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2015-01-08

Thelma Louise Gallant

1916-2015

Thelma Louise Gallant, 98, of Medina, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, in Medina. She was born on March 4, 1916, in Medina to James C. and Martha Caroline Gallant.
Thelma grew up on the Gallant home place in Medina. After finishing high school,she attended Schreiner University and Texas State University, where she received her BA and MA degrees.
Thelma began her teaching career in 1939, and retired from teaching after 49 years - all in Bandera County with 45 years spent teaching in Medina. After she retired, the Medina ISD honored Thelma by dedicating and naming a new classroom facility building after her.
Active in church and community activities, she was a member of the Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Garden Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers Association, Genealogical Society, DAR and the Medina Library Association.
A lover of travel, Thelma took many trips both in the US and abroad. She also authored and published several books, including the history of the Medina Methodist Church, for which she received a state award.
Thelma loved her church, her family, her students and her community. She was an amazing woman and an inspiration to so many. She will be missed.
She is survived by nieces, Pat Harvey and her husband, Jim; Marilyn Watson and her husband, Tony; and by three generations of great-nieces and nephews.
Thelma was predeceased by her parents, James C. and Martha Caroline Gallant; and brothers, Archie R. Gallant and James A. Gallant.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the United Methodist Church in Medina with the Rev. Bill Stegemueller officiating. Burial followed at Oak Rest Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her great nephews, Robert Ashley, Mike Harvey, Brad Harvey, Michael Snyder, John Watson, Brad Carter and Tony Graham.
Condolences may be sent to the family by selecting the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.