October 12, 1940 - May 30, 2012
Gayle Phillip Olivares Murphy
passed peacefully May 30, 2012, at
Baylor Plano Hospital at the age of
She is survived by her husband, Ken Murphy who she married in 2004, and four children, Roberto & Denise Olivares of Plainfield, NJ;
Rebecca Olivares of Sherman, TX;
Raquel & Brent Hetherington of
Nashville, TN; and Rick & Dawn
Olivares of Flower Mound, TX; and
grandchildren Roberto IV & Julian
Olivares; Austin, Grayson, Olivia,
Sierra, Carolina, Leah, Nora, Branson & Mia Hetherington; and
RosaLynn & Ricardo Olivares, Jr.
Gayle was predeceased by daughter
RosaLynn Luz Olivares in 1989.
Gayle was born on October 12,
1940, in Bethlehem, PA, to John D.
and Beatrice Chontos Phillip.
Gayle grew up in a musical family
and began performing in dance exhibitions with her parents at the age of three. She entered a piano conservatory at the age of four and continued to perform as a pianist and singer until her marriage to Dr. Roberto L. Olivares and their move to Mexico in 1962. In Mexico, Gayle became a Professor and Director of English Department at the Alexander Von Humbolt Academy
in Puebla. During their marriage,
Gayle and Dr. Olivares lived in Indianapolis, IN, and Kettering, OH, before moving to Puebla, Mexico, and then returned to Sherman, TX where Dr. Olivares practiced medicine for twenty-five years until his death in 1997. During her time in
Sherman, Gayle was active as a volunteer for several organizations and was instrumental in founding The
Wishing Well to assist children with life threatening or catastrophic illness. She organized and hosted numerous
fundraising events for American Cancer Society and the Sherman Symphony.
Services will be at Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Pkwy, in Dallas at
2:00 Saturday, with a reception immediately afterward. A family only burial will be held in Sherman, TX.
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