Groce, Norma "Gayle" Alldredge


Long-time Farmers Branch resident, Norma “Gayle” Alldredge Groce, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of January 9th, 2017. Gayle was born January 3rd, 1932 in Dallas Texas to Robert and Lula Alldredge. She graduated from Adamson High School in 1949. That fall, she married William C. Groce. She took great pride in her career as an executive secretary at USAIG, General Aluminum, and Western Extrusions until she retired in 1983. Gayle enjoyed traveling in the Continental US, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. She also enjoyed many years with family and friends at home and at the Lazy Acres, lakehouse community, at Lake Texoma. Gayle was an active member at Webb Chapel United Methodist Church, Farmers Branch Woman’s Club, and Beta Sigma Phi Service Sorority. She volunteered for the Farmers Branch Senior Center’s Random Act of Kindness and at the Harrington School.

Gayle was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2009; her brother, Robert Alldredge Jr.; her sisters, Donna Black and Doris Veatch; her great-grandsons, Liam and Sebastian Callaway; niece, Vicki Alldredge Barnett; and great-niece, Denise Pittman.

She is survived by her brother, Darrell Alldredge and his wife, Helen; brother-in-laws, D.L. Black and Bob Groce & his wife Kay; her son, William Randal Groce and his wife, Rebecca; daughter, Robin E. Rose and her husband, Billy; grand-daughters, Michelle Barbee and her, husband Brennan, Rori Callaway and her husband, Zach, and Monica Pavlovsky and her husband, Luke; her great-grandchildren, Evey Barbee, Miles Callaway, Tessa Pavlovsky, Aurelia Callaway, and Baby Caden Pavlovsky – due in June, and many nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to give special thanks to her loving caretaker, Artelia Muntz.

A graveside will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:00 am at Restland Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75243.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to:


P.O. Box 631566

Irving, TX 75063

In memory of the Callaway twins

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13 replies on “Groce, Norma "Gayle" Alldredge”

Bill Morton says:

A lady with class and grace.

Lynda L Mayberry says:

The members of Webb Chapel United Methodist Church and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of Gayle Groce. We, her Church Family, will miss her and her effervescent smile greatly. May God grant you peace during these trying times.

Darrell Alldredge says:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Rest in peace sister.

Richard and Kay Alldredge says:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Love to all.

Sherrie Pittman says:

There aren’t enough words to say how much I loved my Aunt Gayle. She was truly a blessing in my life and was so dear to me. I have wonderful memories of her, my grandmother, my mother and Aunt Donna sitting at my mother’s kitchen table talking and laughing. My ears would perk up when they began gossiping about movie stars – I especially remember how outraged they were when Eddie Fisher left Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor. Aunt Gayle always reminded me of Debbie Reynolds, so pretty, perky and full of laughter. She had the most delightful laugh of anyone that I have ever known. My sister and I always thought and still think that my mother, Aunt Gayle and Aunt Donna were as glamorous as the movie stars they gossiped about.

I was also blessed to live with Aunt Gayle and Uncle Bill during the summers of 62 and 63 when they offered me a job to stay in their home taking care of Robin while Aunt Gayle went to work. Not only did I have lots of fun playing the day away with Robin, but cooked a little and learned to wash clothes… Randy was nearly my age, however he had other things to do and wasn’t around much during the day. I was paid $20 a week and became very rich by the end of each summer. I thought my Aunt Gayle was so cool and I adored her. When my mother remarried a few years after my father passed away and when she became ill several years later, Aunt Gayle became my confident and was always there to talk too. We would talk on the phone and she helped me through some difficult times. She was always there for me and knew what to say to comfort me. She also replaced my grandmother by keeping me up on what was happening in our big marvelous families. Although we talked on the phone, my biggest regret was that I did not go visit with her before she passed away. I loved her with all my heart and will miss her dearly. I know her family will have a big void in their life without her, but I can just hear her beautiful laughter when she passed from this life into heaven running into the open arms of Uncle Bill, her mother, father, brother and sisters with our heavenly Father’s arms wrapped around all of them.

Perri Maupin says:

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Aunt Gayle was always a favorite. She was just so much fun to be around. Missing all of you and holding you close in my heart here in Tennessee.

Joe & Barbara DiGangi says:

Gayle. It has been a pleasure and a
Honor to have had you and your family as our dearest friends, May God bless and keep you safe in his ever loving Arms.

Jacque Hughes says:

My Aunt Gayle was adored by our family. She was a beautiful lady who was always smiling and ready to share a laugh. My mother adored her, they were not only sisters but dear friends. My deepest sympathy to her family. Sincerely, Jacque Hughes

Dianne Campbell Fielder says:

Robyn and Randy, I was shocked when I saw Jackie’s post on Facebook about Gayle’s passing. I don’t remember not knowing your family. I see by your cousin Sherrie’s post I was not your first teenage babysitter oh I mean companion for the summer. Your mom’s smile could brighten up the gloomiest of days. She was well loved and will be missed by so many. Prayers for your families.

Dianne Campbell Fielder

Cindy Ritchie Mason says:

Robin and family,
Am sad to hear of your mothers passing. She was always such a sweet and cheerful presence at Webb Chapel . My condolences are with you all.

Ruben and Norma Rendon and Family says:

We have known Gaye since 1976, when we first moved into the neighborhood. We met Gayle, Bill and Robin and valued their friendship all these years. We will miss Gayle immensely. We were so in awe of Gayle and Robin’s close relationship. We know that Gayle is in a better place now. May she rest in peace.

Rena Honea, Alliance/AFT President says:

The officers, executive board, staff and members of Alliance/AFT share in this difficult time with you by remembering you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May your many memories of your loved one provide comfort and peace to you in the days and weeks ahead.

Terrie Heatherly Grimes says:

Thinking of you today as you said goodbye to your sweet mother. Even when expected, it’s never easy to lose a loved one. She was a fun lady to be around and had a beautiful smile. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you hae of her.

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