, Port Arthur, Texas

June 28, 2013

Sybil Faye Owers McNeill

The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —   Sybil Faye Owers McNeill, 79, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, Texas.  Sybil was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on June 24, 1933, and resided in Humble, Texas with her husband of six years, John Gleason, Sr.

   Sybil enjoyed life to the fullest. In recent years she focused her creative energies on making colorful and beautiful quilts for family and friends. She was an avid gardener and delighted in creating a backyard haven for birds.  Sybil was known for bringing life to canvas with her watercolors.  She loved traveling and experiencing new cultures with her sister and friends. Her adventurous spirit even led her to try skydiving at age 68, much to her children’s surprise.  Sybil also enjoyed playing golf and bridge with her husband, John.

   Sybil was preceded in death by her father, Colice E. Owers; mother, Velma T. Owers and sister, Betty Jean Thornton. She leaves behind to cherish her memory: husband, John R. Gleason, Sr., of Humble; children Lauri McNeill Brunner and husband, Stephen Brunner of Kingwood, Shonn Kevin McNeill and wife Julie McNeill of Huntsville, Alabama and Leslie Elizabeth Nesbitt and husband, Kirk Nesbitt of Cypress; grandchildren Aaron Brunner of Urbana, Illinois, Kirsten Brunner Green and husband, 1Lt. John Green of El Paso, Devon Brunner of Kingwood, Sean McNeill and Ryan McNeill of Huntsville, Alabama; sister, Shirley Owers O’Brien of Corpus Christi and many nieces and nephews.


The family would like to thank the nurses of Kingwood Medical Center CVN ICU, in particular, Renee, Lisa, Meghan, Jo and Anita.  These ladies were mom’s angels and helped us through a very difficult time.  We appreciate the care and dignity they offered our mom.

   Memorial services will be held Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM, at the Atascocita United Methodist Church, 19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble, Texas 77346. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Atascocita United Methodist Church (AUMC) in memory of Sybil McNeill.  Funds will be used for an entry garden for the new sanctuary.