Gayla Kirsten Harper Dupree
November 4, 1938 – July 7, 2018
Gayla Kirsten Harper Dupree began her new journey on July 7, 2018. She was at home in Duncanville,Texas and surrounded by her family. No more pain, only joy with The Lord in Heaven. Her journey on earth is complete, but her legacy will last for generations.
She was born to Boyce and Lucy Adams Harper at their home in Martin's Mill, Texas on November 4, 1938. She was the second of three girls. At an early age, her family moved from East Texas to Oak Cliff, where she spent most of her childhood. She was a member of Adamson High School Class of 1957. She met Ben in 1955 and they married on February 9,1957. Duncanville became their home in 1961, where they raised their 4 children.
The love and devotion she shared with Ben cannot be overstated. Through 61 years, they were constant companions - always supporting each other, always at each others side - through the difficult times and the most joyous celebrations.
Her greatest gift to her children was raising them in a Christian home. She made sure they were at church every Sunday and taught them to keep The Lord first in their lives. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Duncanville where she was a preschool Sunday School teacher for many years. During the 1970's she also served as a foster care parent for infants at Hope Cottage of Dallas.
One of Gayla's biggests joys was playing scrabble with her mom and sisters. She also enjoyed cooking, reading, watching musicals, watching the Texas Rangers, and any activity that involved her grandchildren. She was "grandmomma" to Jason, Kristin, Trisha, Jordan, Bryan, Jake, Shance, Zachary, Treyce, and Davis, and also to her great-grandchilden Briley, Brooklyn, Baylor, Cody, Gage, Brock and Tripp.
Although her last several years were filled with physical pain and disability, her heart was filled with courage beyond measure. She accepted God's plan and rarely questioned it. As long as her husband was by her side she knew she would endure. Ben served as her 24 hour caregiver and sometimes cook. (A lot of trial and error and take-out on the cook part)
Memories of Gayla will live on through her husband of 61 years, Ben; her daughter, Dena Pack of Midlothian; sons and their wives, Doyal and Mary Dupree of Cedar Hill; William Dale and Sandra Dupree of Arlington; and Scott and Carla Dupree of Atlanta, Texas. Also her sister, Cecelia Jones of Arlington; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Also, brother-in-law Sean Brooks, and lifelong friends Mary Ordenaux and Billie Anderson.
Along with her parents and Ben's parents, she joins in Heaven her sister, Karen Conway; brother-in-laws Pat Conway and John Jones; sister-in-law Susan Fetherlin ; her precious niece, Alex Conway; and her friend Joyce Jackson.
To her sister Cecelia: Thank you for being her best friend.
To her nieces and nephews - Patrice, Greg, Laura, John, Jeffrey Boyce, Andrea, Tab, and Courtney: She loved each of you like you were her own. Thanks for bringing so much joy to her life.
To her many Texas cousins, hen party kin and friends: She had a special place in her heart for each and every one of you. Thanks for all your love and support.
To Mary, Sandra and Carla: Thank you for loving her sons.
The family would like to extend a special "Thank You" to all the great people at VNA Hospice. Your professional assistance was loving and so very special.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers: Jason Dupree, Jordan Dupree, Bryan Dupree, Jake Dupree, Shance Abercrombie, Zachary Pack, Treyce Pack, and Davis Dupree. Services were held at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas, TX with Chaplain Cameron Gillett officiating.