Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1935

FRANCES HARRELL COLLINS died on July 17, 2016 in Dallas, TX at the age of 98. She was born on April 3, 1918 in Sour Lake, TX to Doyle & Lelia Skillern Harrell, the third of four children. Frances was a graduate of Ranger High School in Ranger, TX, 1935, Stephen F. Austin Teacher's College, 1939 & Texas Women's University, 1969. In Feb. of 1947, she married Thomas D. Collins at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dallas. When her youngest child entered kindergarten Frances went to work as a teacher first at St. Pius X Catholic School & later as a special education teacher in the Richardson ISD. She ended her education career as a special education materials librarian with the Texas Education Service Center Region 10 from which she retired in 1984. Retirement did not last long. Soon she was working at the Dallas Museum of Art as a gallery attendant. For the next twenty six years Frances enjoyed work, exhibits & events, as well as meeting interesting people, museum visitors, artists and curators from around the globe. She loved traveling in the US and overseas. When Frances was 82 she took her last big trip accompanying an Ethiopian co-worker home to visit her family. Frances last position at the DMA was telephone receptionist. Upon her second retirement at age 93 the DMA reception desk was named in her honor. Frances loved people and had friends of all ages, races and ethnicities and will be remembered with deep affection by many. Frances is preceded in death by husband Thomas Collins, Sr. and son Thomas Collins, Jr. She is survived by her children Kate Chitwood, Dennis Collins, Ellen Davis and husband Bob, and daughter-in-law, Jean Collins; grand- children, Sean Chitwood and wife Mila Webb, Ivan Collins, Barret Collins, Shannon Threatt and husband James, Dakota Davis and fiancÚ Beth Anne Reed, Forest Davis, & extended family. Her siblings were Lorene Harrell Massengale (RHS- 1937), Ford Harrell (RHS-1928), & Bayne Harrell (RHS-1933).