Laura Faye Gallop


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Laura Faye Gallop Reeder

Jul 21 1921 - Oct 13 2004

Laura Faye Gallop Reeder, the eleventh of thirteen children born to the pioneering Collin County family of Joseph Clarence and Laura Emily Rogers Gallop, passed away October 13, 2004. Raised amid the cotton fields of Hebron and Parker, Texas, Laura pursued a life of human service. A graduate of Plano schools, St. Paul School of Nursing, and Texas Women’s University, Laura followed the pathway of reaching out and touching lives. As a registered nurse, Laura found fulfillment in providing love and comfort for those placed in her care. The three basic principles of Laura’s life were God, family, and friends. Baptized as a child in a creek west of Plano, Laura was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lucas for 57 years. Throughout her life, Laura served on various church committees and as teacher of the ladies Sunday school class. The true love of her life was Curtis—the high-school sweetheart who became her soul mate and partner. Married on November 8, 1946, Curtis and Laura called Lucas, Texas, home. Laura was very proud of her children, Virginia Cotten and Rick Reeder. Always their greatest supporter, she was thankful for their belief in God. She was equally proud of the adults her children became. One of her greatest joys was her only grandchild, Ginger Anne Cotten—the little girl who grew into a beautiful woman and who adored her grandmother. In addition to her immediate family, Laura was blessed to have had supportive parents and siblings. A legacy to her family was shared in the book, Dusty Records, her account of the Gallop family from 1777-1992. In addition to this book, Laura authored numerous award winning poems and stories. Like her faith and family, Laura’s friendships were precious to her. Her love was extended through selfless acts of service, kindness, and prayer for those she befriended. She was always ready to aid and serve whenever there was a need. Even in the end, she was reaching out and taking care of those who had come to care for her. Preceded in death by her parents and many brothers and sisters, Laura is survived by her husband, Curtis; daughter, Virginia; son, Rick; granddaughter, Ginger; sister, Ruby Fuller; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Wayne Farrar; and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Laura’s life will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 16, 2004, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, Allen, TX. The Reeder family invites family and friends to join in honoring the memory of one of God’s gracious ladies. Private interment will follow at the historical Frankford Cemetery in Addison.
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