Gloria Munger Pyne
Gloria Munger Pyne was born on January 20, 1930, to Dorothy M. and Lemuel C. Munger in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Roosevelt High School, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the drama club. It’s also where she met her husband, Wallace Richard Pyne. They were married on June 13, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri.
After high school, Gloria attended the University of Missouri, where she graduated in 1952 with her Bachelors of Education. Gloria then earned her Master of Early Education, Minor in Counseling, at Mississippi State University in Starkville. She later earned her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her goal was to counsel people at the end of their lives and guide them back to God, which led her to being a part of Stephen’s Ministries.
Gloria was a loving and devoted mother to her five children. The Pyne family was a military family, which meant they were relocated several times. Gloria made it look effortless to pack up the lives of her family while managing the busy schedules of her children. She always made sure they didn’t miss out on activities like Boy Scouts and volunteering in the community.
When her youngest children were in high school and college, Gloria began her work in Domestic Abuse Awareness. She was instrumental in crafting and developing the foundation of the current day programs, and took an active role in helping others succeed through education. Her desire to help others even brought her to a prison in Mississippi, where she taught a basic skills class. She spoke fondly of her students there, and told those who asked about her experience that they were always very polite. Being of service to others, especially through education, was something that brought a great deal of joy and fulfilment to her life.
Gloria was highly involved with her church. When she lived in Germantown, Tennessee, she helped found the Faith Presbyterian Church. During the 20 years she spent living in the Katy area, Gloria was also a founding member of the Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church. She was active in women’s bible study, Stephen’s Ministries, and Katy Christian Ministries. . In 2004, Gloria was named the Katy Christian Ministries STAR Volunteer of the year for her active support of their Domestic Violence program.
On May 27, 2019, Gloria passed away in Katy, Texas at 89 years of age. She is so very loved and missed by her family. Gloria left the world a better place than how she found it.
Gloria is survived by her husband, Wallace Pyne of Katy; her children, Rick Pyne and his wife, Janet, of Austin, Steven Pyne and his wife, Beth, of Katy, Lori Pyne of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Karen McCalla of Katy, and Douglas Pyne and his wife, Dena, of Katy; grandchildren, Suzanne Lair and her husband, Jonathan, of Tijuana, Mexico, Lauren Roberson and her husband, Bart, of Dallas, Catherine Herndon and her husband, Alex, of Denver, Colorado, Abigail Pyne of Katy, Victoria Pyne of Katy, Allison Knight and her husband, Rob, of Gainesville, Georgia, Joseph Smith and his wife, Amanda, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, A.J. Smith of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Chelsea McCalla of Katy, Rachel Pyne of Katy, and Andrew Pyne of Katy; many great grandchildren with one more on the way; and Gloria’s sister, Dolores Thomas of St. Louis, Missouri.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Lemuel and Dorothy Munger; and a brother, Glenn Munger.
The family will receive friends at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Grand Parkway chapel in Katy, where a funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019, with Suzanne Lair officiating.
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