Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1959

Frances Woodruff Simien FRANCES ALMETA WOODRUFF SIMIEN, 78, of Bakers- field, CA passed away on Aug. 5, 2016, with burial at Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield. Frances Woodruff was born in 1937 in Cameron TX to Luther Woodruff & Francis Rose. She attended Ranger High School at Ranger, TX in the Class of 1959 and married Clarence M. Simien in Nov. of 1962 at Ranger. He preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 2004. Frances worked many different jobs throughout her life. She was a housekeeper for the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa, CA and Guest Housing at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield CA. She was a hospital Equipment Cleaning Technician at Veterans Hospital in Denver CO. She was a wonderful cook and used that skill as a volunteer for fund raising events in her church. She worked with her husband in their Vacuum Cleaning Supply & Repair Shops in Vacaville and Suisun City, CA before retiring in 2004. She was a devoted wife & mother, loving sister, & true friend to everyone in her life. She was generous, had a great sense of humor, and had a good sense of style. Survivors at the time of her death are: Daughter- Yolanda Simien in Bakersfield, CA; Sister-Jean Woodruff (RHS-1964) in Ranger; Mother-Francis Woodruff in Ranger; Brother-Luther Woodruff (RHS- 1960) in Radcliff, KY; and numerous nieces and nephews in California, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, and Louisiana. She was preceded in death by husband of 39 years, Clarence Simien, father Luther Woodruff, her sisters Alberta and Betty Woodruff, and brother James L. Woodruff (RHS-1962). HUSBAND: CLARENCE SIMIEN, 71, of Suisun City died on Aug. 6, 2004, in Napa following a short illness, with military honors burial in Suisun- Fairfield Cemetery. Born March 29, 1933, in Lake Charles, La., he resided in Suisun City for 17 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force, was a veteran of the Korean & Vietnam wars, retired in 1972 at ENT Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a staff sergeant. He worked in civil service for 13 years at Travis Air Force Base from 1978-1987. He then owned & operated Vaca Valley Vacuum until retiring in October 2003. He was a member of F&AM Stanley Y. Beverly Lodge #108, Suisun. He held numerous offices with the lodge. He was Past Worshipful Master of Pikes Peak Masonic Lodge in Colorado. He was a member of the Royal Arch Mason, Grand Commandry, Consistory, Shriners Alooma Temple #212 and was nominated for his 33rd degree. Mr. Simien is survived by his wife, Frances Simien of Suisun City; daughter, Yolanda Simien of Fairfield; sisters, Ethel Hardy of Louisiana and Versa Dancy of Los Angeles; brothers, Ivory, Thomas and Roger Simien, all of Los Angeles, and Lawrence Simien of Oakland. MOTHER: FRANCIS WILLIAMS WOODRUFF passed away on Sept. 16, 2018, at her home in Ranger TX, with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger. Francis lived a long and venerable life and was 100 years when the deterioration of her health overtook her. Francis was born on March 23, 1918, in Jones Prairie, TX in Milam county. Her parents were Dave William & Frances Turner Williams. She was one of eleven children: Anna Perryman, Annie Williams, Sarah Moore, Dave Williams, Dave Rose, Grant Rose, Levi Williams, Delie Owens, Walter Williams, & Henrietta Armstrong. She married Luther Woodruff in Oct. of 1934, and they spent 63 years together until his death in 1997. They had six children: Alberta, Frances, Luther, James, Betty Nadine, and Arma Jean. Francis was a hard worker and was role model to her family. Besides being a wife and mother, she worked for Southwestern Bell for 30 years before retiring in March 18, 1983. She also did domestic work for various families in Ranger, Texas. She enjoyed gardening. She took great pride in her yard which was always green and filled with flowers and pecan trees every spring, summer, and fall. Her backyard was often a vegetable garden. She was a member of the Ranger Garden Club. She was a deeply religious woman and enjoyed memberships at the Macedonia Baptist Church, Eastside Baptist Church, and the First Baptist Church of Ranger during her lifetime. She was generous to anyone in need and loved cooking for church dinners. She always wore her best clothes to church, which included a lovely hat. She believed one should look their best to honor God and to thank Him for His blessings. As her health deteriorated her deepest regret was not being able to go to church on Sundays. She was preceded in death by her husband Luther, her daughters Alberta, Frances, and Betty Nadine, her son James, and her brother and sisters Anna, Annie, Sarah, Dave, Grant, Levi, Delie, and Walter. Through all this loss she remained the cornerstone of her family. She is survived by her son Luther, daughter Arma Jean, her grandchildren: Yolanda, Michael, Michelle, and Shaun, her great-grandchildren: Amanda, Dontre, Makayla, and Martin, her sister Henrietta, five great-grandchildren, & numerous nieces and nephews. Francis Woodruff was and is loved and will be greatly missed.