Gladys Marie Vyers

March 10, 1928August 23, 2018
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Gladys Vyers, 90, died peacefully at 12:00 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Denton Rehabilitation, Denton, Texas with her family at her side.

Rosary and visitation will be 6 p.m. Monday, August 27 at Bratcher Funeral Chapel, 401 West Woodard Street, Denison, Texas. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Stephen Mocio will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home.

Gladys was born March 10, 1928, in Dallas, the daughter of Tomas and Emilia Jerabek Benavides. She attended St. Patrick’s Parochial School in the Cedars district of south Dallas. Gladys married James Alvin Vyers June 21, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. She worked as a seamstress for Nardis of Dallas and Howard Wolf, then was a homemaker after the birth of her first child. Her husband, Jim, was in the U.S. Navy and later the U.S. Air Force for 26 years before they retired to Denison in 1971.

Gladys was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society for over 50 years and for awhile participated in the choir. She was a member of the Retired Military Wives Club and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Her interests included sewing, gardening, and painting.

She was a devoted wife and mother and caregiver to her own mother until Mrs. Benavides’ death in 1985 at the age of 91.

Gladys is survived by two daughters, Ann Vyers and Margaret Vyers, both of Denton, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Vyers in 1986 and 7-year-old son, James Thomas Vyers in 1969.

The family suggests memorials to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Tomas Benavides, Father
  • Emilia Benavides, Mother
  • James Vyers, Husband
  • Ann Vyers, Daughter
  • Margaret Vyers, Daughter
  • James Thomas Vyers, Son

  • St. Patrick Catholic Church


  • Rosary with Family Visitation to follow Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Gladys Marie Vyers

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Harolene Kneeling

September 2, 2018

I want to extend my condolences to both Ann and Margaret on the passing of your mother, Gladys. I know you are comforted by the wonderful memories of your mom told by others. I am grateful to have had the privilege of visiting her as a member of Immaculate Conception Church. I'm sure your mother was proud of both of you ladies. Again sincerest sympathy for your loss.

Dale Stone

September 2, 2018

I served with Jim in the US Navy and used to visit with Gladys and Jim when he was with the Air Police and they lived in Fort Worth. I remember Ann Marie and Margaret and how cute they were. My wife JoAnn and I always enjoyed visiting them and we are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences for the loss of Gladys Marie and her beautiful smile. It brightened the day of so many.

Christopher Gray

August 25, 2018

The Vyers lived across the street from us when I was a child. Mrs. Vyers was my second mom. She would babysit me and my brothers/sisters at times. She always had a smile and kind word to say to us...and cookies! I remember watching cartoons at their house after school.

After they moved to their small acreage outside Denison, my brother, Jeff, and I spent the night with them. I thought it was cool that they had an electric fence!

Of course, Mr. Vyers was the dog catcher for many years. He would find us rabbits and other pets. One day he brought us 2 large white domesticated rats. We (the kids) loved them, but my mother did not. Mom won that argument and Mr. Vyers had to find the rats a new home.

While I am sad to hear about Mrs. Vyers passing, I am also happy that she is reunited with her loving husband and son. May God bless the family with peace.


Gladys Vyers in 2016 church photo


Gladys and her father, Tomas


Baby Gladys and her mother


Gladys as a baby


Baby Gladys with her father


Baby Gladys and her father


Gladys in nursery school, second row from front, far right


      When Gladys Marie Vyers walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Gladys was and how she impacted those around her. Gladys was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Gladys wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Gladys was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Gladys was born on March 10, 1928 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She was the daughter of Tomas and Emilia Benavides. Gladys was raised in Dallas, Texas. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Gladys might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Gladys was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      As a young girl, Gladys was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Gladys was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. In her spare time she liked sewing and crocheting. Gladys had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

      During her high school years, Gladys responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from St. Gladys was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Gladys absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Gladys, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Gladys a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Father Redfern, a priest.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Gladys was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Gladys was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. Later in life, she became friends with Earline and Angelina.

      On June 21, 1947 Gladys married James Alvin Vyers at St. Edwards in Dallas, Texas. Gladys's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards James's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Gladys was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Gladys was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Gladys, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Vyers home. Gladys's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Gladys was blessed with two daughters, Ann and Margaret.

      Gladys was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was homemaker. She was employed as a seamstress for Nardis of Dallas and Howard Wolfe. Gladys was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Gladys had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Gladys's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Gladys loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were sewing, needlework, cake decorating, calligraphy, oil painting, handcrafting artificial wood fiber flowers and painting ceramics. Gladys had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Gladys's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Throughout her life, Gladys was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Gladys seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Gladys usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout her later years, Gladys was an active member of the St. Patrick Altar Society and retired AF wives club.

      Because Gladys was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Gladys's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made her a great asset. Gladys found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. Gladys was an active member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Meals on Wheels. Politically, Gladys was Republican.

      Gladys was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member St. Patrick Catholic Church for 50 years. During that time, she participated in the C. H. I. R. P. S. program. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Gladys's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Gladys took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included church sponsored vacations.

      Gladys was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Lady, a mixed breed, was a best friend for 10 years. Her family was rounded out by her two cats Fluffy and Beauty.

       She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Gladys to master. Even in retirement, Gladys continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Gladys passed away on August 23, 2018 at Denton Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility in Denton, Texas. Her cause of death was Alzheimers. She is survived by her two daughters Ann and Margaret. Services were held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Denison, Texas. Gladys was laid to rest in Calvery Cemetery, Denison, Texas.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Gladys. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Gladys Vyers for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Gladys was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.