ELIZABETH NEAL STROUD, 73, was born Jan. 23, 1913 in
Ranger and was in the Ranger High School Class of 1930
at Ranger, TX. Her brother was Presley K. Neal & her
sister was Lillian Neal Eastland. Elizabeth attended
St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Worth and
became an LVN. She returned to Ranger and married
Herman Neal Stroud who was working on her father's
farm. They lived their entire lives in Ranger, except
for the time Mr. Stroud served in the U.S. Navy during
WWII. Herman Stroud served on the Ranger School Board
during 1965-1966 and died in Ranger on Feb. 12, 1967.
They adopted a daughter, Catherine (RHS-1965), at
birth in 1947 and later adopted two sons in 1963,
Ronnie & Robert. Robert died when he was a teenager
Elizabeth worked as a nurse at the West Texas Clinic
and later at Ranger General Hospital. She also worked
as a private duty nurse and worked at Ranger's nursing
home, the Western Manor. She usually took summers off
to stay home with her daughter, when they would harvest
and can or freeze the vegetables from their large garden.
After school started again in the fall, she would usually
return to work as a nurse. She was active in church,
Eastside Baptist (her grandfather founded Ranger's
Second Baptist Church), and in the LVN Association and
was a member of Eastern Star. After Mr. Stroud died,
she later sold the farm and moved into town where her
granddaughters would visit her for wonderful summers in
Elizabeth became very ill in 1985 & lived in the Western
Manor nursing home for a period of time until she had
progressed well enough to move into her own apartment.
Arrangements for an apartment at the Gholson Hotel were
made but she went to Katy, TX, to visit her daughter
and died there on June 18, 1986 before returning to Ranger.
She was buried at Evergreen Cemetery next to Mr. Stroud
and their adopted son, Robert L. Stroud.
She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Burns and her
husband, Ray, of Delray Beach, FL; the son, Ronnie Stroud;
two granddaughters, Jeanette Livingston and her husband
Mike and daughter Shyanne Thompson of Baltimore, MD, and
Joya Albritton and her husband Marc and son Alexander
and daughter Jordan of Wellington, FL.