Barbara Ann Gay of San Antonio died from complications of stroke and Parkinson’s disease on Friday, February 26, 2013, at the age of 82. She was born on her grandfather’s dairy farm on August 28, 1930 in Palmer, Texas, to Herman Samuel Wadley and Drusilla Gilley Wadley. Her father was electrocuted in an accident at work when she was two weeks old. At the age of five, Barbara’s mother married George M. Daniel whereupon she and her big sister, Sammy, moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana. After briefly living in Lafayette, Louisiana, George was transferred by the Southern Pacific Railroad to Houston. Barbara attended Love School in The Heights, where she performed in many plays and programs and was elected May Queen. Barbara studied acting with a private acting coach. After attending Alexander Hamilton Junior High and John H. Reagan High School, she moved to Denton, Texas to live with her aunt and uncle, Judge Ben and Mae Boyd, and their daughters Patsy and Charlotte. At Denton High, Barbara excelled in speech and drama. The Denton High one-act play went to UIL State Competition in 1948, where the play was named Best Play, and she was named Best Actress. Barbara also won first place in Senior Girl’s Declamation. She was awarded a full scholarship to any Texas public university. Barbara chose Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she majored in speech and drama and minored in English, finishing in 2 Ã?Â 1/2years. Barbara appeared in TWU stage productions and played Mary in the TWU Nativity Play. A talent scout from Paramount Pictures saw her in rehearsal and invited Barbara to take a screen test. She declined, preferring to finish college and then get married and have a family. She continued her love of acting by performing in community theater as a young adult. Barbara’s best friend at Denton High School was McDonald Gay, who worked behind the scenes on speech and drama productions. Their friendship became a romance and they married on September 10, 1950 at the Little Chapel in the Woods on the Texas Woman’s University campus. Mack was drafted into the Army, and Barbara taught school while Mack served in Korea. Their daughter, Patricia, was born in 1955, followed by their second daughter, Rebecca, in 1959. Mack decided to make the military his career, and Barbara excelled at being an Army wife. She loved moving to different places and was passionate about traveling. Mack’s assignments took them to Oklahoma, Kansas, Virginia, and Germany as well as Texas. The family enjoyed many trips throughout Europe. Barbara was a single mother to the girls while Mack served two tours in Vietnam. During the second tour, she and the girls made their home in San Antonio. In 1978, Mack retired from the Army while stationed at Ft. Sam Houston. The couple left San Antonio to make their home in Missouri City, Texas so Mack could begin a civilian career with Houston National Bank. After a transfer to Dallas, the couple lived in Grapevine and Irving. In 1996, Mack retired and he and Barbara moved to San Antonio to live at The Towers retirement community. There they made many wonderful friends and enjoyed serving on various Towers committees and attending many social and cultural events. Barbara’s greatest pleasure and joy in life was her family. She worked very hard to make a wonderful home life for her husband and children. Holidays were very important occasions, especially birthdays and Christmas. Barbara volunteered as a room mother at her children’s schools, taught Sunday school, volunteered at M.D. Anderson, and supported Mack’s volunteer duties with Theater Under the Stars. She loved books, plays, musical theater, movies, observing nature, and taking long walks. She especially enjoyed being a grandparent and will always be remembered for her love of butterflies. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Mack, and their infant son, David Benjamin Gay; by her parents, Drusilla and Herman Wadley; her brother-in-law, Robert Taylor and by her step-sister, Norma Daniel Purnell. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Westfall of San Antonio and Rebecca Eberth and husband, Ed, of Glendale, Arizona; grandchildren Sara Westfall, Brian Westfall and Drew Eberth; her sister, Sammy Lynn Taylor, of Angleton, Texas and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Barbara’s caregivers for the devoted care they gave her during the final stage of her life: Isabel Ybarra, Jessica Ybarra, and Cynthia Choate.
MARCH 11, 2013
FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
1520 HARRY WURZBACH ROAD
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78209
The Rev. Joe Walts officiating.
MEMORIAL SERVICE TO FOLLOW
ONE TOWERS PARK LANE
(IN THE AZALEA-MIMOSA ROOM)
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78209
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
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