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LAKELAND - Gwen Runyon passed away on February 3rd, 2013, after a 5 1/2 year fight with brain cancer.
Gwen was born in Lakeland, Florida on January 16, 1943. Gwen graduated from Kathleen High School and lived in Lakeland her whole life except for the 9 years she spent traveling around the country with her husband and children due to the construction business. Gwen worked in the Danish Bakery at Publix for many years and then worked for Disney World at the Magic Kingdom. Her passion in life was raising her children and then actively participating in her grandchildren's lives and sporting events.
Gwen leaves behind her husband of 50 years, Keith, son, Brien (Lisa), daughter, Melissa Byrd (David), and grandchildren, Corey, Justin, Marissa and Suzanne, all of Lakeland, brothers, James Galloway and his wife, Betty of Lakeland, Don Galloway of Costa Rica, John Galloway and his wife, Nancy of Panama and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, J.A. and Ruth Galloway.
A memorial service will be held at Griffin Baptist Church where she was a lifelong member. Services will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 6:00pm with a reception following. The sanctuary will be opened at 5:00pm for friends and family to gather before the service.
Lanier Funeral Home.

Published in Ledger from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2013
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