Nan Gay Mealy

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Nan: God's image bearer and servant leader who inhabited all her roles well - precious daughter, sister, wife, mother, homemaker, mentor, friend, and instrument of God's grace throughout her amazing 96-year life.

Nan was born September 24, 1920 to Will Clark Gay and Ina Dibrell Gay in Coleman, Texas, where she was high school Valedictorian and earned scholarships to UT-Austin. Despite the Depression's harsh impact on her family, she graduated from UT with numerous honors. There she met her beloved husband of 48 years, George Burkhalter Mealy, who resigned from his fraternity to date Nan, who was not the sorority girl they wanted him to date. Nan and George married in 1942 while he was on weekend leave from the Army. During his military service, Nan taught English in Lockhart, Texas and at The Hockaday School in Dallas. Upon his discharge, she was secretary to Dean Charles McCormick of the UT Law School while George completed his BA. With God's hand she and George built a precious marriage based on mutual love, trust and laughter. In Fort Worth, Texas they reared three children who enjoyed the grounding of a happy home and the stability of two parents who loved each other unconditionally.

As empty nesters, George's career with Amoco Production Company took them from Fort Worth to Denver, Chicago, and finally Conroe, Texas where he helped open a north Houston office before his retirement in 1986. With each transfer, Nan and George quickly found a church home and easily put down roots. In each new city, Nan enjoyed immediate affiliation with local chapters of D.A.R, P.E.O. and other organizations that provided additional circles of fast friends. Nan and George loved and valued people and everyone loved being in their presence.

After the Lord took George home in 1990, Nan still maintained a busy schedule of involvements in Conroe's First United Methodist Church, U.M.W., Circle, bridge groups, philanthropic and genealogical organizations including the local Conroe chapter of Colonial Dames that she helped found. She had a gift of hospitality and often opened her home for meetings, events and overnight guests. For many years she led the church's prayer chain, made weekly hospital visits and led Bible studies at Carriage Inn senior living center. She served as a trustee for the United Methodist Church's Foundation for Evangelism. She also found joy in scrubbing the church's ovens and picking up litter along the highway near her home. And she remained the matriarch of the Mealy family who always loved gathering in her home and being in her company.

In 2002, Nan married Charlie Bartley, a widower and true gentleman whom she and George had known from earlier square dancing days. Charlie was a godsend to Nan and loved her until his death in 2015.

Nan spent the last five years of her earthly life at Silver Gardens residential assisted living home in Dallas, where the Lord continued to use her for His good purposes to the end, even as she bravely endured Alzheimer's. Her authentic, Spirit-filled heart kept her always gracious, grateful, kind and concerned for other people. She was as much an inspiration to others in the end as she had been with all her phenomenal faculties.

Nan is survived by her grateful children, George Michael "Chip" Mealy and his wife Camille of Houston, Martha Mealy "Marty" Forte' of Dallas, and Jack Gay Mealy and his wife Laurie of Sherman, Texas; grandchildren Martha Claire Mealy, John Clark Mealy, Clay Michael Mealy, Helen Grace Mealy and Margaret Jane Mealy; sisters-in-law Patsy Gay of Santa Rosa, California and Minta Gay of Lubbock; and her best lifelong friend Jimmie Ruth Griffith of Fort Worth. Nan was buried with her husband George at Houston National Cemetery on May 2. For the glory of God and in testimony to what Jesus can do in a life, we will celebrate Nan in a memorial service on Saturday morning, June 17 at 10:30 in the chapel of First United Methodist Church, Conroe.

The family wishes to express profound gratitude to the owners and extraordinary caregivers at Silver Gardens who loved Nan as part of their family. In lieu of flowers, please remember Nan by abiding in Jesus and loving on a neighbor.


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