Sally Owens Gazzaway

Sally Owens Gazzaway
Sally Owens Gazzaway

Sally Rogers Owens Gazzaway, 84, was born August 11, 1934 to John and Hazel Owens in Dallas, Texas and died January 20, 2019 in Greeley, Colorado. She grew up with her brother Jack and sister Patricia in Dallas, Waco, and Amarillo, Texas. Sally graduated from Amarillo High School in 1951 and married William Raymond “Bill” Gazzaway on September 29, 1952. She worked for Southwestern Investment Corporation, for the local Allis Chalmers tractor dealership, at the Hamlet Elementary School cafeteria, as a Kelly Services “temp,” and, for many years, at the Coffee Memorial Blood Center.

Her most notable occupation was as a homemaker. She budgeted, cooked, washed and ironed, and kept an immaculate house. She made clothes for her children on her Remington sewing machine. She made homemade jellies and jams and her family never lacked for nutritious meals or tasty desserts. She broke up sibling brawls, applied first aid to skinned knees, mended broken hearts, taught her children to make their beds, and taught them how to be independent in taking care of themselves. Her days began before dawn and ended well after bedtime stories were read and the children were tucked in bed with a prayer and a goodnight kiss.

She loved to sing and play hymns on the chord organ. She sang in the church choir and sang for several years with the local Sweet Adeline’s chorus. She expressed her creativity with leatherwork, quilting, and other crafts. She won blue ribbons for some of her creations at the Tri-State Fair.

Sally was a servant at heart. After her children left home, she delivered Meals on Wheels, worked with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and was active in Church Women United. She was active in her local church’s United Methodist Women’s group and served for a time as the missions coordinator.

When a series of falls and surgeries resulted in her being confined to a wheelchair, forcing her to give up driving and her service activities; she was still an influence on her family and, if only dusting something within her reach, did her best to stay active, to take care of her affairs, and to do all she could for others. It was a great frustration to her that she had to depend on family members so much in her later years; but she was grateful to her extended family for all they did to support her. The family is grateful for all she was to us and glad she has now been freed from her pain and her wheelchair. We are especially glad that she will be made whole again in the Kingdom of her Savior, Jesus.

She is survived by a son, Kelly Gazzaway and wife Audrey, of Amarillo; a daughter, Valerie Lowry of Fort Morgan, Colorado; by grandchildren Joseph Lowry and wife Katrina, John Lowry and wife Jessica, Rachel Lowry, TJ Abernathy and wife Jamie, Kenton Gazzaway; and by great grandchildren Clarity Lowry, Shawn Lowry, Aspen Abernathy, Shaylynn Abernathy, and Jaxson Abernathy.

Services are scheduled for Friday, January 25th at 2:00 PM, at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Amarillo, 316 Valley Avenue. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

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9 Replies to “Sally Owens Gazzaway”

  1. To Sally’s Family
    What a beautiful person and fellow worker for Church Women United and United Methodist Women. I loved her, her energy to serve the community, and her love of the Lord.

    1. Thank you Jane Ann. I was delighted to run into you at Annual Conference last year and actually lay eyes on someone Mom had spoken of as a friend and coworker in Christ. I hope you are still doing well and are still able to be active. Thank you for your kind words.

  2. Kelly,
    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Evelyn and I are praying for you and your family. Havon and Evelyn Knighton

  3. Bill and I are sorry to hear the news of Sally’s passing . We will always remember her , as there was nobody like her . As many times as we enjoyed fellowship in choir practice , she was adorably funny . We appreciate her “enormous “personality and all of her contributions to this life we shared 💝 Thank you , Lord for Sally . From Bill and Mary Schrader

    1. Thank you both. Mary, you have always reminded me a lot of my mother in the way you carry a cheerfulness and kindness wherever you go. You serve others but don’t mince words when you see something wrong. Our little church is not the same without either of you.

      1. I am appreciative of the compliment . You see , she was someone I looked up to as a mentor . She was and is … a stand-out when it comes to being the kind of example that speaks volumes. I will tell y’all privately in detail . God is with all of you now .

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