OBITUARY

Katherine L. Myers

January 28, 1913October 2, 2012
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FORT WORTH -- Katherine Louise Myers, 99, died Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at her home. Services will be held in the chapel at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Church at 2024 S. Collins in Arlington on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. She was an amazing woman, beloved by all who knew her. She was courageous in adversity, generous to all, and unfailingly cheerful. She loved all animals especially her dogs, her baby chickens, the hummingbirds which fed outside her window, and her swans and geese. She loved shopping and parties, and everyone loved her. Kay was born in Butler, Pennsylvania, on January 28, 1913, into a musical family. She played the violin and piano, and she and her sisters sang on the radio as "The Dale Sisters." As a young woman she worked in Washington, D.C., at the Dept. of Agriculture and at the Washington Post. In 1936 she married Joseph H. Gaylord, Jr., and they moved to Fort Worth, with their children, Susan, Judy, and John. Then in 1950 they bought a place "in the country." It was a truly wonderful place to raise a family -- with a lake, horses, cattle, chickens, a donkey, even pigs -- and, of course, dogs and cats. After her husband Joe and son John were killed in a boating accident in 1952, she met and married Stanford L. Myers in 1954. She was blessed with a "second family" -- son Stephen and daughter Laury. By this time, that wonderful place in the country had been gobbled up by the city. Stan, who had started his own successful oil exploration company (He built it!), also built K-Mar Mobile Home Park so that Kay would have a continuing source of income. It, also, was very successful. In 1985 she went on a three-week bus tour of Europe. The trip was made more memorable to her family back at home in that it happened during the TWA hostage crisis, something of which Kay was blissfully unaware. After Stan's death in 1993, Kay spent the next 19 years surrounded by her loving family in her country house. In 2009, at the age of 96, she went on an Alaskan cruise featuring Bill & Gloria Gaither's Homecoming crew, and spent a wonderful week surrounded by beautiful scenery and Christian people, mostly of her own generation -- truly "The Greatest Generation." She is preceded in death by husband, Stanford L. Myers; daughter, Laury Ann Johnson; first husband, Joseph H. Gaylord Jr.; and son, John A. Gaylord; brothers, Alfred H. Gumpper and Richard V. Gumpper; and sisters Betty Hocker and Ada McDonnell. Survivors: Brother, John W. Gumpper; sister, Evelynita Illsley Welsh; daughters, Susan Gaylord Buxton and Judith K. Gaylord; son, Stephen A. Myers and wife Laura; son-in-law Bill Johnson; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild to arrive soon, and dozens of nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Jennifer McLemore and Aletha McGowan for their loving care of our mother.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 6, 2012
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Thresa Cunningham-Bailey

October 12, 2012

The classiest woman I have ever known. She knew how to love and be loved and was an incredible role model. Heaven has truly gained a unique soul. I will always cherish my memories of you and my dear friend Laury and keep you both in my heart.

Barbara Simmons

October 10, 2012

Dear Ones - the beautiful Gumpper girls were sure something special, every one of them! And all of us have been blessed to have them as mothers, aunts, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Your darling mother was my mother's Maid of Honor and I have a lovely photograph of them together on that day. I always thought of your mother as charmingly gracious, fun-loving and high-spirited, such a joy to be around. Keep all of your wonderful memories deep in your hearts so they can bring you comfort now and forever. She will be missed greatly by everyone who had the good fortune to know her. Lovingly, Barbara

Carole McCrory

October 10, 2012

I remember thinking that my Aunt K.L. was the most beautiful and vivacious women. My Mother's wonderful younger sister. Betty loved K.L. so much and talked about her alot towards the end of her life. I am glad to think of them together now singing and reunited with family members. Barbara and I send our most sincere sympathy to Susan,Judy, and Steven. Carole

Karen McDonnell

October 7, 2012

My Aunt Kay was a beautiful lady. She was talented, generous, and loving. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

October 6, 2012

To Sue, steve, Judy and to all the Myer family, I know you have lost a beautiful great mother and friend. she will be missed
Art Vogts

Lisa Navarro

October 6, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of another loss in the family. I am grateful for seeing my Aunt Kay in 2003 and remember being so impressed by how beautiful, elegant and spry she was. With heartfelt sympathy from your California cousins and my mother Evie, (Kay's little sister). Love, Lisa

October 6, 2012

Steve,Laura, Anna, and Stephen,
We are so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find peace in the love your mother/grandmother had for you and her pride in all that you do.

Mary and David Henderson

Randy Lawson

October 5, 2012

Sorry for your loss Steve. She sounds like a fantastic lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Laura.

Sue Roundy

October 5, 2012

Judy, Susan and Steve, Herb and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. What a wonderful full life she had and I am certain of the void she will leave in your hearts.

October 5, 2012

Rest in Peace Great Aunt Kay. It's been way too many years since I've seen you but I have the fondest of memories from my teenage years of visiting my Grandfather and Grandmother Myers and seeing you as well!