Flora Faw Gill was born June 24, 1925 and entered the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 25, 2022. She was known by many as Flo and was a lovely lady inside and out. Flo was a truly humble person who always seemed tranquil and happy, singing along the way. She lived through the great depression in the 1930s and because of that she was frugal, easy to please and content with little for the rest of her life. Flo was just a grateful person. She lived a life of faith and devotion to her family and church. Flo loved to sing and was in church choirs most of her life. She cherished her friends in the church community and was a member of the United Methodist Women. In the late 1980s she moved to Canyon Lake, close to her sister. Flora so enjoyed Canyon Lake. She also enjoyed her job in San Antonio on Josephine Street at Texas Neon Advertising Company for 32 years until she retired at the age of 76, driving back and forth from Canyon Lake to San Antonio many of those years. The wonderful Ryan family who still owns Texas Neon was like a second family to Flora and stayed in contact with her the rest of her life.
Flora was born in Kentucky but spent most of her childhood in Umatilla, Florida where the family enjoyed an orange grove on their property. Her parents were George and Retha Faw, and together they had two little girls, Flora and Rose. George was an ordained Presbyterian minister and died when Flora was 15 and Rose was 12. He was a volunteer firefighter and succumbed to burns he received during a fire. It was devastating for the family but their faith was strong and they carried on. Retha, had sisters living in Pikeville, North Carolina and sent her daughters to live with them until she could wrap things up in Florida and join them in Pikeville. Flora graduated from high school there in Pikeville. This was during World War II and after high school she went to work for the ration board. Flora came to San Antonio with a friend in 1947 and decided to stay awhile. She went to work for General Hotel Supply. One night Flo accompanied a girlfriend to see a country western band and she ended up dating and marrying the bass player, Alvin Gill in 1950. Together Flora and Alvin had three children - Crystal, Herby and Carol. Flora and Alvin were wonderful parents and their children grew up on Alhambra St. in the San Antonio Independent School District, one house down from the railroad tracks, which was great fun for their kids. There were so many families with children on the block they could almost put together a baseball team. This made for an awesome childhood. Flora and Alvin often took their children camping and fishing over the weekends, to Camp Willow in New Braunfels and every summer they spent a week in Rockport at Hunts Courts. Often on Sunday afternoon the family went to Alamo Heights Swimming Pool. They attended church most Sundays and vacation bible school in the summer. They were a happy family and it was a wonderful childhood. Alvin lived to be 82 years old and Flora lived to 97.
Flora is survived by her son, Alvin Herbert Gill, Jr. and two daughters, Carol Gill and Crystal Sanchez, Grandchildren Brett Meiners, Brandi Gill, Angie Morehead and her husband Gary, Mandy Matthews and her husband Brian, Great Grandchildren Clarissa Rao and husband Austin, Olivia Meiners, Tyler Morehead, Bryce Morehead, Layla Gill, Brooklyn Matthews and Carson Matthews.
Funeral services will be held at Canyon Lake United Methodist Church on Wednesday, November 2nd. Visitation at noon and funeral service at 1:00. Burial afterward at Cranes Mill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canyon Lake United Methodist Church.