Share This Obituary
Resources

Send Flowers
 On-Line Flower Shop


Memories & Candles

“I graduated from Austin High School in 1960--was a Pinkie and then a Red Dragon until graduating--I enjoyed theater and technical work connected with...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: lynne castle - Lafayette, LA

“Mrs. Windrum's daughter, Jill, was one of my very best friends growing up. I spent countless hours at their house at drama lessons, sleepovers,...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Whalen - Dallas, TX

“I was lucky enough to be in one of Mrs. Windrum's last classes, graduating in 1993 from Pflugerville High School. She and Mr. Bill will always be...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Jeffery Maass - pflugerville, TX

“Miss Cole was responsible for many of my very best memories of Austin High School ! Because of her talent as the director of Red Dragons, I...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Ladonna Hammett - Albuquerque, NM

“I am the theatre director of the Red Dragon Players at Stephen F. Austin High School. I never had the pleasure of knowing -- or even meeting -- "Ms....Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Billy Dragoo - austin, TX

“Those of us who worked with Miss Cole in the Red Dragon Players in the late 1950s and early '60s will always treasure those days and associated...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Bryan Reddick - Elmira, NY

“As a member of the Red Dragon Players at AHS I was a big fan of Miss Cole (as I knew her). She was an inspiration to me and had a lot to do with the...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Moxie Villarreal - Austin, TX

“I was a student at Austin High during Gloria's first two years there. I remember particularly her production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST in...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: John Sucke - Kamuela, HI

“Jill, What a beautifully written memorial for your mother. I know I only know her through seeing the wonderful work she did in raising you. ...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Laura Wilson - Cedar Park, TX

“My husband John and I met while members of the Red Dragon Players at Austin High School. He was in the class of 1959 and was President of the...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Alice and John Davis - Austin, TX

“Brilliant and beautiful lady who, no doubt, took great pride in her gorgeous daughters, their husbands, and her talented and gifted grandchildren. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: The David Swofford family - TX

“I have been in touch, for genealogy reasons, with Bill Windrum in the past, and have a fairly complete genealogy of your family, should you wish to...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Ralph Wyndrum Jr. - NJ


Gloria Cole Windrum, retired educator of Austin, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012. Born on December 13, 1926, in Temple Texas, Gloria grew up in Cameron, Texas, graduating from Yoe High School in 1943 as salutatorian of her class. She went to Lon Morris Junior College and to the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1947 with a Bachelors Degree in English and Speech Communication, followed by a Masters Degree in Education.

Gloria taught school in the Austin Independent School District at the middle and high school level. She especially enjoyed her years at Austin High School as the speech and drama teacher and director of the famed "Red Dragon" drama troupe.

In 1962 she was awarded an NDEA grant to study for her doctorate at Columbia University. Shortly before she was to leave for New York, she met and married the love of her life, Charles William "Bill" Windrum, preferring to stay in Austin and start a family. After taking time out to raise two daughters, Gloria retuned to teaching in 1982. She taught English, speech, drama and debate at Pflugerville High School. She was named PHS Teacher of the Year in 1991. She retired in 1993, and enjoyed scrapbooking, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. An avid animal lover, Gloria enjoyed doting on her pets. She and Bill were longtime members of Asbury United Methodist Church. She was also a charter member of the Austin Assistance League.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Windrum. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in laws, Julie and Rick Costas, and Jill and Todd Thalmann, all of Austin. She leaves behind four grandchildren: Lauren and Dustin Thalmann, Bradley and Caroline Costas.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Arden Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living Facility, where she spent her last two and a half years. We would also like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice, who took such good care of her in her last few months. Services will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church with burial at Capital Memorial Gardens to follow.