Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1952

Nell Anderson Dempsey EULA NELL ANDERSON DEMPSEY, 87, passed away on Feb. 16, 2022 in Fort Worth, TX. She was born on June 5, 1934 in Woodward, OK and attended schools in Ranger including Ranger High School in the Class of 1952. She married Wesley Dempsey (RHS-1940) in Ranger in Feb. of 1951. They were married 51 years and raised 4 children. They lived 6 miles north of Ranger on their land, which they bought in 1955. Nell loved all animals, especially dogs. She raised many of them and loved them all very much. They were all part of her family. Each time one of them died, a part of her heart died. Nell worked on the farm with her husband and kids. Also, she worked at the Eastland Livestock Auction for 22 years and met many people. She loved to go dancing and she and Wesley would go dancing on Saturday nights at the American Legion Hall in Breckenridge. This was after the kids grew up enough that they could stay home without a sitter. Nell & Wesley worked several jobs and saw to it the kids got a good education & were so proud of each of them. Speaking of dancing, Nell told a funny story once. Wesley was dancing with someone and she was sitting at the table. This man, on a crutch, came over and asked her to dance. She thought he was joking. But he kept insisting and so she said "Sure". Boy could that guy dance with one crutch! If he would have had 2 crutches there is no telling how well he could have danced. He didn't step on her toes once, she said. Preceding her in death was her husband Wesley Dempsey, daughter Penni Owens, parents Myrtle Anderson & John D. Anderson Sr., and her brother John D. Anderson Jr. (RHS-1950) & sister in-law Helen Bradford (RHS-1945). She is survived by her 3 children, Steve Dempsey of Ranger, Jeri Ponder and husband J.T. of Richland Hills, Mark Dempsey and wife, Trissie of Breckenridge, son- in-law Rusty Owens of Big Lake. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, Todd Dempsey and wife, Sara, Camri Breeding and husband Jeff, Alex Dempsey & wife Kenzie, Corey Owens and wife Shauna, Jeff Dempsey and wife Alma, Darci Owens, Stephanie Dempsey, and Kim (Fisher) Grippe. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren, Brynn and Faith Breeding, Kinley and Colton Grippe, Connor Dempsey, Brooks Dempsey, Ryan Dempsey, Caden Dempsey, Weston Dempsey, Carson Owens and Avery Owens. Also, she leaves behind 2 nephews, Cody Bradford, Johnny Anderson and 2 nieces, Jane Ann Mitchell and Vici Carpenter, a sister-in-law Bobbie Anderson and brother-in-law Don Bradford.