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Myrtis LaVerne Gilmore

Obituary for Myrtis LaVerne Gilmore

January 5, 1936 - August 24, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 84


Myrtis LaVerne Gilmore, age 84, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, after a 9 year journey through cognitive mental decline due to Alzheimer's disease. She was under the loving care of Serenity Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care and Blessed Hope Hospice, with her devoted daughters and granddaughter at her side. Born on January 5, 1936 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Sarah Louise Smith. She was lovingly adopted at twelve days of age and reared by John H. Fullington and Verona I. Farque, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, who gave her the most beautiful start in life.

She married Jack E. Gilmore on April 12, 1953. As a young military wife, and then mother, Myrtis had a "can do" attitude of service and a heart of gold. She worked alongside her husband Jack in the many service roles they filled together. They worked as sponsors of a German orphanage, while stationed there in the mid 1950's, providing clothes, shoes and diapers she made from repurposed parachutes for the children. They served as scout leaders where she was as a den mother. She was a red cross volunteer at Brooke Army Medical Center, during the VietNam War, so she could be close to Jack during his treatment of cancer due to Agent Orange. Myrtis did this with 5 children and a fulltime job. She was a dear friend, and neighbor, and was loved by them as much as her own family. As a couple they served as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a widow she served patrons in the church family history libraries, in several areas where she lived. Most recent was San Antonio, Texas, where she worked for over 15 years. She gave of her time in service to others her entire life and was lovingly nicknamed by her daughters "Sister Casserole" for the countless meals she made for those in need and for missionaries. Her talents and creativity were used in a variety of business endeavors the couple embarked on; a craft shop, neon sign company and even rabbit farming. She was blessed with five loving children who absolutely adored her!

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, CW3 Jack E. Gilmore, sister, Beverly Gunn and her husband Bobby Gunn, Sr. their son Bobby Gunn, Jr. two brothers, John H. Fullington and Allen "Toby" Fullington and her birth mother Sarah Louise Smith Torstrick. Myrtis is survived by her son, John Paul Gilmore (wife LeNell); daughter, Beverly Hendricks (husband Gene); son, Jackie Gilmore (wife Robin); daughter, Patti Widdowson (husband Peter); son, Toby Gilmore; 21 Grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 16 great great-grandchildren. Additionally, nieces Ginny Bellon (husband Owen) and Renee' Gunn.

Funeral services are under the direction of Porter Lorning North, 2012 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas 78232

10:00 A.M.
(Visitation at 9:15am in the Relief Society Room)
3751 Trail Ridge Pass
San Marcos, TX 78666

Due to current conditions with COVID 19 attendance is limited to 100 people, please RSVP to Patti Widdowson at 512-557-2601 via text only. Thank you.
(masks will be mandatory and provided)

Bishop David Allen and Bishop Jeff Hunsaker will officiate. A private family graveside service and Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humanitarian Aid at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which provides services worldwide for those suffering, or the Alzheimer's Association of San Antonio.
Humanitarian Services Alzheimer's Association of San Antonio
c/o LDS Philanthropies 10223 McAllister Fwy #100, San Antonio, TX 78216
1450 N. University Ave.
Provo, UT 84604

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