July 29, 1944 - March 5, 2018
Maggie was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on July 29, 1944, to Thomas and Geraldine Gayle. She grew up in Gueydan, Louisiana, and graduated valedictorian of her high school class. She attended St. Thomas University in Houston where she earned a B.A. in math and where she met Rick, her beloved husband of nearly 52 years.
Maggie loved God and spent the majority of her adult life in service to the Catholic Church. She led the Adult Education program at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church for fourteen years and led Adult Formation at Prince of Peace Catholic Community for the last twenty years of her career. While working, Maggie also received her Master’s Degree in Christian Community Development from Regis University in Denver. Maggie and Rick were very involved with the Catholic Church’s marriage enrichment programs and counseled couples at Prince of Peace and throughout the North Texas area. Maggie enjoyed nothing more than serving others, and her sweet smile and gentle disposition comforted everyone around her until her last day on Earth.
Maggie was the proud and loving mother of Ted and Steve and their wives Andrea and Flavia. She was a devoted grandmother to her six grandchildren — Julia, Christopher, Riley Mae, Aiden, Alex, and Avery. Maggie cherished time with her grandchildren and spent countless hours playing with them. She had endless patience and could usually be found down on the rug with them, deeply involved in whatever game they were playing.
Maggie will be welcomed into heaven by her parents and her stepmother, Liz. She is survived by ten brothers and sisters, along with seven brothers and sisters-in-law, all of whom she loved very much. Maggie is also survived by her devoted husband Rick, who has been her caregiver for a number of years and has set a faithful and loving example for us all.
A service to celebrate Maggie’s life will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, March 24 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church (5100 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano, Texas), with a lunch to follow the service.
Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214 306 6700
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