BLANKET ? Gaylan left this life on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Lubbock, Texas.
Gaylan Gillean Cobb was born on March 2, 1938, in Stamford, Texas, to Esther Parish Gillean and W.O. Gillean. She lived in Stamford during her childhood and graduated from Stamford High School in 1956. While in high school she was a member of the Stamford Bulldog Band and editor of the Stamford Bulldog Annual. Gaylan was an avid sports fan and was excited that she was the editor the first year the Stamford Bulldogs were state football champions. She was active in the Stamford First Baptist Church where she was baptized as a young girl.
After graduation from high school she attended and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. degree in Secondary Education. Her teaching major was in English with a minor in Sociology. While at the University of Texas she was one of the first twelve ladies to become members of the Longhorn Marching Band in 1956. She joined her brother Bill Gillean in the band, thus becoming the first brother and sister to serve in the Longhorn Marching Band. She was President of Tau Beta Sigma Sorority. Gaylan was honored at half time of the Texas vs. Kansas State football game in September 2007 for the 50th Anniversary of ladies in the Longhorn Marching Band.
After graduation she accepted a position with Lubbock Independent School District to teach English. She taught at O.L. Slaton Junior High School where she was sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society. It was at O.L. Slaton that she met her love, her friend, and her joy C. David Cobb. They were married on Dec. 23, 1961, at First Baptist Church in Stamford, Texas. Gaylan was a long time member of Second Baptist Church, Lubbock.
Gaylan received her Masterís Degree in Secondary Education from Texas Tech University. She continued her teaching career at Evans Junior High School where she taught ninth grade English and served as sponsor of the student council. Gaylan was a charter member of Eta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. She served as its president for two years. She was named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Gaylan was honored during the eighth annual Tribute to teachers by the College of Education at Texas Tech.
Gaylan was a Life Member of the University of Texas Ex-Studentsí Association, and supported both the University of Texas College Of Education and the Texas Tech College of Education. The Gaylan Gillean Cobb Endowed Scholarship was established at the University of Texas for a member of the Longhorn Marching Band who is preparing to become a classroom teacher. She was also a member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association, Texas Tech University Chancellorís Council, and the Red Raider Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, W.O. and Esther Gillean. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, C. David Cobb; brothers, Dr. Bill Gillean (Doris) and Lex Gillean (Frances). Her cherished nieces and nephews, Bill Gillean III, Dr. Julia Gillean, Niki Jones, Maggie Schamber, Anne Michael and Lex Gillean II.
The family would like to thank Raider Ranch (MC), Area Community Hospice and Dr. Chanda Dihenia for their loving care of Gaylan. In lieu of flowers, suggested memorials are Meal on Wheels, South Plains Food Bank or a charity of your choice.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Second Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas, with the Rev. Ryon Price and the Rev. Stephanie Nash officiating. Visitation will follow the service in the Grand Hall. Interment will be held at 1 p.m. in Blanket Cemetery, Blanket, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, with Carroll Lockett officiating.
Condolences and online guest book can be found at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.