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Herrod, Margaret "Maggie" Gayle

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July 29, 1944 - March 5, 2018

Herrod, Margaret "Maggie" Gayle

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.

If desired and in lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations go to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration ( or to Prince of Peace Catholic Community (

Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214 306 6700

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Rita Clare Gayle

March 17, 2018 11:16AM

I will miss you always, my dear big sister, Maggie. I will miss your sense of fun and joyous nature, and especially your happy smile. Thank you for your wonderful example of faithfulness to family, friends, and church. Rest in Peace with the angels, Maggie.

bob bonomi

March 16, 2018 10:01AM

Maggie was always a sweet and loving person, and Rick's a wonderful example of what a loving husband should be. Thank you both for your Christian witness of marriage. My deepest condolences to Rick and the family. May Maggie rest in peace.

Ellie Landon

March 15, 2018 12:44AM

My thoughts and prayers are with Maggie, Rick and all her family. Maggie was such a wonderful person and very loved at Prince of Peace. Heaven just gained an angel!

Rosanna Gonzalez

March 14, 2018 7:19PM

Dear Rick:
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful Maggie. May you and your entire family accept my sincere condolences. God Bless you.

Carol Shovein

March 14, 2018 1:39PM

Rest in peace Maggie. We knew you as mom to Steve from so many years ago. Steve and our Matt have been friends from their teen-age years.

Our condolences to all of Maggie's family and friends.

Ileana Reaud

March 13, 2018 10:58PM

Alfred and I are saddened by Maggie 's passing but we know that the Lord has welcomed her with open arms. Well done, my good and faithful servant.

Laura Lester

March 13, 2018 6:56AM

Maggie attended our memory care center for almost seven years. When we first met her, she was very energetic and we feared that she would wear Rick out, but he has been an amazing loving and faithful husband to her the entire time that we have known him.
She was always pleasant and loving. She had a deep love for the Lord, and for Rick, and for her family. In the beginning she would lead our devotions in the mornings. We loved her so much. It was painful to watch her decline over the years, but she never lost that beautiful, sweet spirit. Maggie and Rick should be an inspiration to everyone who knows them. What a wonderful couple. Someday I will ask the Lord why things happen this way. Until then I will have faith that He knows what he is doing. This has been a difficult loss. Farewell, sweet friend.