Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1933

Libby Cleveland Whitmire LIBBY ELEANORE CLEVELAND WHITMIRE - The Angels sang Libby into heaven on the 5th of Dec., 2016, completing 102 years on this earth. Interment was at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia, TX. She was born to Jesse Frederick Cleveland & Dorothy Adams Cleveland in San Angelo, TX on Sept. 25, 1914 as the third of four children. The family moved to Ranger, TX when Libby was five years old. Her parents have predeceased her as well as her brother, William H. Cleveland, sisters Cordelia Cleveland Masters (RHS-1928) and Dorothy Jesse Cleveland Huddle (RHS- 1939). Her first husband, Patrick Joseph McMurrough, Jr. and her eldest son, Patrick Joseph McMurrough III also predeceased her. She leaves to mourn her passing, Charles Stephen McMurrough (Anne), Terence McMurrough, Mary Katherine McMurrough (David), seven grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren in addition to many nieces and nephews. Her Great Grandfather was Charles Lander Cleveland, a traveling circuit Judge. He donated the land for the town site of Cleveland, TX and so the town was named after him. The DAR is completing work on a museum in Liberty, TX in the home he built for his family. It is called the Cleveland/Partlow house. Libby was an artistic child who studied the violin and began oil painting at the age of nine, continuing to produce lovely paintings for many years. She attended St. Rita's Catholic School and was on the pep squad at Ranger High School in Ranger, TX, being the class prophet her senior year, graduating at age seventeen in 1933. Her mother, an excellent seamstress, said "Libby was my best dressed child." Her fashion sense & blending of colors were remarkable. She maintained a slender figure all of her life to go with her attractive face. Some described her as "striking." Libby was a woman of many talents. She did exhibition dancing for Arthur Murray Studios specializing in the tango. She could play the piano by ear. After she had her four children, she returned to nursing school at Jefferson Davis Hospital to complete her R.N. Degree. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1958 and worked for HISD as a school nurse testing children's hearing for 26 years. After her first husband, Patrick J. McMurrough, passed away she remarried to Victor E. Whitmire until he died 8 years later. Libby loved attending and giving parties. Her children always had birthday parties with their school mates and relatives. Some involved a campfire in the backyard with lit Chinese lanterns strung above, or a pony to ride, or even swim parties. Once there was a miniature golf party. Guests generally went home with some party favor such as a bandanna or a miniature bottle of perfume for the girls. She enjoyed traveling & was very active in the Kiwanis Club, traveling to many different states and Canada as a representative of her club. She even went to Nice, France for an international Kiwanis Club convention. She was proud to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lady Washington Chapter and had her framed certificate hanging above her bed where she convalesced at Elmcroft of Braeswood assisted living center. Libby enjoyed traveling to Europe, Hawaii, China, Colorado, Florida, California, New York and the Kentucky Derby most every year. Her Mother was raised in Kentucky and she had a special fondness for it. She still has cousins there.