Myrtle Gillmore Casey

Myrtle Gillmore Casey died peacefully at home on December 5, 2023.  She was born on December 18, 1921, in Galveston, Texas to Cecil Paul Gillmore and Leona Mary Henderson Gillmore.

Myrtle is survived by her daughter Patricia Casey Curtin.  She is preceded in death by her husband, James Casey of Sneem, County Kerry, Ireland, her two sons, James Joseph Casey and Stephen Lee Casey, her only sister, Mary Virginia Burks and her only brother, Lloyd James Gillmore.

Other survivors include grandson Jimi Troy Casey and his two children Kannon and Kelly, granddaughter Angela Caroline Casey and her mother Ann Dresser, and daughters-in-law Gerianne Casey and Judy Steffens.

Myrtle was living in Galveston when she met and married Jim (Thunderbolt) Casey, a professional wrestler.  She was a true partner in their many ventures – bars and nightclubs in the Greater Boston area, Massachusetts and Caseys Country Kennels in Dickinson, Texas.

Myrtle had lots of other interests.  She was a long-time member in the Santa Fe Extension Homemakers Club and TOPS club of Santa Fe Texas.  She loved cooking, sewing, travelling and enjoying a full life.

Myrtle and Pat shared a home until her death.   She belonged to the Katy YMCA and enriched a new circle of active friends.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023 at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas, there is a visitation from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. Funeral Service immediately follows at 2:00 PM. Interment at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.

A Celebration of Myrtle’s Life will be held at a later date in the Katy, Texas area.


  1. Pat, so sorry to have learned of your mom’s passing! I know she is being missed. Please do not hesitate if I can lend an ear or two good hands! xxxooo

    Letitia Mack
    • Thank you Letitia. She had a wonderful life, filled with adventure. I hope you are feeling better. Love, Pat

      Pat Curtin
  2. Pat and family,
    Our deepest condolences to you on the passing of your dear mother Myrtle. She was quite the woman and lived a fantastic life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.May her gentle soul rest in peace. xx

    Marguerite Doran
    • Thank you Marguerite. I treasure all those wonderful trips back to Ireland with
      Charlie and both Mom and Dad. And I’m glad you were able to visit and get to know her.
      Love, Pat

      Pat Curtin
  3. Our deepest sympathy with you all Pat on the passing of your mother.We were very saddened to hear the news. She was a fantastic lady.Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this very sad and difficult time. May her gentle soul rest in peace xx
    Mary & James Doran (Abbeyfeale, Ireland)
    Paddy & Geraldine Curtin (Naas, Ireland)

    Mary Doran
    • Dear Mary, James, Paddy and Geraldine,
      Yes, she was a fantastic lady and I’m so glad you got to know her on the many trips we took back to Ireland – and also your visits to Texas. Sending love and hugs to all of you. Love, Pat

      Pat Curtin
  4. So sorry to hear of Myrtles passing. Sincere condolences to Patricia and all the family . She was a beautiful friendly lady. I used to meet her in the Restlers Inn when she came on holiday. Molly ,my Mother in law is still holding on to life. She’s in good form. May Myrtle rest in peace.

    Margaret Casey
    • Thank you Margaret for your kind words and memories. Mom loved visiting Sneem! Aunt Molly looks terrific in the Facebook postings of her. Love, Pat

      Pat Curtin
    • Thank you Margaret for your kind words and memories. Mom loved visiting Sneem! Aunt Molly looks terrific in the on-line postings of her. Love, Pat

      Pat Curtin
  5. A friend and a neighbor for over 20 years. Our Lord has now got a fantastic angel who will surely keep heaven dancing and enjoying life.

    Charles "Chuck" B Boyd
    • Thank you Chuck. I was touched that you and Susan attended Mom’s service. I know Mom loved living on the lake and having fun neighbors who enjoyed life, just as she did. Love, Pat

      Pat Curtin
  6. Pat I’m so sorry to hear this passing of your mom.
    She was a beautiful person I loved her so much
    & being her Hairstylist for the
    longest time I will miss her dearly. My thoughts & prayers
    will be with you always. Big hugs for you.

    Pamela Rosselli
    • Thank you Pam. Mom loved being pampered by you when she sat in your stylist’s chair. Thank you for making her feel special. Love, Pat

      Pat Curtin
  7. Pat, So sorry to hear of Myrtle’s passing. It was always a pleasure to spend time in her company and the day you both came to Nanny Curtins will always hold a special place in my heart. Sending all our love from Kerry.
    Diane, Denis, Caoimhe and Tiernan O Sullivan, Kerry, Ireland.

    • Thank you Diane. We loved our trips to Ireland and loved having so many relations to visit and get to know. Love, Pat

      Pat Curtin
  8. Oh my goodness. I just came across this. She was so sweet to me when I was little. I will forever remember her. So very sorry to hear about her passing.

    Stacy D. Holcomb

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