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Floydean Gage


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Floydean Gage Obituary
Floydean Wilburn Gage, 81, of Alamogordo walked into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at home surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Gage was born June 26, 1930, in Wink, Texas, to Tony and Grace (Alvis) Wilburn. She grew up in Kermit, Texas, and graduated from Kermit High School. In 1951, she graduated from Texas Technological University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English. She did graduate work at Texas Tech University and University of New Mexico.
In 1952, she started working for the Brownfield News and then in 1953 she started her teaching career that touched so many lives. Her fist teaching job was at Pecos High School in Pecos, Texas. During the next 40 years she taught in a variety of schools in Texas and New Mexico, impacting the creativity of two generations of students. The schools included Kermit High School in Kermit; Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas; New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped in Alamogordo; Tularosa High School; adjunct faculty at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo; adjunct faculty for Park College at Holloman Air Force Base; and 27 years at Alamogordo High School. She continued to tutor trainers for the Otero County Literacy Volunteer of America after retirement.
Floydean was devoted to the community. She was a past regent of the White Sands Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; past director of the Pan American Round Table; past president of the Friends of the Library; past president of the Alamogordo Public Library; chairman tutor and trainer for The Otero County Literacy Volunteers of America; member of Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Alpha Kappa; member of Red Hat Society; and a member of Grace Methodist Church.
Floydean married Fredrick E. Gage Sr. on June 14, 1971, in Alamogordo. He preceded her in death on June 8, 1999, after 28 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her mother and father.
She is survived by her two stepsons, Thomas E. Gage and his wife, Debby, of Ionia, Mo., and Fredrick E. Gage II and his wife, Patty, of Atchison, Kan.; four granddaughters; five great-granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.
The family wishes to thank all those who helped Floydean in her fight against cancer, and the many friends who spent hours helping her maintain her independence, especially Rhonda Luckenbaugh.
A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Grace Methodist Church.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the National Children's Cancer Society in memory of Floydean Gage.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation has taken place at PCS. To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 15 to Aug. 14, 2012
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