With heavy hearts, Lloyd Dean Gower, 85, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.
Memorial services will be celebrated on May 10, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4317 W I-40, Amarillo, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Lloyd Dean was born on October 9, 1934, to Lloyd Clarence Byars and Irmadene Byars in Memphis, TX. She was named after both of her parents. She was in the graduating class of 1952-1953 from Amarillo High School. Lloyd Dean attended Amarillo College and West Texas State University. She was employed for many years as an executive secretary for Diamond Shamrock Oil Company.
Lloyd Dean met the love of her life, Richard Leroy Gower, in 1951. They were engaged on February 9, 1952 and married on September 28, 1952. Many have said that Lloyd Dean and Richard have had a “storybook marriage”. In 1961, Lloyd Dean and her husband, Richard, were transferred to El Paso, TX where their two children, Todd Douglas Gower and Valerie Diane Gower were born. They returned to Amarillo, TX in 1964. Lloyd Dean co-founded Gower & Company Insurance, with her husband in 1970. She was very active and devoted to the success of the business. Lloyd Dean was always willing and ready to serve Gower & Company with her outstanding skills.
Lloyd Dean was a Board member of the PTA for Belmar Elementary and Crockett Jr. High schools. She also enjoyed her Ladies Friday Bridge Club at the Amarillo Club. She was also a member of Republic Women of the Panhandle. She was a member of the “HOSTS For Teaching” and did TAAS test tutoring for 3rd graders for over 10 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing tennis for many years as a member of the Amarillo Country Club. Lloyd Dean loved shopping trips with her daughter and granddaughter. She put her heart and soul into everything she did. She had a passion for making all children feel loved and special. Most of all, she loved being “Gammie” to her 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Gammie was always very supportive and loved watching her children, and grandchildren, as they participated in their respective sporting events. She was an amazing cook and loved preparing meals for her family. She also loved music and dancing with her husband.
Lloyd Dean and Richard are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Covenant Sunday School Class. Lloyd Dean loved to travel, visiting almost every state in America. In addition, she enjoyed several European and Caribbean vacations with her family over the years. She loved Amarillo, she loved Texas and she loved America. Lloyd Dean often said, “Whatever happens in the future, I have had the most wonderful life that a person could have”. Lloyd Dean, indeed, loved all people, and all people loved her.
Lloyd Dean is survived by her husband Richard of 67 ½ years of marriage. Also, surviving are her children, Todd Douglas Gower and Valerie Diane Gower Moran of Amarillo, TX: and her grandchildren, Lindsey Jordan Larned and husband Jeffery Larned; Tyler Douglas Gower; and Thomas Alexander Gower and wife Kylie Gower. Lloyd Dean has two great-grandsons, Logan Wyatt Larned and Layton Dean Larned. She is also survived by her sister, DeRema Belle Sears, and her husband Rene D. Sears. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Lloyd Dean was preceded, in death, by her father, Lloyd Clarence Byars and her mother, Irmadene Byars; and her brother, E. Duane Byars.
The family would like to thank BSA Hospice of the Southwest, and, Ruby Slippers, for their wonderful and compassionate care.