Lloyd Dean Gower

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Lloyd Dean Gower announce her passing on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at the age of 85. She 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.  Her professional career included that of being 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 May 9th, 1952 and were 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, Texas where their 2 children, Todd and Diane were born.  They returned to Amarillo Texas in 1964. Lloyd Dean co-founded Gower & Company insurance with her husband in 1970.  She was a Board Member of the PTA for Belmar and Crockett schools.  She also enjoyed her Ladies Friday Bridge Club at the Amarillo Club.  She was also a member of the HOSTS for teaching and did TAAS test tutoring for 3rd graders. She was also a member of Republican Women of The Panhandle. In her spare time, she enjoyed, playing tennis and golf. She loved her shopping trips with her daughter and granddaughter. Lloyd Dean put her heart and soul into everything she did. She had a passion for making all children feel loved and special.

Lloyd Dean and Richard are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Covenant Sunday School Class. Lloyd Dean loved to travel, visiting nearly every state in America. In addition, she enjoyed several European and Caribbean vacations with her family over the years. 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 years of marriage. Also, surviving are her children, Todd Douglas Gower and 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. She has two great-grandsons, Logan Wyatt Larned and Layton Dean Larned. She is also survived by her sister DeRema Belle Sears, and 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.

Viewing will be Wednesday, May 13th from 10 am -8 pm at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home. The family will have a private graveside service at Llano Cemetery on Thursday, May 14th.  In light of Covid-19, the memorial celebration of life for Lloyd Dean Gower will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank BSA Hospice of the Southwest and Ruby Slippers for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in her name to be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, Amarillo Wesley Community Center, Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

27 Replies to “Lloyd Dean Gower”

  1. Richard, so sorry to hear about your loss. Remember you both from Amarillo High in 1951-1952. You were always a loving couple. Our prayers are with you and family. Marion & LaJuan McCraw Tyler Texas

  2. What a sweet sweet lady and a great neighbor. We will miss seeing her in her walks. Love love

  3. Richard and family, beautiful picture and person. I am so very sorry. I loved this girl and so did my family. She was my buddy And I was always so glad to see her. She was a wonderful person. May the good Lord bless and keep you and yours. Darlene Campbell Cheshire.

  4. Have been so sorry to hear of her passing. Such a sweet and lovely lady. Richard, Diane and your family’s are in my prayers.
    Jenny Davis

  5. Oh, my sweet neighbors. I am so sad to hear of Lloyd Dean’s passing. She was so delightful and caring. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Our Loving Father grant you peace.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. Lloyd Dean was such a loving, wonderful, kind woman. She was so generous and had such a great faith! She will be dearly missed.

  7. Lloyd Dean such a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be missed by many. Your in our prayers Richard and Family.

  8. Richard and family, Leesa and I were always delighted to see Lloyd Dean. Who can forget her bad jokes and feisty spirit ?

    Our prayers are with you and always remember, “love never ends”.

  9. Right now I am grieving for my beautiful sister, however I know she is in a better place where I will join her someday.

  10. Richard, you know Lloyd Dean and I have been friends since grade school. She was always the prettiest and nicest of all our friends. And always smiling! You two were made for each other. Blessings

  11. Richard, Diane and family,

    I am so saddened by your loss. Lloyd Dean was such a wonderful woman and cousin. She will be missed and live in our hearts forever!

    Prayers and hugs during this difficult time.


  12. This absolutely breaks my heart. I remember so many times sitting with Mrs. Gower at church when I was little, and her keeping me awake by running her long nails up and down my hand.

    My fondest memories at St. Paul always include The Gowers.

    Sending love and prayers!

  13. Lloyd Dean was such a wonderful, vivacious lady. When we moved into the neighborhood, she was the first neighbor to welcome us. What a loving couple her and Richard were. Our prayers for Him and all those that loved her.

  14. I remember this beautiful lady, she had a beautiful and kind soul! My deepest condolences to Richard, Todd and Diane, May God wrap his arms around each of you during this time of sorrow! My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time!!

  15. Dear family members!
    So sad to see of her passing. Having known y’all for so long and seeing your mom at the games was great. Will miss her cheering from the stands.

  16. We are very sorry for the lost of your loved one. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May peace and comfort be with you.. 🙏🙏❤️

  17. So sorry to hear of your Mother passing away. Prayers for you Diane and for the rest of your family!😔♥️♥️

  18. Richard, Prayers for You and your family.
    Lloyd Dean was a very special lady with a great smile and personality.

  19. My prayers are with your family during this time of grief. I am sorry for your loss. A beautiful lady and a beautifully written obituary. Let me know if I can do anything.

  20. I absolutely love love loved your sweet smile and having you as another…mother💜💜💜💜💜hugs and much love💜💜💜👍

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