2008-07-02 20:27:37 UTC
After a valiant and dignified battle with cancer, Denise Gallagher
died June 29, 2008 at home surrounded by her loving husband and sons.
She was 51 years old.
She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and loyal friend. Born in
Marion, Ohio, she lived in places as diverse as Germany, South
Carolina, the New York City area, and North Texas, but always
considered Manhasset, New York home.
Denise embraced life with a passion and joy that led her to truly make
every day matter. She loved to travel with her husband, friends, and
family, especially to Disney World and New York City, two of her
favorite places on earth. While the men in her family made her proud,
they often seemed to fail to measure up to beloved beagle Buster and
She was an accomplished paralegal in family law in South Carolina.
Prior to being diagnosed with endometrial cancer a year ago, she had
begun taking classes to fulfill her dream of becoming a family therapy
counselor. As an exceptional listener and problem-solver, she would
have been terrific. She had an uncanny ability to see both sides of
every issue and give others the benefit of the doubt.
A celebration of her extraordinary life will be held at White's Chapel
United Methodist Church at 185 South White Chapel Blvd. in Southlake,
Texas on Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at 2 p.m. Senior Pastor Dr. John
McKellar, Associate Pastor Betsy Godbold, and Dr. Norma Gravely-Quinn
of Yukon, Oklahoma, all three dear friends of the Gallagher Family,
Survivors include her husband, Mike; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan
and Anne of Greenville, S.C.; son, Micah of Greenville, S.C.; sons,
Trevor and Matthew of Keller, Texas; parents, Curt and Mary Newlen of
Greenville, S.C.; and a host of devoted friends who loved her wit, her
loyalty and her love. She will be missed more than words can say.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Roy
Williams Safety Net Foundation to benefit low income single mothers.
Denise and her family are devoted Dallas Cowboys season ticket
holders, and she had a special appreciation for Roy's foundation
J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors
Published in The Greenville News: 07-01-2008