Debbie Loyd to be honored as First Lady
Mar 20, 2014 | 3044 views | 3 3 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beta Sigma Phi will hold a tea honoring this year’s First Lady, Debbie Loyd, on March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gilmer National Bank.

A 1972 graduate of Gilmer High School, Mrs. Loyd has been actively involved in community activities since her high school years.

She was a band member and majorette in high school, and ran for Yamboree Queen in 1971.

She participated in the high school office education program with City Hall and worked there through college.

She married Alan Loyd on Aug. 4, 1973.

Mrs. Loyd graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and received her Masters from SFA in 1990. She also earned a Library Science Degree from TWU in Denton in 1994.

She started teaching in Gilmer ISD upon her graduation, where she has served GISD through teaching and library for 36 years.

She was Boy Scouts Pack 314 den mother from 1986-92, where she sent reports to the state and took the boys to Camp Pirtle.

She was a Band Boosters member from 1989 to 2001.

Mrs. Loyd has served as a Sunday School teacher and choir member at First United Methodist Church, and was FUMC Gilmer youth minister for 17 years, retiring in September, 2012. She also coordinated district events for the Methodist Conference, North District, and was a member of the UM Army leadership team.

During her time as youth minister, she was active in leading groups yearly at UM Army, Lakeview summer and midwinter camps, and has enjoyed attending camp at Lakeview since she was a kid.

Mrs. Loyd is a member of the Bluebonnet Club, and has helped with numerous Yamboree Parades/floats and served on the Yamboree Board of Directors.

She was nominated Teacher of the Year in 1992 by the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce.

Alan Loyd died on April 29, 2007.

According to her children, “She is a wonderful mom to her three kids and the best grammy ever!”
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March 23, 2014
Congratulations to my American Mom from Germany!!! Very proud of you!
Jana Whealdon
March 22, 2014
Congratulations, Debbie! What an honor!
Ken Stewart
March 22, 2014
I'm proud of my sister.