Toye Mae Dennis

September 10, 1934 - June 28, 2009

Toye Mae Dennis, age 74, of McKinney, Texas, passed away on June 28, 2009. She was born on September 10, 1934 to Manley K. and Dora B. (Johnson) Gilliland in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Toye grew up in Farmersville where she graduated from high school. On May 14, 1977 she married Omer Lee Dennis in Greenville, Texas. She was Vice President and Cashier for several Dallas area banks. Toye had a great love for her family and loved china painting, antiquing and trips to Choctaw. She was also a member of the Farmersville Historical Society. Toye was of the Church of Christ faith. She is survived by her daughters, Tena Callahan of Dallas, Texas, Niki Gonzales and husband Ron of Richardson, Texas, Tamy Stark and husband David of Howe, Texas and Jami Treigle and husband Frank of Allen, Texas; son-in-law, George Tsingos of Daytona Beach Florida; stepdaughter, Barbara Ann Lindenblatt of Plano, Texas; sixteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by husband, Omer Dennis; parents, Manley and Dora Gilliland; three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 2, 2009 in the Chapel at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas, with Allen Fuqua, officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

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well...today was the last day of all of the "firsts" without you here with me....it has been the most painful, lonely, saddest year i have ever experienced in my life. with that said, it has been the greatest learning and growth period i have ever had. thank you for being the beautiful person inside and out that you are and for leaving me w/ precious memories that i will certainly treasure for the rest of my days. thank you for being the best mom and memaw ever!! miss you so much.... love you forever...................... jami lyn ......, June 28, 2010 happy mothers day.. i love you jami t, May 10, 2010 Raven: miss you everyday. keeping my Angel on my shoulder. love you always and forever. Memorie: i love you so much Memaw. you are in my heart. Raven and Memorie Treigle, March 6, 2010 you know how i feel... :( Merry Christmas love you forever, December 22, 2009 what an empty day it was. i figured it would be. the many years of you and pepaw being up all night making so much food for all of your guests gave me sweet memories though, but it's just not the same. i had an empty chair at my table this year and it broke my heart. i miss you so much. i always will!! Happy Thanksgiving.... love you forever !!!, November 27, 2009 i miss you. everyday i miss you. raven treigle, November 22, 2009 i wonder when i will feel better. i wonder when i will get used to this new life of mine. i wish i knew...this whole thing seems like it just started yesterday and then it seems as if its been an eternity... i cry everyday.....sometimes multiple times. i don't feel complete anymore and it's such a difficult place to be....just wanna hold hands again like we would when we were drivin around. i miss that so much...i miss everything....i miss you. love you forever, September 29, 2009 13 weeks today and I still miss you so much. I see things that remind me of you all the time and I cry. I miss you & spending my weekends with you. I hope you & D are happy to be together again. Yall were always so happy when you were with each other. I love u mom. Niki Gonzales, September 27, 2009 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEMAW!!! hope you had a beautiful celebration with pepaw today. i miss you more than you will ever know!! i love you, September 10, 2009 8 weeks today. seems its been more than a life time. Niki, Memorie and i had starbucks and doughnuts with you this morning. starting college tomorrow. wish you were here. raisins treigle, August 23, 2009 8 weeks today. seems its been more than a life time. Niki, Memorie and i had starbucks and doughnuts with you this morning. starting college tomorrow. wish you were here. raisins treigle, August 23, 2009 3 weeks today...i miss you sooo much - my heart is broken. i will love you forever. rest peacefully my sweet momma.... jami t., July 19, 2009 Toye and I worked together many years ago, but I have always remember her great spirit and zest for life. She was basically full time entertainment, more fun to be around and a wonderful lady. I have not seen Toye in a few years but always have remembered our work times together and have laughed at the fun memories. Thank God for the wonderful friends that come through our lives. Thank God for my friend, Toye Dennis. She was one fiesty lady. Paul Rowntree, July 1, 2009 The last time Aunt Toye saw me, I was very, very young. I don't remember her, but I know she remembered me. I was told that my father, Marlton Gilliland, was crazy about her and very proud of her. He told me that I reminded him a bit of her... When my sister Dora and her husband Don met Aunt Toye a few years back, both of them told me how much I resembled her. Even though I do not hold many memories of any Gilliland relatives, there is an empty place in my heart from her passing. With much love and honor for you, my dear Aunt Toye, go with God as He takes you to your home in Heaven. Donna Ann (Gilliland) Gori Donna Ann (Gilliland) Gori, July 1, 2009 Toye liked me from the minute we met, and worked hard to better my career. I owe her much. She was a blast to work for and with. She was very protective of her employees and went the extra mile to help anyone that needed it. I hope if nothing else, I brought that quality to my management style. I may not have seen her in years, but have thought of her often. Toye will be missed. Darrell Sheridan, July 1, 2009 Dear Niki and Ron, my sweet Sister in-law my heart goes out to you and your sisters and the rest of the family members. Your mother was a grand lady, so sweet and truthful. She welcome the Gonzales family with open arms as a mother to all. I know Ron loved her very much and she to him as he mention she treated me just like my mom would, like a son. