Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1953 RJC

Dena Pulley DENA LOIS PULLEY MITCHELL, 65, died April 28, 2001, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, TX. 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 schools. 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 Anchorage, AL. 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.