Sept. 19, 1932 – March 22, 2022

Lila “Lynn” Galloway was born in Wisner, La., Sept. 19, 1932. She grew up in Lecompte where she completed her high school education.
Mrs. Galloway attended Northwestern State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Masters of Art in Education and a Specialist Degree in Education. She pursued a 30-year career of teaching in the cities of Sulphur, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and Natchitoches. In Natchitoches, she taught at Northwestern State University Laboratory Elementary School. In 1962 she served as State President of Classroom Teachers in the Louisiana Teachers’ Association. Mrs. Galloway was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she participated in the Fifty-Fifty Sunday school class. For many years she enjoyed serving in various leadership capacities at her church. She served as Chairman of the Worship Committee, Director of Vacation Church School, Director of the Pumpkin Patch Program and as a Sunday school teacher. Her love and concern for children led her to organize the first pre-school program in the church. In 2013, she was honored as a P.E.O. Golden Girl for having been a member of Chapter AG and later Chapter AU in the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 50 years. She was a long time member of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches where she served as chairman of the Church Street Bridge Restoration Project. Throughout the years, she also enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, reading, traveling and working on the computer.
Mrs. Galloway is preceded in death by her daughter, Jeni Lynn Galloway; mother, Mabel Clark Rutledge; father, Haddock Rutledge; sister, Ann Rutledge Duco and husband Gene of Coushatta; and nephew, Gene Booth Duco Jr.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Richard Hall Galloway; daughter, Mitzi Ann Galloway Gray and son-in-law Gary Gray of Conroe, Texas; two grandchildren who are the loves of her life, Jeni McKenzie Nikpour and husband Adam of Brooklyn, NY, and Ethan Alexander Gray of Houston, Texas.
To all who knew and loved her, her passing will leave a huge and largely unfillable void. She had a fierce and selfless determination to care and “do” for others. Her unquenchable zest for life and her unique spirit illuminated her life and all those about her. Adored by her family, her memories and gentle spirit will continue to comfort them throughout their remaining days.
Services for Mrs. Galloway will be Friday, March 25 at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with an 11 a.m. service to follow. Burial will follow at Memory Lawn cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches.