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Gayla Mae Howard

Gayla Mae Howard was born June 12, 1969 to Phillip Ira and Jacque Mae (Karber) Stephens in Beaver, Oklahoma.  She has been a resident of Booker, Texas the last three years. She was a teacher in Darrouzett ISD. She has been a member of the  Church of the First Born for 18 years.  She was preceded in death by her mother.

Gayla passed on August 8, 2015 in Booker, Texas at the age of  46 at her residence.

She is survived by her daughters, Ashley Rose Halliburton of Laverne, Oklahoma and Heather Brooke Halliburton of Laverne, Oklahoma; one grandchild; her father, Phillip Stephens, McAlister, Ok; her sisters, Christa Gregory of Mooreland, Oklahoma and Carrie Grimes of Booker, Texas  and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Heather and Ashley, I am so sorry; my heart breaks just as yours. Your mother was a special and dear friend to me and others who knew her. We had many fun times together while we were teaching along side of each other and I grew to love her dearly. I do wish many of us could have seen her in the last days just to have prayer with her and tell her we loved her  one more time. There were many elementary teachers who had a special bond with Gayla but when we found out we couldn't come and see her anymore, it broke our hearts. I do hope you girls know we tried to say good-bye to her and that flowers were ordered but were not delivered. I personally know she is where she wanted to go, but we as humans just weren't ready to give her up. If we can help you in any way, please let us know and we truly mean that. Our deepest condolences and love, Margarette Hendrick and the Laverne Grade School Gang

Margarette Hendrick Aug 12 2015 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Gayla was a wonderful woman.  She will be dearly missed.

Trynitie Aug 11 2015 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to Sis. Gayla's family.  May you find comfort knowing she will never have to suffer again and surely Heaven will be worth it all.  Thankful for her unfailing faith and confidence in the Lord. - For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. - Romans 8:18

Bro. Shawn Branham (Vici, Oklahoma) Aug 11 2015 12:00 AM