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