Mary Walker Glass

Mary Walker Glass, 87, of Lufkin, was born May 1, 1920, in Bullard, Texas, the daughter of the late Janie (Dumas) Walker and Hal Walker. She passed away Monday, January 14, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. Glass was a homemaker, and a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she was active in the Golden Heirs and a member of the Rachel Sunday School Class. She graduated from Bullard High School and attended TSCW (TWU) in Denton for two years. She worked for the J. W. McKinny Construction Co. of Nacogdoches, and then moved to Columbus, Georgia where she worked at Ft. Benning and met the love of her life, Ralph. When they lived in Houston, she worked at Ellington Field. After Keith was born, they moved to Lufkin, where she has lived for over 40 years.

She had a great sense of humor and loved to tell stories and jokes. She loved to play "42" and to "go antiquing". Mary and Ralph traveled extensively, and "go" was her middle name. She participated in the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and even after Ralph's passing, she continued to attend reunions of the 11th Airborne Division of WWII. She was a passionate supporter of the Christian Information & Service Center, where she had been a volunteer for the last 20 years.

Survivors include her sister, Bettye Walker Barton of Georgetown, Texas; sister-in-law, Faye Sparks Walker of Abbeville, Louisiana; step-granddaughter, Ginger Glass Dempsey; and a number of nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

Mrs. Glass was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Glass, in 1998; and her son, Keith Glass, in 2002.

Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Slusher, Victor Loya, J. T. Rice, Jack Sanders, John Powers, George Honea and Paul Van Eman.

Services for Mrs. Glass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2008, in the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, with Reverend Jimmy Hedges and Reverend Randy Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.

Gipson Funeral Home; Joni Johnson, director