- August 31, 1926 - January 29, 2013
- Dallas, Texas
of Gweneth's Passing
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“My dearest Mother is now in heaven and I miss her more than anyone can know. She was a "wonderful whacky women" in life and I am sure she is in...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Victoria Goller
“Prayers for my best friend and all who loved her. I am sure she is busy organizing heaven. Rest in Peace Gweneth.
2 of 20 | Posted by: Jacqueline Strozier Roberts
“Gweneth was my Spiritual Advisor & loving friend throughout the years (& that was about 20)! She & Fr. were extremely loving and guiding examples in...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Pamela E. Kite-Powell - Mesquite, TX
“I will miss my grandmother and celebrate her life.
4 of 20 | Posted by: Martin Jones - Garland, TX
“Love to you all at this sad time.
Aunty Gwen was a wonderful warm and kind person who we will all miss dearly.
Your Auntie Elva is so very sad...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Wendy Neave - MURRUMBEENA - Niece
“To My Dear American Family,
My deepest sympathies for the loss of our Aunty Gwen. Sending love and support from your Aussie relos! I'm sorry that...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Tara Neave - Melbourne/Australia, CA
“I was saddened to hear about the loss of Mrs. Goller from my parents today. I have found childhood memories of her and Father at Good Samaritan...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Alison Whitten - San Antonio, TX
“All of us here at Premier, especially Carolyn Nichols her treasured roommate, will miss her dearly. Our lives were enriched by having known her. She...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Staff and residents from Premier Transitional Care of Dallas
“Gweneth was like my second Mom. My heart is so sad, but I know she is no longer in pain. She was a WONDERFUL LADY, always ready to help anybody at...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Carolyn Thornburg - Dallas, TX
“Gweneth Goller was always one of my most favorite people! What a gem! She brightened up this world with her presence. I am very grateful that I had...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: John Koons - Oklahoma CIty, OK
“I have grown up and lived with the ledgend of Auntie Gweneth who so bravley picked up and moved to New York!!! You were my mum's inspiration for a...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Melissa Wood - Great Niece
“We share your grief. On behalf of my mother, Betty, Gweneth's eldest sister we want you to know that we too are mourning the loss of one so precious....Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Faye Jeffers - Brisbane - Niece
“we lived miles apart ever in my heart my beautiful fascinating Aunt ,forever my role model. I shall miss you but you shall remain in my heart always...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: marie mills auckland new zealand
“We loved Gweneth and always enjoyed each and every encounter with her. She was beautiful, well-spoken and full of fun. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Carla and Douglas Kerr - NM
“Sending you all my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Gweneth was an incredible woman, actress, priest's wife, and mother. Although I have not seen...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Marlynn Likens - Sterling, VA
“we will always remember her with a smile on our faces. She was always readdy to help in any way she could. We remember her in church . we in the...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Bibi & Claude Tew - Dagsboro, DE
“I'm truly sorry for your lose..
17 of 20 | Posted by: Terri Kerr - forney, TX
“Like me sister Donna, I never meet Gweneth but from all the wonderful things I have heard about her from Carolyn and as I call her "Ms. V", it seems...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Bonnie Thornburg - Watseka, IL
“My heartfelt sympathy is extended to Gweneth's family and friends. Although I never had the privilege of meeting her I was aware of what an amazing...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Donna Crouch - Milford, IL
“Gweneth was a wonderful woman. It was a pleasure to know her the short amount of time that I did know her. My sister named her daughter after...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Dawn - Hampton, VA
GOLLER, GWENETH ISOBEL SMITH born August 31, 1926 in Melbourne, Australia. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Collie Smith and Violet Victoria Wishart Smith and a brother John "Jack" Francis Smith. She died at the age of 86, January 29, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Father O. Martin Goller, a former architect, and a retired Episcopal Priest. Survived also by her only child, Victoria L. Goller, her grandson, Martin J-H Jones, her daughter-in-law, Maggie Mae Jones, and two great-grandchildren, Grady Martin Jones and Gweneth Margaret Jones, all of Dallas, TX. She is survived by two sisters, Elva M. Crang of Melbourne, Australia and Betty M. Burrell, of Brisbane, Australia. There is also a large extended family in Australia and New Zealand.
As a young girl, she was an avid horsewoman and ice skater. While her siblings were out riding their bicycles, she chose to ride horses and never learned to ride a bike.
During WWII, she met a young United States Marine, to whom she became engaged. Having not seen her Marine fiancé for three full years, at the age of 20, she traveled to the United States as a war fiancée. The War Finance Act was an act Fr. Goller and two other men were responsible for passing through congress in order to get the war fiancés over to the US. She traveled by sea on the Marine Falcon and married that Marine in St. Louis, Missouri on September 28, 1946. They were married for 66 years.
Her husband finished architectural school and they moved to Oklahoma City, OK. While in Oklahoma City, she became a professional actress and worked with many notable stars. She was also a devoted church woman. She was her husband's "right hand man" at the churches they served. She worked many long hours making certain the church was absolutely perfect for each Sunday and especially all the special high church feast days. She was also an excellent entertainer and loved to have people to the house for wonderful parties. "Simple" was not a word in her vocabulary. She was also an avid reader. She would read up to 20 books per week. She never lost her "British" accent, which would be most evident when she was nervous or angry.
She was an extraordinary, elegant, helpful, and loving woman. She never knew a stranger and would help anyone in need of any kind.
Funeral services will be held at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 1522 Highland Road in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM.
Internment with a Memorial Service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church , 548 N. Broadway, Shawnee, Oklahoma, on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.