Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1937

Doris Herrington (age 42) Easter-1963 DORIS MEEKIE RICE HERRINGTON GARDING, 68, died on Sept. 13, 1988, in Vancouver, WA, with burial in a rural cemetery in Woodland. Doris Meekie Rice attended Ranger schools through age 17, finishing all but the last semester of her senior year. Most likely her year of graduation would have been 1937. Born in Ranger, TX on Aug. 20, 1920 in her parents’ home at 215 Cherry Street, she was the only child of Ward Rice and Frona Carr. He was one of the early investors in the Ranger oil boom but died in 1922 shortly after the boom peaked. His widow then married J.B. Ames, Sr. Doris was first married to Phelton Herrington by whom she had four children. They operated a dairy farm north of Ranger where they also engaged in other types of commercial farm life. She and the children left the farm in 1960. After a move to Albuquerque, NM, in 1970 she met and married Paul Garding, a civil engineer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They later retired in Vancouver. He died in 1997. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Ranger General Hospital for many years and as a personally trained surgical assistant to Dr. W.P. Watkins. At the time of her death, she was survived by her husband Paul Garding, two sons: Mike Herrington (RHS-1960) of Omaha, NE, and Eddie Ray Herrington (RHS-1968) of Irving, her sister Betty Sue Brown (RHS-1947) of Fort Worth, and seven grandchildren as well as two stepsons. Her other two children were a son Ernie Joe, who died in 1948, & a daughter Meekie Ruth King (RHS-1971), who preceded Doris in death on July 2 of the same year. Phelton Herrington HUSBAND: JAMES PHELTON HERRINGTON, 87, died Sept. 12, 2000, with interment in Mount Zion Cemetery at LaCasa Community north of Ranger, TX Mr. Herrington graduated from Caddo High School and attended Ranger Jr. College. He was a dairy farmer & a professional calf roper on the rodeo circuit in early Texas rodeos. He had also raised and trained roping horses and wolfhounds and was a farmer and rancher. He operated a gas station in Ranger for a number of years. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Delanie Fuson Hood, in 1991; his son, Ernie Joe, in 1948; his daughter, Meekie Herrington King (RHS-1971) in 1988, & his stepdaughter, Betty Kite, in 2000. His first wife, Doris Rice who died in 1988. Survivors at the time of his death include two sons, James Michael Herrington (RHS-1960) of Fort Worth, Eddie Ray Herrington (RHS-1968) of Irving; two step- sons, Kenneth Grady of Alamogordo, NM, John Grady of Las Vegas, NV; seven grandchildren; 10 step-grand- children; four great-grandchildren; numerous step- great-grandchildren.