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She will be missed greatly. Diane and Lee Gonzales Diane Gonzales, July 1, 2009 I share your sorrow in the loss of Toye. She was an amazing influence on many lives. I worked with Toye at several banks and was blessed to have Toye as a mentor and friend. She had great compassion, energy and laughter. She had begun painting porcelain and for my wedding she painted a beautiful desk clock for us. It sits on my dresser and has always meant a great deal to me. The love she and Omer shared was beyond words. Your family was greatly blessed and enriched by this wonderful woman. Bethann Roberts, July 1, 2009 Niki, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. Mario & Marta Azzolini, July 1, 2009 Niki, I work with Ron at Claudius Peters Americas. We were saddened to hear of your Mother's departure from this life. We offer our condolences on the loss of Mother. Ray and Janice Worthington Ray and Janice Worthington, July 1, 2009 Aunt Toye to me, an adorable woman, loving, so very kind, humorus and very smart. The last of "the Mississippi Gillilands", Aunt Toye will be forever in my heart. Although the years have separated us, I am so greatful to have had the opportunity to finally meet her in 2007 just before her birthday. And the day we met will be forever with me. My heart is very sad to hear of her passing but my soul rejoices her new life in heaven with God. May peace be with all the family during this time and forever....God Bless. Dora Belle (Gilliland) Zeiller and family Dora Belle (Gilliland) Zeiller, July 1, 2009 Niki, Jami and all of the family: I am so deeply saddened and sorry for your loss. You have always been one of the most amazing, giving, strongest families I've known - led by a truly wonderful, loving woman. I know her tradition will continue with each of you. Much love & strength to you all, Natalie Natalie Muir, June 30, 2009 My sincerest sympathies to Tena, Niki, Tami, Jami and their families. Your mother was a lovely person and will surely be missed. Joyce Byrd, June 30, 2009 I loved my Aunt Toye so much. When she was a teen, she would carry me around with her. I was a toddler. Then, when I was a teen, I would visit Toye and help with the girls in the summer. I have so many memories. I am sorry to miss the funeral, but my heart is heavy and with you all. She was a fantastic Lady! Love, Jeannie Gloria (Jeannie) J Rose, June 30, 2009 To my sister-n-law and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with ya'll. May god bless each and everyone of you to be strong. She is in a better place. No matter what age you are, it is hard to lose your mother. Take care, love cindy cindy lopez, June 30, 2009 Tena, my heart goes out to you and your family on the loss of your precious mother. Although I did not know her, I can see that she touched many hearts, and she leaves behind a beautiful family to cherish her memory. God bless you all. My deepest sympathy, Suzanne Suzanne Bass, June 30, 2009 Niki, I work with Ron. Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mom. Rick Rick Azzolini, June 30, 2009 Dear Sweet Family, I remember all of you as little girls and I considered your Mom my friend. We use to have many long talks together about family and things. One of my memories of Toye is during the time she was with the bank on Forest Lane. I use to call her when my account was overdrawn and bless her heart she always waited until I could make it there with a deposit, putting my overdrawn check in her drawer. I remember many many things about Toye, how she fell in love with Omer and then married him she was so happy and so deserving of that happiness. One day not long ago out of the blue I had this feeling that I should call Toye I had not seen or heard anyting in more than 20 years and something told me to find Toye. So I did leaving a mystery message on her answering machine. It did not take but a minute for her to recall my name. We had a great phone visit and I was saddened to learn that she was not well. But she was so calm and accepting of her illness and told me she looking forward to seeing her sweetheart again. She had an amazing spirit in the face of adversity and all of you are so blessed to have had her for your mom. I too was blessed to have known her even if it was for just a while. In the big picture a little while is all we have. So love one another as I know you will and cherish her memory for she lives on in each of you. Thank you for calling me. Love Rose Zelda Dearman Canton, TX 75103 903 567 5069 Rose Dearman, June 30, 2009 Niki, Our thoughs and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve the loss of your precious Mother. Diane Nowak, June 30, 2009 I"ll never forget her sweet smile and loving spirit . It was a joy to have her as an employee I know she's singing in the angel choir as we speak . Tho she's gone we will still have our memories . Patsy e. Hazelton, June 30, 2009 Tena, Please accept my condolences in the passing of your mother. I pray God's comfort, peace and strength for you and your family. Cathy K. Sargent, June 30, 2009 My sincere condolences to you, Tena, and all your family. Christine Collie, June 29, 2009 It's always soo hard to lose someone, but especially when it's someone as special as Memaw. I feel so privileged to have been able to call her "family", because she modeled kindness and generosity to me, in so many ways. I pray that I'm able to show the same character that she always exhibited. Archer was truly blessed to have spent so much time with her and she will always be fondly remembered. Love~ Amy Amy Fuqua, June 29, 2009 Tena, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Twyla Weatherford, June 29, 2009 My Sweet Memaw, I have no idea where to start. I never thought I would have to face this world without you. Here I am today starting my new beginning with a broken heart, empty hands, and only your memory ... Congratualtions Memaw! You put up an amazing fight with your battle and you won. You can now rest in peace with your mom, dad, brothers, sisters, and your sweetheart husband, Pepaw. My body hurts without you and I know it is only going to get worse. Thank you for teaching me everything I know today and for walking/guiding me through life. Today is where I have to start my new beginning and proceed my life using everything you have taught me. Our special prayer will still be said by me...alone. I know you physically will not be saying it with me anymore but inside you are there and our memories will be treasured. I will make you proud, Memaw, I will make you very proud. The family will be safe and healthy beacause I am going to take care of everybody the same way you did. I am soo amazed by your touch of love and power you gave to soo many people. You, Memaw, will never be forgotten. I can promise you. Your sweetness, beauty, love, selflessness, honesty, and everything else about you will be taught to many generations to come and your beautiful pictures will always be present. Memaw I love you soo much. Words do not even express my love for you. At least now you can look into my heart and truly see my whole heart is yours. I love you I love you I love you. I E W P Y U always and forever. Keep your Angel on your shoulder and I will keep you on my shoulder. Raven (Raisins) Treigle, June 28, 2009 Fond memories of Toye and Mr D.'s visits to Lowell...love to all the family Terry p Rodriguez, June 28, 2009