McMinn, Gail (Chadwick)

April 23, 1939 - June 2, 2017

Gail Chadwick McMinn, 78, passed away on June 2, 2017. Born April 23, 1939 in Longview, Texas to Edna Tarver and Tom Ben Chadwick Sr., Gail moved to Tyler, Texas after 10th grade. She graduated from Tyler High School in 1956 and attended Texas Christian University where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. When Gail moved to Tyler, little did she know she lived a block from the man she would one day marry. A dancer for many years, she had beautiful legs and that’s what initially caught Bill’s eye. She and Bill married in February 1960.

Gail’s working career began in Tyler with Humble Oil & Refining (later Exxon). She worked for Humble in Tyler, Dallas and Houston as a secretary in the exploration and legal departments. Her 29-year career in the oil and gas industry also included many wonderful years with General American Oil Company of Texas, later to become Phillips Oil Company. Gail was a loving wife to Bill, having celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in February. She was devoted to her family and passionate about maintaining friendships. Next to her family, Gail considered her friends to be one of her most treasured gifts. After becoming a full-time homemaker in 1986, Gail’s interests included duplicate bridge, genealogy and gardening. When her first granddaughter was born in 1992, she focused on being grandmommie to Elizabeth and later Emily and Sarah. She taught them to play games and cards and according to her, never let them win. She loved attending their performances and sporting events. Gail was preceded in death by her parents Edna Tarver and Tom Ben Chadwick Sr., her brother Tom Ben (Tommy) Chadwick Jr., and his wife Carol, nephew Chris Chadwick, Aunts Ethelyn, Betty and Jetta, Uncle Cary, and very special loved ones in Longview.

She is survived by her husband, William H. (Bill) McMinn, daughter and son-in law, Lisa and Mark Wingate, granddaughters Elizabeth, Emily and Sarah Wingate, nephew Tom Ben (Chad) Chadwick III and wife Celeste, great nephew Chance Chadwick, great nieces Brynnan and Caroline Chadwick, and cousin Joyce Keeling.

Thank you to Dr. Qureshi and his staff for their care for Gail. And, the family can’t adequately express the love and admiration they have for the 4th floor staff at Medical City Plano. Through multiple hospitalizations, the team became family to Gail, Bill and Lisa due to their unwavering compassion.

Services for Gail will be Tuesday, June 13, 4:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, Texas, 75080.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gail’s name to First United Methodist Church Richardson at the address above, or by going to and selecting Donation – Memorial/Honorarium.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

3 replies on “McMinn, Gail (Chadwick)”

Sondra gordon says:

I’m so sorry to hear of Gail s death. I have many happy memories of long phone conversations and shopping trips. She was very special.

Jan and Bob Hughes says:

Dear Bill,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Gail was such a dear friend years ago at TCU as we pledged the same sorority together. I have wonderful memories of learning to play bridge together. The best memory of all was when we went into labor at the same time. Lisa was born 30 minutes after Robert, Jr.
Our condolences to all of your family. With love and prayers for you, Jan and Bob Hughes

Phyllis Farley says:

Bill, Lisa and family. I was heartbroken to hear about Gail. We worked together many years ago at General American. She was the one who kept us informed of all the comings and goings of our GAO friends…..I’ll miss her. My prayers are with you.

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