Gayle Goss Carlton
In Loving Memory of Gayle Goss Carlton. Forever In Our Hearts
Gayle Goss Carlton passed away May 24, 2014, at the age of 72. Her husband of nearly 52 years, J. Preston Carlton, was at her side. She was born Sharon Gayle Goss on February 13, 1942, to Earl Kenneth Goss and Jeanne Mattheuss Goss. She graduated from McCallum high school in 1960. About that time, her mother introduced her to the love of her life, the up and coming son of a rancher from the north shore of Lake Travis. They married in 1962 and made their home in Austin. Like many women of that era, she devoted her full energy to supporting her husband’s career, taking an active role in his varied pursuits, which included ranching, home building, the restaurant business, and real estate (many of these at the same time). They were true collaborators, and he never failed to recognize her inspiration, hard work, love and support. Together they raised two children, built (and rebuilt) several businesses, and made many friends in Austin and Cedar Park. Along the way they saw Austin transformed from a sleepy college town to the bustling cosmopolitan city it is today.
Always intellectually curious, she had a life-long passion for learning. She attended the University of Texas after high school, but a degree would have to wait until marriage, children, and life would allow. She was always fascinated with history, and went back to school in her 60’s, graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA in history from St. Edward’s University in 2004. She would later put those skills to use in meticulously researching the family genealogy. She was very proud of her family’s Irish and Scottish heritage, and would tell colorful stories of her grandfather, George Mattheuss, who worked his way across Texas as an electrical lineman and a bare-knuckle boxer. She never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
She was preceded in death by her father and step-father, William Lummus, whom she greatly loved and respected. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Jeanne Lummus, sister-in-law Margie Simons, step-brother, Michael Lummus, sister Linda Kay Perry, daughter Mylinda Dalrymple, and son Matthew Carlton. She would say that her greatest accomplishments were her seven grandchildren, Chisholm, Kaitlyn, Bryn Rose and Killion Dalrymple, and Cassandra, James Benjamin, and Jackson Carlton. Nana was known for her wry sense of humor and wonderful story telling. Her sense of wonder and curiosity were infectious, and many were the hours that she spent with a child on her lap, wrapped up with a book, learning about another time and place.