Gayleen Howard, 82, passed away Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at Central Christian Church with Randy Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Johnson Funeral Home.
She was born Dec. 2, 1938, in Childress to Charles and Ruby Beierschmitt. In her lifetime, she owned and operated Village Market, The Ranch House and the clothing store, Country Cousins, as well as ran and operated Coats Grocery, Childress Livestock Auction, Childress Meat Processing and later retired after 20 years with OK Concrete.
She had a love of life and enjoyed her nightly mixed drinks and gambling. You could often find her at the Elks Lodge or at Randlett.
She married Robert “Bob” Howard June 27, 1956. He preceded her in death in 1963.
She is survived by her son, Clay Howard, and wife, Tiffany; her daughter, Bobbi Channell; her brother, Frankie Joe Beierschmitt and wife, Linda; her sister, Charlene Clouse and husband, Mike; three grandchildren, Sara Chapman, Lesley Munsell and husband, Colby, and Charlie Goff and wife, Briana; seven great-grandchildren, Brianne Brewer, Clayton Chapman, Callahan Munsell, Bradyn Goff, Kiptyn Munsell, Lyllie Goff and Cavington Munsell; and special friend, Ted Shelton.
The family would like to give a huge thank you to Maria Mendez, Christine McGruder and Childress Hospice for all the caring love you provided.