DENA LOIS PULLEY MITCHELL, 65, died on April 28,
2001 with interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger,
Mrs. Mitchell was born on Nov. 26, 1935 to Dean
Eber & Azaline Cox Pulley (RHS-1923) in Ranger, TX.
She attended St. Rita's Catholic School and Ranger
High School where she graduated Valedictorian of her
senior class. She continued her education at South-
western University, Ranger Jr. College & graduated
from Southern Methodist with a degree in Education.
She also earned a Masters degree from East Texas
State University. An educator for 16 years, she
taught in Houston, Ranger, Pittsburgh and Clyde
She married Dan Evins Mitchell (RHS-1954) in Ranger
in June of 1966. Dan & her owned their own business,
Mitchell's Guitars, in Abilene from 1979-1990.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, Abilene,
She was also a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority,
American Businesswomen's Association, and Republican
Women of Taylor County.
Survivors at the time of her death are her husband,
Dan; three sons, Rev. McKinley (Kinney) Dean Mitchell
of Smolensk, Russia, Michael Ronald Mitchell, MD., of
Irving, and Matt Mitchell of Abilene; two daughters,
D'Nette Allen of Atlanta, GA, and Wendy Mitchell
Humphrey of Abilene; a sister, Geral Dean Durford of
Dallas; and a niece, Carol Powers of Dallas; 12 grand-
children, Allison Gibbs of Anchorage, AL, D'Nae Amelia
Carman of Atlanta, GA, Jacob Samuel Carman of College
Station, Amanda Lyn Mitchell of Abilene, Anna Ruth
Tills of Atlanta, GA, Kyle Gregory Mitchell of Irving,
Jeffrey Michael Mitchell of Irving, Ashley Mitchell
of Abilene, Kristen Mitchell of Irving, Hayley Katherine
Humphrey, Whitney Humphrey and Courtney Humphrey all of
Abilene; and one great-grandchild, Taylor Gibbs of
BUSINESS WOMAN (Ranger Times, 06/1944)
Miss Dena Pulley, eight-year old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. D.E. Pulley who is believed to be Ranger's youngest
business woman. She is a partner in the D.E. Pulley,
Watchmaker and Jewelry firm and performs all of the
transactions of her department.
When the business was established she was given a capital
of $10 and told to make her own purchases in whatever she
chose. She selected watch bands as her field and since
going into the business has multiplied her capital by
approximately eight times.
She keeps her bills paid to date and has a substantial
cash balance in the bank. She writes her own orders
and pays for them with checks which she writes to be
drawn on her own account.
As a side line, she is a student at St. Rita's Catholic
school and finished this year with an average of 98 for
the year. She will be in the fourth grade next year.