Vera Agnes (Horning) Gallarneau, 95, of Amarillo, died peacefully at home, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm, Friday, July 13, 2018 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Reverend Bill Ivins officiating. Private burial will follow at Llano Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Vera Agnes was born on July 13, 1922 in a farm home 4 miles south of Hartley, TX. The fourth and final child of William Clarence Horning and Edna Enola (Wyatt) Horning.
She went by the name Agnes Horning for many years, and her nieces and nephews still call her Aunt Agnes. She graduated valedictorian from Hartley High School and attended West Texas State College in Canyon, TX when World War II became a reality. The summer of 1942, she started working for the Corp of Engineers at the Cactus Plant, Etter, TX., which was north of Dumas, TX. While working at the Cactus Plant, she started using Vera instead of Agnes, because government documents had to have first name. She was transferred to the Pantex Plant in 1945, and later worked for the law firm Gibson, Ochsner, & Little.
She attended Polk Street Methodist Church in her early years of living in Amarillo where she met J. B. “Jack” Gallarneau on January 1, 1946 at a church party. Their first date was in April and they were married at Polk Street on October 24, 1946 and became members of the Homebuilders Sunday School class. She continued to work until a baby was on the way. A son, Cliff Douglas, was born on November 3, 1948. She went back to work in 14 months for Continental Carbon Company. Another baby came along April 26, 1954, a red-headed girl, Suzette. She then became a stay-at-home mom and became more involved with church and volunteering.
Mr. & Mrs. Gallarneau were charter members of Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1954. Vera was the first treasurer for Woman’s Society of Christian Services (WSCS), now United Methodist Women. She held many offices for the church, District & Conference UMW. Although not a charter member of the Covenant Class because of teaching Sunday school, she and Jack were members for many years and, often, Vera was the party planner. They went on many trips with members of the Covenant Class. Charter member of Saints & Spinners Square Dance Club that met at Saint Paul UMC. The group hosted an annual Toys for Tots dance, where the dancers would dress in costume. Jack and Vera attended as Raggedy Ann & Andy many years. Admission price was a toy the club donated to the Marine Corp. Toys for Tots campaign.
A leader for Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Troop 272 for 24 girls, for three years, and served as President of Margaret Wills Elementary and Sam Houston Jr. High PTAs, while her daughter was attending those schools.
When Meals on Wheels was organized Vera became a Thursday weekly driver that spanned 32 years. She even took each of three grandsons with her on her route when they were infants. The recipients became like family and she tried to do extra little things for many of them.
A member of P.E.O. Chapter B, a philanthropic and educational organization for women, since 1985, she held offices as Treasurer, Vice President & President. Starting in 1988, Jack & Vera opened their home as a Bed & Breakfast for P.E.O.s for 16 years, serving 291 guests across the U.S. & Canada. Money received from B&B was donated to scholarship projects.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Richard; two sisters, Mary Laverne Wiseman and Helen Ruth Butler; and her husband, Jack, who died December 31, 2005.
Survivors include a son, Cliff Douglas Gallarneau & wife, Janice; a daughter, Suzette Compton; six grandchildren, Jennifer Leigh Kinter; Christopher Matthew Gallarneau & wife, Sheryl; John Lee Bennett & wife, B’Randa; James Michael Bennett & wife, Jaime; Jared Wade Compton; Jaclyn Suzette Thurman and husband, Travis; eleven great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and dearly loved friends.
The family suggests donations to Saint Paul UMC, Meals on Wheels, or a favorite charity in lieu of flowers.
Visitation will be 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, July 12 at the funeral home.