Joan Temple Galt

Passed away on February 23, 2013

Joan Temple Galt lived an extraordinary life as an artist. Her art extended from vibrant paintings to the way she arranged the flowers on the breakfast table to how she saw a future sculpture in a graceful seed pod. Creativity, beauty and proportion guided her endeavors. Joan’s brilliant, shining Soul left her physical body on February 23, 2013 at age 88.

Joan loved life, and many people loved her, starting with her parents, Jessebelle Barry and James “Foxy” Temple. She began her marriage of 53 years to Dr. Jabez Galt in 1949, while her father was mayor of Dallas. Joan’s grandparents and great grandparents were early residents of Dallas. She graduated from the Hockaday School and the University of Texas. Joan is survived by son Bryan Temple Galt and his daughter Camille Galt, and by her daughter Anna Temple Galt, Anna’s husband Dennis Cline, and Anna’s daughter Alexandra Galt Swast and her husband Timothy Swast. Also, brother James Temple of Colorado, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, Joan would have welcomed donations to The Stewpot Ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Habitat for Humanity, or any charity that helps animals.

Memorial service will be Saturday, March 2nd at 2:00 PM at Sparkman/Hillcrest. Private interment at a later date at Grove Hill Memorial Park, near her many ancestors.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 2, 2013

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Traci Acker

August 4, 2013

My love goes out to the family of Joan Galt. I am blessed to have known Mrs. Galt. Her footprint will be on my heart forever. May God give a special blessing to her son, Bryan,for the loving and selfless years he spent by his mother's side caring for her every need.

Keiichiro Maino

March 6, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathy from Japan.

Iris Cromartie

March 3, 2013

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

Susan Neumann

March 2, 2013

My aunt Joan and I shared so many of the same passions - family, art, gardening and a love of animals to name a few. I have such fond memories of our wonderful conversations and visits over the years. Joan had a great sense of humor and loved to have fun! She was a warm and compassionate person gifted in so many ways. Her artistic talents were apparent to all who visited her lovely home. She was extremely creative with her works of art surrounding her. She could do it all - drawing, painting, sculpting, sewing, cooking, gardening. As a child growing up I found my interests leaning towards the arts - I wanted to be like Aunt Joan. She provided a great role model and inspiration for my life as an artist. Thank you Joan! I love you and will miss you terribly, but I know you are rejoicing with loved ones in Heaven and probably creating beautiful works of art!

Bill Temple

March 1, 2013

What a classy, kind, and lovely lady. We will miss you Aunt Joan!

Temple Whitson

February 28, 2013

We are so saddened by the news about Cousin Joanie, but she led such an inspirational life that she will always be with us in our hearts and memories. Just this past week we were talking about her style and artistic talents... Love to the family!

Camille Galt

February 28, 2013

Hi Joanie, Im writing this to you because I know you're reading as I type. I wanted to say a few things. First is just three small words..I love you. You were a wonderful mother, friend, sister, grandmother and person all together, who made the best rice I might add!! I continue to look up to you, you are such a wonderful role model for young woman to look up to. You are so strong and really show true motivation with everything that you have accomplished. I miss you terribly, but I will continue to remind myself how blessed I was to have you as my grandmother and remember you as the fun-loving, kind-hearted person that you were. I tend to see you in little ways throughout my day, from the butterflies landing on me to the flowers and art I see wherever I go. You are gone, but never forgotten. I love you so much Joanie, I hope you and Boo Daddy are having a blast up there in heaven, oh, and how could I forget Zebaji too! I will see you again, but, until then, I love you forever

Your Granddaughter, Camille Galt

Laura Bundred

February 27, 2013

There's little we can fo or say right now~please know that our hearts snd thought are with you in your time of sorrow.

Elisabeth King Seibold

February 27, 2013

My earliest childhood memories include the Galts. Joan and my mother, Judy King, were such close friends. In fact, I think Mom thought of Joan as her "creative" consultant, when it came to fashion or decor. She had an incredible eye for color and design. Joan has always been a wonderful friend to all of us and she will be greatly missed!

Bob Kidder

February 27, 2013

Some of my fondest memories as a boy were the many hours I spent at the Galt home. Joan was always so kind to me, and it was obvious that she was dedicated to her family. I was also fortunate to have been able to spend some time with Joan these past several months and she was as sweet and loving as ever. Joan was a lovely person and I will miss her.