Myra Thompson Thibault Gannaway
Myra Thompson Thibault Gannaway passed away November 5, 2004. After attending
Little Rock public schools and Junior College, she then went on to the
University of Texas to complete her degree. Mrs. Gannaway spent most of her life
in Little Rock. She taught school, was active in the Junior League and was one
of the first volunteer guides at what is now the Historic Arkansas Museum.
When her children were older, she went to Harvard University in Cambridge
Massachusetts, to get a doctorate, which she received with honors. She lived in
the Boston area for about twenty-five years, working as a school psychologist,
before returning to Little Rock upon retirement. During most of this time she
lived in Rockport, Massachusetts, a coastal town just north of Boston. She loved
the area and passed that love onto her children and grandchildren. She was
always ready to go to the beach or library when they came to visit in the
Mrs. Gannaway was the daughter of Myra Thompson Thibault and Carroll Thibault.
Her maternal grandparents were Mary Lillian McGann and Charles Louis Thompson.
Her paternal grandparents were Corinne Gibson Thibault and James Keatts Thibault.
Mrs. Gannaway was the oldest surviving member of the Thompson family and second
oldest of the Thibault family.
She is survived by her children: Woodson Thibault Gannaway and his wife Joy,
of Dalian, China; and Carol Gannaway Eruren and her husband Guner of Little
Rock. She has three grandchildren: Jon Refik Eruren and his wife Heather; Karen
Erren Pirtle, and Layli Rose Gannaway. Her great-grandchildren are Briana Belkis
Eruren, Paige Noelle Pirtle and Megan Elizabeth Pirtle.
Mrs. Gannaway spent many delightful hours with her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. She was always ready to work puzzles, read, help with an
art project, answer questions about birds and flowers, or how to play the bottom
of "chopsticks" on the piano.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 12, 2004
at Roselawn Cemetery, Little Rock. Arrangements are being handled by Ruebel
Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Heifer Project International,
Habitat for Humanity or the Rockport Library (17 School Street, Rockport, MA
01966, attn: Hope Coffman).
- To the whole family - Mara and I were very sorry to hear of the passing of
Carol's mom, John and Karen's grandmother, and Brianna, Paige and Megan's
great-grandmother. We know she will be much missed by all of you and by all
family members. And we know that all of you were a joy to her.
Linda Bessette & Mara Leveritt
Little Rock, Arkansas
- Myra's friendship was a true treasure in MY life. I will miss her!
- Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cindy and Jim Gowen
- Na was a wonderful person, kind, generous and interested in everything. I
am very lucky to have had her as a mother-in-law. I will truly miss her.
- Our condolences to you on the passing of your mother. What a full and
interesting life she led.
Kay Brewer Burton & Robert Epes Burton
Augusta & Mountain View, Arkansas
- Carol, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's death. I know how much you
will miss her.
St Louis, Missouri
- Myra was my father's first cousin. He always spoke of her with such
respect (not a small thing for a Thibault). I remember always enjoying the
time I spent with her and her family. They were one of the bright spots.
Myra was so gracious to all of us. My prayers go out to all her family. I
will be with you in spirit tomorrow.