Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1932 RJC & The Faculty

Alla Kuykendall Morris ALLA RAY KUYKENDALL MORRIS, 79, died on May 25, 1995 in Eastland, TX, with interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. She was born in Moody, TX on Jan. 18, 1916 to Dr. Peree Moran Kuykendall & Alla Ray Elliott Kuykendall. Alla Ray, as everyone knew her, grew up in Ranger & graduated from Ranger High School in 1932. After attending Ranger Jr. College, she went on to receive her Bachelor in Arts from the University of Texas, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She later received a Master of Arts from Western State College of Colorado in 1958. Mrs. Morris did post-graduate work in England at London University, the University of California & North Texas State University. She married James Preston Morris in 1941 in Fort Worth. The couple made their home in Ranger and owned Morris Funeral Home. She began her career in education by teaching fourth grade for seven years at the Hodges Oak Park Elementary School, and later teaching English and serving as Department head at Ranger Jr. College where she retired after 30 years of service. Upon retirement, she served a member, secretary, and president of the Board of Regents for Ranger Jr. College until 1983, at which time her mother's health required her full attention. She was a noted educator, was often credited by school officials with having exceptional leadership and teaching qualities, earning the love and respect of her students and co-workers. A pillar of the community, Mrs. Morris was a member and supporter of the first United Methodist Church for 40 years. Other memberships include the American Association of University Women, the 47 Club, the 1920 Club, the Columbia Study Club, and the first member of the Ranger Historical Preservation Society. She held various offices in each organization. She was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Morris in 1948. Survivors at the time of her death include one cousin, Zora Mae Bryant of Cross Plains. Dr. P.M. Kuykendall FATHER: DR. PEREE MORAN KUYKENDALL, 67, died May 28, 1959. He was born Aug. 16, 1892. He married Alla Ray Elliott in 1912. They had a daughter, Alla Ray Kuykendall Morris. He served as Captain in France during WWI. Mr. Kuykendall was a doctor in Desdemona when he bought the West Texas Clinic in Ranger, TX from Dr. Barnett in 1930. MOTHER: ALLA RAY ELLIOTT KUYKENDALL died April 19, 1988, Alla Ray, the second daughter of Josephine Reeves & Richard Buckner Elliott, was born Nov. 20, 1892 in Troy, TX. She was reared in Muskogee, OK, and attended Fulton College for Women in Fulton, MO. She and Dr. P.M. Kuykendall were married at Moody, TX, in 1912. Following his service as a Captain in France during World War I, they lived in Desdemona, TX until 1930 when the family moved to Ranger. Dr. Kuykendall died in 1959. Mrs. Kuykendall was a member of First United Methodist Church in Ranger for 56 years and was a soloist in the church choir for many years. She was honored with a lifetime membership pin from the women's society of the church. For more than 40 years she was a volunteer in Ranger Child Welfare Club and acted as boy's camp selection officer from Ranger for the Salvation Army for 20 years. Mrs. Kuykendall was a donor to Ranger General Hospital and was made an honorary lifetime member of the hospital auxiliary. Kuykendall Hall, a women's dormitory at Ranger Junior College, was named to honor Dr. and Mrs. Kuykendall. She was elected honorary membership in the Phi Beta Theta. In 1972, Alla Ray Kuykendall was named Ranger Woman of the Year. She was among the organizers of Lone Cedar Country Club & was a member of the Auxiliary of Veterans of World War I and the Columbia Study Club. At the time of her death, Mrs. Kuykendall was survived by her daughter, Mrs. James Preston Morris (RHS-1932), of Ranger; her nephew's widow, Mrs. R. Elliott Bryant, of Cross Plains; two nieces-in-law, Mrs. A.M. Allison of Alice, TX, and Mrs. Spurgeon Bell of Houston, TX; and a nephew-in-law, Mr. Fred Acre of Moody, TX.