Gaylene Louise Swenn was born in 1953 at Highland General Hospital in Pampa, Texas to Alexander and Leota Joye (Barnes) Swenn.
Gaylene wrote “My favorite childhood memories were “Going to the farm” to my grandparents and the incredible bond I cherished with my dad, Alexander. He taught me gentleness, compassion and strength and God certainly blessed me with the Daddy perfect for me, because he taught me about my Savior and Lord!”
She attended school in Lefors, Tx 1960-1968, attended and graduate Haskell High School in Haskell, Tx 1968-1971, attended Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX 1971-1973 in pre-pharmacy. Gaye then attended pharmacy school at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma from 1973-1976 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in 1976 which was later grandfathered to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
She became licensed in Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama to practice Pharmacy.
Upon graduation, Gaye lived in the Texas Panhandle in various towns, working as the “Corner Druggist”, primarily in Plainview and Lubbock, Texas and working for Kmart and Caprock Drug.
Gaye was a foster parent for several years and especially loved “Scooter” whom she raised almost 3 years. She was also involved as a “Friend of MHMR” while in Plainview and was active in her church.
Gaye moved to Denton, Texas in 1997 and worked for various pharmacies including Kmart, Walgreens, Caremark Mail Order, Roanoke Pharmacy, S&J Pharmacy and Greenbriar Pharmacy.
Both parents and a half-brother Larry Rabe preceded her death.
Survivors include a niece, Catherine Bass, a God-son Cameron Magisos, several cousins and many friends.
Gaye was baptized in 1984 in Floydada, Texas and a member of the Denton County Cowboy Church, Ponder, Texas.
Her hobbies include camping, fishing, yardwork and sports of all kind, including golf.
The “specials” of Gaye’s life have always been her animals and currently include 3 cats, Miles Hampton, Mason Hunter and Anson Fletcher.
Gaye said, “My compassion in desiring to help and encourage people through my work and friendships have always been important. I hope my “legacy” will be easily summed up in 2 words…”SHE LOVED!”
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