Merle Esterak Galloway

Merle Esterak Galloway, 94, went to heaven with her family at her bedside in Sunset, TX on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. at William C. Martin United Methodist Church, 2621 Bedford Rd. Bedford, TX 76021.

Merle was born June 24th, 1925 in Wallis, TX to Jerry Esterak and Emma Mueller Esterak.

Merle graduated from Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University or TWU) in Denton, TX with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

She later received her Master’s Degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, TX.

During her undergraduate education, she and her mother traveled by train to northern California to visit her sister and aunt.

On this fateful train trip she met the love of her life, David Edgar Galloway, as he traveled for deployment to the Pacific for WWII.

After recovering from a major wound, David returned to the states and he and Merle were married on December 22nd, 1945 in Wallis, TX.

Merle taught school for 20 years in the Texas public school system (broken up by one year in Louisiana) as she followed Dave throughout south Texas, Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Rosenberg and Fulshear.

After retiring, they moved to Georgetown, TX and later moved to Bedford, TX to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Dave and Merle raised their family in United Methodist Churches wherever they lived, both holding leadership positions in every church, with their most recent membership being at William C. Martin United Methodist Church, in Bedford, TX.

Merle is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dave (of over 73 years), and two older sisters, Jean Thompson and Joyce Pazderny.

She is survived by her three sons; D. Michael Galloway and wife Janny of Terrero, NM; Rev. Jerry P. Galloway and wife Betty of Sunset, TX; and Chris Galloway and wife Pebble of Bedford, TX. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie, TX.

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