Glenda Wilkes Nicholson

March 26, 1963 - November 6, 2023

Glenda Wilkes Nicholson, 60, of Houston, entered eternal rest on Monday, November 6, 2023. She was born March 26, 1963, in Rayne, Louisiana, to Barbara Nell Domingue Wilkes and Glen Derrick Wilkes.

She married Jimmy Dean Nicholson on November 24, 1984 and became a mother to Ciarli Alyse Nicholson in 1987. She attended Lamar University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design and followed that with a teaching certificate.

Glenda began her teaching career at Beverly Hills Intermediate in Pasadena ISD as an art teacher and made lifelong friendships over her 32-year career.  Always the learner, Glenda returned to school to earn a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She spent the last seventeen years serving the students of the South Belt community as a Counselor at Dobie Main, Dobie East, and finally at the Dobie Ninth Grade campus. While she thoroughly enjoyed her work as a school counselor, she was looking forward to retirement in December to spend more time with family and friends especially her two grandchildren, Trey and Jolie.

When not working, Glenda’s favorite place was in her hammock, taking in the tropical oasis she cultivated in her backyard. She took great pleasure in sharing this space with the people she held dear to her heart. Her grandchildren adored their “Bob”, and being a grandparent is something she truly cherished. She will be sorely missed by her four-legged best friend, Idgie.

Glenda enjoyed working with her hands and was proficient in many areas, notably as a gifted artist with a wickedly brilliant sense of humor.  She had a way of seamlessly blending her wit with her warm heart, crafting personalized cards that never failed to bring joy to those fortunate enough to receive them.  She was a colorful storyteller and was never at a loss for sharing one for just about any situation.   Her gift for genuine human connection allowed her to be the sounding board for many. She will be immensely missed, and her absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Survivors include her daughter, Ciarli Morgan and husband, Mark, Jr. of Hitchcock; grandchildren, Trey and Jolie Morgan; mother, Barbara Wilkes of Hamshire; brothers, Bret Wilkes and wife, Nikki, of Beaumont and Trent Wilkes and wife, Theresa, of Hamshire; nieces, Kelsee Wilkes, Kerstee Wilkes, and Karlee Ogden; nephews, Derrick Wilkes, L.A. and C.T. Ogden; -as well as other extended, loving family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Glen Wilkes, and stepfather, Jerry Martin.

A Celebration of Ms. Nicholson’s Life for her family and friends will be held at a later date. A private graveside service will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie, under the direction of Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie.


Fairview Cemetery-Winnie
  • 213, Fairview Cemetary Drive, Winnie, Texas, 77665,

Comments (16)

    Cathy Manahan says:

    Just learned of this and so terribly sorry. My love to Ciarli and all the Wilkes clan.

    Lisa Franzen says:

    Barbara and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort. Hugs!

    Kim Shirley says:


    I just saw this. I didn’t know. I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

    Tommye Hodges says:

    Praying for your family. May God give you peace & Comfort.

    Claudia Koons says:

    So sorry to hear this. We graduated from Lamar in 1986 and became good friends. We were roomies on a trip to New York and had a great time. Wish we could’ve stayed in contact. RIP Glenda.

    Maxine Nicholson says:

    Ciarli, Trey, Jolie, Barbara: I just heard. I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you all. I don’t know any words that will help but please know that I’m praying for God’s comforting arms to surround you and that my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. Love you all!

    Ida Dearbonne Brevell says:

    My Sincere Condolences to Trent Wilkes and all the Wilkes Family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. May she RIP.

    Angela Bourque Moody says:

    So saddened by this news. My sincere condolences to all the family. Although we lost touch through the years I’m so very thankful she left behind nothing but wonderful and fond childhood memories for me. RIP sweet Glenda

    Annie Amason says:

    Thoughts and prayers for the family. I loved Glenda.

    Tammie Gilfillian says:

    Dear Barbara and Trent – sending much love and many prayers. Glenda was loved greatly by our class of 1981 !

    Tami Webb says:

    Dear Ms. Barbara, Ciarli, Trent, Bret and all of your families…My heart and prayers are with you all. I am so very saddened by your loss. However, I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories, and we find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their life and love. I pray that God, who knows your sorrow, brings you peace, comfort, and healing.
    Please know that I am praying for you all with love and my deepest condolences. Glenda will forever be remembered and missed. RIP Sister Sue.

    Darla Bruce King says:

    To Glenda’s Family,
    I am so sad to hear of the loss of Glenda. She was truly one of the nicest people I have ever known. Prayers of comfort to her family and close friends at this time of loss.

    Ricky J Cravy says:

    So sorry to hear about Glenda. I remember her as always being so happy and cheerful everytime I would see her. I pray for God’s Love and Peace for your family.

    Teresa broussard says:

    Glenda was one of our 1981 graduating classmates of Hamshire-Fannett HS. I have not seen her in years, but I have such fond memories of such a sweet soul. I remember when we were planning our 5th class reunion and I met her at her little rent house in Hamshire. She was telling me how “people” thought she was making a huge mistake for pursuing an art degree because there was “no market” for it. I was not a college student, so who was I to judge, nor did I have any experience nor knowledge as to whether that was the right thing to do. Remember, most of us were around 22-23 years old at that time in our lives. Glenda was adamant about her chosen degree of choice because she allowed her passion for art guide her. More people should direct their lives that way. As I have read all of her accomplishments with her higher education and her career, I am honestly not shocked one bit. I still see her sitting in my car that day venting a little because she knew in her mind that she would do great things. And she did. Love you Glenda! Praying for your family that is left to mourn you! There is no doubt, you are leaving a huge void in your family and all those who have had the pleasure of knowing you. Rest in peace.

    Debbie Gold says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your family’s loss. Prayers from my family to yours.

    Becky Gatewood says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Glenda’s family and friends.

    Steve and Becky Gatewood

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