Remembering Gayle Ruth Crain
The Midwest Clinic family mourns the recent passing of president Richard C. Crain's wife, Gayle. Mrs. Crain was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother; brilliant writer; inspiring teacher; made significant contributions to music education that has impacted thousands of students; and truly devoted to her Christian faith.
Gayle Ruth Crain, born August 19, 1941, crossed the Jordan Friday, December 23, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband Richard, The Woodlands, TX; sons, Scott and Chris, Kingwood, TX, and Steven, Houston, TX. Daughters-in-laws, Jennifer and Melissa, Kelsey and Terry Polovina; sisters, JoAnn Thompson, Garrison, TX, and Vicki Franze, Welborn, TX. Grandchildren, Lauren, Emily, Joshua, Jacob, Caroline, and EmmaKate. Cousins, Pat Baggerly and Sue O'Bannon, Belton, TX.
Gayle Crain earned the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a major in Business and a minor in English. She was a member of Alpha Chi Honor Fraternity and Sigma Alpha Business Honor Fraternity and at the commencement was presented with the Outstanding Business Graduate award for having the highest four-year average in Business. She earned the Master of Business Education degree from the University of North Texas with a major in Business and a minor in Education and was a member of the Delta Pi Epsilon business education fraternity there.
Her teaching experience included teaching business subjects as a fulltime instructor at Temple (Junior) College for four years. She was promoted to Director of Financial Aids and Placement shortly before moving to the Houston area. While teaching at TJC, she supervised student teachers at Temple College for the nearby University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and also taught business courses at UMHB in the summer. After graduating from college and teaching only one year, she was asked by the UMHB Education Department to be the sponsoring teacher for a student teacher in her English class during her second year of teaching.
Through the years Gayle had traveled as a sponsor with band groups to Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. One of the trips was the Texas Baptist All-State Band and Orchestra to the Baptist World Alliance in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Before devoting her life to serving music education organizations with her husband Richard, Gayle Crain taught business, English, and journalism courses at several Texas colleges and secondary schools for 25 years. She was promoted to Chairman of the Business Department of the new Klein Oak High School after teaching at Klein High School for only a few months. She was asked by the principal to assist in interviewing prospective teachers. The department grew from three to eleven teachers during the three years she served as Chairman. She also taught as the Office Administration Cooperative teacher at three high schools in the Belton, Klein, and Spring school districts as she moved with her husband across Texas. For the Office Administration classes, she secured part-time office jobs for her students and visited their supervisors on the job each six weeks for a total of eleven years.
She received the Outstanding Occupational/Technical Teacher award for Spring ISD and was elected to the State Board of the Vocational Office Education Teachers Association of Texas and was elected Secretary of the State Board of the Office Education Teachers Association of Texas. Her administrative experience includes Director of Alumni Affairs at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Director of Financial Aids and Placement at Temple College, and Assistant to the President of two Houston international corporations. In earlier years, she was co-owner of The Apple Tree, an antiques and crafts gift shop with stores in Belton and Salado, Texas, and did all of the accounting for that business.
While serving as the Lambda Theta Chapter Sponsor, Assistant State Advisor, and National Convention Secretary for Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity for junior colleges, Gayle was named to the Phi Theta Kappa National Hall of Honor. She also was elected President of the Alumni Association of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for a term of three years, presiding over the Alumni Board meetings and planning and presiding over Homecoming during those years. During her years as a college student, she was elected as an officer of the College Council, the Business Administration Club, and the Luncheon Club, which planned college socials. She also was Elected Miss Temple Junior College. During her two years as a student at Temple Junior College, she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor fraternity and worked as a report writer for the Retail Merchants Association (credit bureau) on a part-time basis. She served as President of the College and Career Class at her church while in college. She began her college experience with a full scholarship from the Kiwanis Club for her first year. She had not applied for the scholarship but was nominated by the principal of her high school.
Gayle Crain served as the Festival Coordinating Assistant for the National Concert Band Festival from its inception in 1991 until 2008, and she was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2005. Gayle served on the Board of the Texas Bandmasters Association Spouses for seven years and is a Past President. She was Associate Executive Secretary for Region IX UIL Music Contests from 1994 to 2006 and has provided bookkeeping and organizational support to the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity since 1977. She was inducted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Mu at the International meeting at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2006.
Gayle was named to the Who's Who of Women Executives in the 1989-1990 edition, was included earlier in the Outstanding Young Women of America, received the Spring ISD Achievement award, and received several awards from UMHB, including "The Second Mile Award" for recruiting for the university. She was a speaker at a Charter Day (Homecoming) program, President of the Bell County UMHB Club, a member of the Alumni Board and numerous committees through the years, and Chairman of a major fundraising drive for the university.
She served as the reporter for a monthly newsletter she publishes for the Joyful Age Sunday School Class at Spring Baptist Church. She also was both a reporter for and the editor of the 36-page SALT OF THE EARTH magazine, which is published on a quarterly basis for the Senior Adults departments of the Spring Baptist Church. The spiritual magazine includes both classes' news and individual reporters' devotionals. In past years, she taught children, youth, and adult Sunday School classes, assisted in Vacation Bible School, and was the Bible teacher for a children's choir.
Gayle grew up in a Christian family that included a grandfather who was a minister, a grandmother who was one of the strongest Christians she has ever known, an aunt who was a missionary to Korea, and parents who went with her to Sunday School and church every Sunday and took her to youth meetings. Though she couldn't remember when she did not believe and she walked the aisle when she was a child, she still went through a time of questioning-not of her God but of her own faith-when she was a young adult. That questioning led her to deeper study and a confirmation of her faith in God the Father, Who created us; God the Son, Who gave His life for us; and God the Holy Spirit, Who lives in us as our conscience and guide. Through the years as a teacher, she witnessed to her students in public schools from the first year she taught in the 1960's through the last year she taught in the 1990's. She believes that God led her to marry her husband of 55 years, Richard Crain, and together they had prayed and sought God's leadership in all walks of their lives. Their oldest son is a deacon in the church, the sons' wives are workers in their churches, and the grandchildren who are eleven and nine years old have already prayed to accept Christ and have been baptized. Their five-year-old grandson began quoting scripture and praying out loud when he was four. Though Richard and Gayle lost their home and two cars to Tropical Storm Allyson in 2001 and two of their grandchildren have endured numerous surgeries by ages five and three, God has always been there to see through whatever life holds. The Crain family has indeed been blessed. God is good..all the time.
Complete information on visitation and services can be found here
The Crain family requests in lieu of flowers that you please consider making a donation to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for a scholarship in Gayle's name.
Contact information is as follows:
Director of Development
Box 8049, 900 College Street
Belton, TX 76513