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GRAPEVINE -- Lynda Kay Gilliam, 77, answered the Master's Call on December 3, 2016. Service will be Wednesday, December 7th at 12:30pm at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville, Texas with Brother Charles Payne and Nephew, Rev. Rusty Gilliam officiating.
She was born on November 11, 1939 to Melvin and Frances Gross. She was preceded in death by her father and mother and her sister, Anne LaCrosse. Lynda graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and was a registered pharmacist in Texas and Colorado for 54 years. She and her husband, Burl owned several retail buildings in downtown Grapevine. She was a member of the Bay View Club, Texas Pharmaceutical Association, and the American Astronomy Association.
She traveled the world including Iceland, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, England, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Italy, Mexico, Egypt, Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Hawaii, Israel, and Alaska. She had a great passion for the arts. She loved opera, ballet, and the symphony. But her greatest love was rock-n-roll music. Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac lost their biggest fan today! She was passionate about spreading the word of Jesus. Her number one mission was making sure her only granddaughter knew the Lord. Mission accomplished. Growing up in Fort Worth, Kay became involved in the Junior Astronomy Association. She became President of the National Astronomy Association as just a high schooler, and that sparked her love to see solar eclipses of the sun all over the world.
After getting married, Kay's adventurous and competitive spirit led to a life of softball, downhill and cross country skiing and hiking in the Rocky Mountains while living for several years in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After moving back to Texas, she became co-owner of City Drug and relief pharmacist for several other pharmacies in the DFW area. Kay loved being involved in both her children's lives and especially loved helping raise her only grandchild. She was Sierra's biggest fan in whatever she chose to pursue and especially loved listening to her original music. Kay will always be remembered by her radiant blue eyes, bright smile, spunky spirit, and continuous kindness that will live on in many hearts forever.
Survivors: Husband of 55 years, Burl Gilliam. Son - Lance Gilliam of Plano, Daughter - Laura Self of Grapevine, Granddaughter - Sierra Gronwaldt & husband Kevin of North Richland Hills, Nephews - Gary Gilliam & wife Gwen, Rusty Gilliam & wife Deborah, Ford LaCrosse, and Joel Gilliam. Nieces - Lola LaCrosse & husband Jerry Tutt, Amy Ferguson and husband Billy. Cousins - Babe Jett, John Jett and Gayla Shannon & husband Mike.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Activities Department at Keller Oaks Healthcare Center: 8703 Davis Blvd, Keller, TX 76248.
Published on December 5, 2016
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