Frances Vivian Perry “Pat” Guyer died on June 2 — less than four months away from her 100th birthday.
She was preceded in death by John H. Guyer, her husband of more than six decades and for whom Denton ISD’s Guyer High School is named.
Those who knew her described Pat Guyer as a friendly, caring woman and an enormous fan of the Guyer Wildcats. She continued to attend high school events until just weeks ahead of her death.
“I just had no idea she was that age,” said retired Denton educator Jerry Ann Ryan, whose late husband, Billy Ryan, was also honored by having a high school named after him. “She was very active. She kept going to all the ball games and didn’t let [age] stop her.”
Specifically, Jerry Ann Ryan remembered attending a football game between their eponymous high schools at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. Both women were invited, along with their families, to watch the game through a local credit union.
“I don’t remember who won the game, but I remember the food and the company,” Ryan said.
For the record, the most recent home game between the two happened in 2015, and Ryan High won 31-28. Jerry Ann Ryan said a baked potato bar was set up, and that Pat Guyer was always great company.
“She was always smiling,” Ryan said. “A very happy, friendly, outgoing person.”
She said the pair first met when Ryan first started teaching in Denton ISD in 1963; Pat Guyer had already been teaching since the late 1940s.
Pat Guyer was an alumna of Texas Woman’s University, where she earned her master’s degree, after a bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University.
Survivors include three children, Patricia Sharon Guyer Walters McGill, Ronald Perry Guyer and Rebecca Joan Guyer Admire; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A visitation for Pat Guyer will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bill DeBerry Funeral Directors, 2025 W. University Drive. A funeral service will be held the following day at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St.
Family members have requested that memorial donations be made to the Guyer Family Scholarship for students with the Denton Public School Foundation.