Gloria Bussey McQueen, a pioneering leader in Baptist youth ministry, died Dec. 9 in Arlington. She was 92. She was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Garland to Emmett DeWitt Bussey and Olivia Carriker Bussey. She earned her undergraduate degree from Baylor University. At First Baptist Church in Longview, she served as the young people’s director in Training Union and as interim youth minister. The Baptist General Convention of Texas recognized her innovative programming for youth, and she was asked to travel to churches across the state to help other churches develop similar programs involving small learning groups. She and her husband Dan moved to Atlanta, Ga., in the 1960s where he became business manager of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Home Mission Board. She committed her life to working with inner-city youth and providing them with opportunities, such as camps, that otherwise would not have been available to them. She was preceded in death by husband of 66 years in 2016, and by their son, Danny McQueen, who died in 1990 at age 37.
Obituary: Gloria Bussey McQueen
December 16, 2020