Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1924

Naomi Matthews Huckabay NAOMI BENITA MATTHEWS HUCKABAY, 105, left her earthly home Nov. 19, 2012 to join her Lord and Savior in her new heavenly home, with burial at the Eastland City Cemetery in Eastland, TX. “Mrs. H.”, as she was affectionately called by many, was born to Harvey Arthur Matthews & Emmie Talkington Cloud Matthews in Indian Territory, near present-day Chickasha, OK, on Sept. 3, 1907. She moved with her family to Ranger, TX, in 1919 during the Oil Boom and lived on the McCleskey Lease near the discovery well. She graduated from Ranger High School in 1924 at Ranger, TX. After graduation, she worked at various jobs, including for the City of Ranger and for the local Ranger newspaper. Two highlights of her newspaper career were working with Boyce House on the breaking news of the Santa Claus Bank Robbery in 1927 and the story of Old Rip in 1928. In June of 1934, she married Leonard E. Huckabay (RHS-1924). Upon moving to Eastland, TX, in 1936, she became a full-time homemaker, and they raised three children. She was active in First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serving in many capacities: Sunday School teacher, officer of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, a Deaconess, and member of the Church Board. She enjoyed her participation in Las Leales Club, representing them on the original committee that spearheaded the creation of Eastland Memorial Hospital. In addition to her church and civic activities, Mrs. H. was a tireless supporter of her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and interests. She attended basketball games, tennis matches, softball games, band concerts, piano and dance recitals, and served in parent organizations to support these endeavors. She also thoroughly enjoyed chaperoning church youth ski trips and a trip to Washington, DC with the Junior Historians. She passed on to her children her love of history, her insatiable curiosity, and her unquenchable optimism, which led her to pursue numerous interests. She was proud of her heritage and became a “card- carrying” member of the Choctaw tribe. Although not a native Texan, she became an avid reader and collector of Texas history and folklore. Her curiosity spurred her lifelong love of learning new words and ideas, and her enjoyment of experiencing new places and events, as evidenced by her becoming a first-time college student, earning 9 hours of credit after the age of 60! Her optimism always helped her to find the silver lining, no matter how dark the situation. She was a loyal fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, the Texas Longhorns, and the Eastland Mavericks, rooting for them even through the worst of seasons. Mrs. H. is survived by her three children: James Donald (Jimmie Don) Huckabay and wife Lucy, of Santa Monica, CA; Linda Boose, of Eastland; Jana Marilynn Palmer and husband Bill, of Austin; and six grandchildren: Dr. Christina Huckabay, of Long Beach, CA; Nina Huckabay, of Santa Monica, CA; Jana Boose Miller and husband Chris, of Austin; Breanne Boose Campbell, of Fort Worth; James Thomas Palmer, of Austin; and Elizabeth Palmer Hightower & husband Scott of Austin. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, a brother, and her husband, Leonard, who died in 1991. Her siblings were: Willie Matthews (RHS-1924), Mildred Matthews True (RHS-1926) & Sammy Matthews (RHS-1935).