. Hemenway of Clarkesville, Tennessee; one granddaughter, Katherine Holt Williams and husband, Joe; two great-grandchildren, Kaden Nguyen Williams and Van Le Williams all of Nashville, Tennessee; one brother, Rhett Maris and wife, Jan, of Newport. Also, surviving are two sisters in law, Becky Castleberry and Brenda Albright and husband, Sam, all of Hot Springs two nieces, Jessica Maris Hubbard of Carrollton, Texas and Beth Albright of Dallas, Texas; two nephews, Steve Castleberry and Mike Castleberry both of Little Rock; and a lifetime of students and friends.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday, June 22, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with services to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jeremy Pressgrove officiating. Interment will be in Alderbrook Cemetery at Desha, Arkansas.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Joe Williams, Van Le Williams, Sam Albright, Steve Castleberry, and MikeCastleberry.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association at or by mail at Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Attn: Development Department
375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

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