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Jerry Gayle Shumate

Gayle Shumate, 80, of Commerce, passed away peacefully at her home in Commerce on July 29, 2019.

She was born in Commerce, Texas on April 5, 1939, the daughter of John Monroe Shumate and Jewel Josie Hilliard Shumate. Ms. Shumate was a graduate of Commerce High School in the class of 1957. She went on to get her Bachelor's Degree and teaching certificate from East Texas State University (now A&M Commerce) in 1961. She dedicated her life to teaching and served in the Grapevine/Colleyville ISD until her retirement. Following her retirement, she returned to Commerce to take up her residence during her retirement years. Gayle was an avid reader and made many trips to the library to keep herself supplied in reading materials. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.

Ms. Shumate is survived by and fondly remembered by many cherished friends. She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Jewel Shumate, and a sister Eleanor Clyde Shumate.

A special word of thanks goes out to all the workers at the Country Home Estates, and all of the dedicated caregivers who assisted Ms. Shumate for the past two years.

A graveside service will be held for her on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in the Rosemound Cemetery of Commerce. Reverend Sam Caldwell will officiate the service.

Graveside Service

Thursday, August 01, 2019
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Rosemound Cemetery
501 Pritchard Road
Commerce, Texas 75428

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Shy, you turned me on to photography and journalism. What an impact you had on all of your cubs. You will be remembered.

Barbara Ridlehuber McKnight Aug 2 2019 12:00 AM

You were more than our iconic teacher, you were our mentor, our leader, our road to a brighter future. WE all became ONE at GHS because of YOU. Thank you for sharing your love of journalism with so many of us. We will never forget you, Ms. Shumate. Peace to you, Mama Bear. Rest well, Love-

Lance Aug 1 2019 12:00 AM

You were such an inspiration to many of us at Grapevine High! I will always remember your laugh and your smile. Thank you for being such an amazing person! Many prayers for you and your family!

Gay Arrington Jul 31 2019 12:00 AM

Gayle was a dear friend thru my aunt and grandmother and an imaginative and dedicated educator. She will be remembered by all who knew or studied under her for generations to come. John & Sandy Withers

John & Sandy Withers Jul 31 2019 12:00 AM

Blessing to MIss Gayle! I have enjoyed my monthly visits with you at Country Home Estates. I treasure that we got to share communion together each time and that I am your pastor. May the Lord bless you and keep you! May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you peace.

Sam Caldwell Jul 31 2019 12:00 AM

Friends since the third grade

Elizabeth Taylor Mayes Jul 31 2019 12:00 AM

A great teacher, friend & Mama Bear. Rest peacefully Shumate.

Eileen Torres Mode Jul 31 2019 12:00 AM

Ms Shumate was my favorite teacher. I hooked up with her on facebook a few years ago and she remembered me. Rest in peace sweet lady.

Sharon Cooper Scott Jul 30 2019 12:00 AM