Gayle Smothers

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Gayle Smothers passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018. We will gather for the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Lake Ridge Chapel, followed by a reception. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 66 years on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Cathedral. Cremation services will be provided by Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers Crematory. 

Gayle was born on March 19, 1951 to Claude and Annah Thomas in Lubbock, Texas. On December 27, 1971, Gayle married the love of her life, John Smothers, at Christ the King Cathedral in Lubbock, Texas. She was a devout Catholic and was passionate about her family. She attended Christ the King School from first grade though her graduation from Christ the King High School in 1969.  She was homecoming queen, head cheerleader, active in drama, playing numerous roles in the Shakespearian Festivals and was involved in many clubs on campus.  She worked her way through her college education with jobs at Read and Company and later as Assistant to the CFO of Furr’s Supermarkets. During her time at Texas Tech, Gayle was selected as the annual Rose Queen by the fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi.  She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Business Degree. After graduation she continued to be active at Christ the King School, serving on the School Board and was instrumental in the formation of the Christ the King Cathedral School Foundation and contributed the first endowed scholarship in honor of her deceased father.  Following Gayle’s first victory over breast cancer, she established the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Christ The King Cathedral with many blessed shawls continually being distributed to the sick and dying. Gayle also worked for several years with the Scottish Rite Learning Center, assisting in the education of children with dyslexia.  Gayle was artistic and a great lady of style.  She had a unique ability to make things look just right, whether it was how you needed to dress, how the flowers should be arranged, a table set, or a room or a house. Gayle loved to cook and to entertain and no detail was overlooked.  Gayle was most proud of her family and what she accomplished as a loving devoted Catholic wife, a patient and loving mother and a beautiful and joyous grandmother. Gayle was a  lady of great character, whose judgement, humour and friendly spirit brought out the finest in those around her.  The influence of her life upon others is a flame that will burn brightly forever.  She left so much good with every soul she touched on this earth.

Survivors include her husband, John Carroll Smothers; mother, Annah Jo Thomas; sons, Steve David Smothers and wife, Christi; and Ryan Thomas Smothers; grandchildren, Sydney, Ethan, and Elijah Smothers; sisters, Linda Gilliam and husband, Bruce of Burleson, Texas; and Marilyn Dixon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Claude Addison Thomas, Jr..



Memorial contributions are welcome and the family suggests, Christ the King Cathedral School Foundation,,  795-8283, ext. 211; 4011 54th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79413.


3 thoughts on “Gayle Smothers”

  1. Sandy LeBlanc & Sandy Mason

    Such a unique, kind ,thoughtful, caring, funny, strong, loving woman. A loyal family member and constant, reliable friend. Our hearts ache, but her memory & love makes us smile with joy.
    Until the time comes that we meet again…we love you Gayle – Sandy LeBlanc & Sandy Mason

  2. Lucas and Dorothy Tavarez

    I wish we had more time to get to know you better. You lived a beautiful life. What a great tribute to a special lady. We will be praying for love, comfort, and peace over your family. You will be missed. Rejoice in Heaven sweet friend! Love, Lucas and Dorothy Tavarez

  3. Jan Tobin Carpenter

    Gayle was my cousin, a few months younger. I remember well the good times we had as teenagers when I visited in the summer. Gayle was always friendly, kind, smart, and all-around lovely. I will be thinking of my Aunt Anna Jo, Linda, Marilyn, John, and the rest of Gayle’s extended family and wide circle of friends, wishing each of you peace and ease in this difficult transition into life without that fine lady.

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