Lynda Kay Gilliam, 77, answered the Master's call on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Service: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home with Brother Charles Payne and nephew, Rev. Rusty Gilliam, officiating. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the "Activities Department" at Keller Oaks Healthcare Center, 8703 Davis Blvd., Keller, Texas, 76248. She was born on Nov. 11, 1939, to Melvin and Frances Gross. She was preceded in death by her father and mother and her sister, Anne LaCrosse. Lynda graduated from the
University of Texas
in Austin and was a registered pharmacist in Texas and Colorado for 54 years. She and her husband, Burl, owned several retail buildings in downtown Grapevine. She was a member of the Bay View Club, Texas Pharmaceutical Association, and the American Astronomy Association. She traveled the world, including Iceland, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, England, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Italy, Mexico, Egypt, Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Hawaii, Israel, and Alaska. She had a great passion for the arts. She loved opera, ballet, and the symphony. But her greatest love was rock-n-roll music. Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac lost their biggest fan today! She was passionate about spreading the word of Jesus. Her number one mission was making sure her only granddaughter knew the Lord. Mission accomplished. Growing up in Fort Worth, Kay became involved in the Junior Astronomy Association. She became president of the National Astronomy Association as just a high schooler, and that sparked her love to see solar eclipses of the sun all over the world. After getting married, Kay's adventurous and competitive spirit led to a life of softball, downhill and cross country skiing and hiking in the Rocky Mountains while living for several years in Steamboat Springs, Colo. After moving back to Texas, she became co-owner of City Drug and a relief pharmacist for several other pharmacies in the DFW area. Kay loved being involved in both her children's lives and especially loved helping raise her only grandchild. She was Sierra's biggest fan in whatever she chose to pursue and especially loved listening to her original music. Kay will always be remembered by her radiant blue eyes, bright smile, spunky spirit, and continuous kindness that will live on in many hearts forever. Survivors: Husband of 55 years, Burl Gilliam; son, Lance Gilliam of Plano; daughter, Laura Self of Grapevine; granddaughter, Sierra Gronwaldt and husband, Kevin, of North Richland Hills; nephews, Gary Gilliam and wife, Gwen, Rusty Gilliam and wife, Deborah, Ford LaCrosse, and Joel Gilliam; nieces, Lola Lacrosse and husband, Jerry Tutt, Amy Ferguson and husband, Billy; cousins, Babe Jett, John Jett and Gayla Shannon and husband, Mike.