Delphia (Del) Reeder Gabriles, 88, Lake Jackson, TX, passed away Oct. 25, 2013. She was born Aug. 28, 1925, to Ethel and Fred Reeder in Independence.
Del attended school with Margaret Truman, daughter of President Truman. She moved to Omaha, NE, in 1937 where she resided for only six months. In 1938 she moved to Galveston, TX, and attended Ball High School where she was an acrobatic twirler with the Drum and Bugle Corp. She became the Assistant Dance Instructor with Sorenson Dance Studio. Dancing led to participation in the Miss Galveston Contest. This was during World War II and the admission to the event was the purchase of a war bond. During the war, she danced for the troops with the USO and American Red Cross.
She began working at American National Insurance Company and became the Agent Cashier for the War Shipping Administration manning merchant vessels. After the war, she went to work for Monsanto Company in Texas City as Executive Secretary for the Plant Manager. While working at Monsanto, she survived the April 16, 1947, Texas City Disaster. This was the deadliest industrial accident in US history and one of the largest non-nuclear explosions killing at least 581 people.
In 1947, she married George Gabriles and was married to him for over 48 years. Del and George were blessed with four children. The family resided in Texas City for 17 years. In 1969, the family moved to Lake Jackson. She became active in community affairs such as chairman of the Heart Ball raising money for the American Heart Association and Arrangement Chairman for United Way. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for many years and was honored as Woman of the Year for her chapter. She was awarded Order of the Rose for 30 years of service. She was a member of the Wednesday Review Club serving as president and President of the Riverside Ladies Association. She was a graduate of Dale Carnegie and acted as Graduate Assistant for many classes.
She began a real estate career with Hagan Town and Country in 1976. Later she went to work with Griffin Realty where she became a Broker. After Griffin Realty closed she went to work for Coldwell Banker, Century 21 Premier Properties, and later worked as realtor and sales manager for Clyde Cone Company, Inc. She completed her 37 year career in real estate as an Independent Broker. During her real estate career she was named Key Realtor for Brazoria County Board of Realtors and was named Top Sales Producer and Lister many times.
Delphia is preceded in death by her husband, George Gabriles; her parents, Ethel and Fred Reeder; brother, John Reeder; and grandson, Grant Muir.
Delphia is survived by her sister, Sharon Reeder; her four children – Glenda Muir and husband – Gilbert, Gary Gabriles and wife – Donna, Jerel Gabriles and wife – Charlotte, and Lorie Copus and husband – Dennis; two grandchildren, Greg Muir and Kimberly Taylor and husband – John; five great- grandchildren – Chase Muir, Kristen Taylor, Brant Taylor, Chelsea Muir and Grace Muir; three step-grandchildren – Stephanie Weir and husband – David, Jennifer Neel and husband – Ryan and Jason Lindsey and wife – Hermie.
A service was held Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Lakewood Funeral Home in Texas. Locally a visitation will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Love Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Rev. Brent Bland will officiate.
Online condolences may be left at blandhackleman.com.