Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1937

ELLIE NORENE COOPER ROURKE, 73, was born to Carrie Waggoner & Ellis Cooper, on July 29, 1917. She died March 14, 1991, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, TX. Norene married Joe Rourke, a native of New York and they had two daughters, Rita Suzann Rourke Talbott & Catherine Jane "Kathy" Rourke. Joe died in the early 1950's when the girls were very young. At this time, Norene and her daughters returned to Texas. She lived in Ranger & worked as a surgical nurse at the Eastland Hospital for over 25 years, retiring in 1986. Both daughters attended Ranger schools and were graduates of Ranger High School; Rita in 1968 & Kathy in 1969. Norene was preceded in death by her parents. She was survived by two daughters: Rita Suzann Talbott, of Euless/ Bedford, and Kathy Rourke Robinson, Irving, TX; two sisters, Marian Cooper (Mrs. Robert G.) Riggs (RHS-1939), Waco, TX, and Geneva Jane Cooper (Mrs. Harold Ham) (RHS- 1942), Garden Grove, CA; one brother, W.K. "Dub" Cooper (RHS-1945), Ranger; four grandchildren, Scott and Timmy Talbott, and Brian David Humphrey and Joseph E. Robinson, all of Irving; three nephews, Michael Riggs, MD, Waco, Roger Ham, Newport Beach, CA, and Stephen Richard Cooper, Colorado Springs, CO; three nieces, Patricia Ann Riggs (Mrs. John L.) Walker, Arlington, TX, Pamela Sue Riggs (Mrs. Jackson Waldon) Chandler, Temple, TX, and Connie Dawn Cooper (Mrs. David L.) Post, Fairborn, OH.