DORIS MAE MATHENA ELROD MERRYMAN, 50, suffered
a massive heart attack and passed away on Sept. 8,
1975 at Ranger General Hospital in Ranger, TX, with
burial at Evergreen Cemetery.
Doris Mae Mathena was born Nov. 22, 1924 to Rufus
Victor & Trudy May Baker Mathena. She was born in
the home of her maternal grandparents, Jacob (Jake)
and Hannah Ann Griffith Baker in Ranger. Dr. Cabe
Terrell assisted in the delivery.
Doris graduated from Cooper Elementary, Ranger High
School (1941) & Ranger College. Prior to her marriage,
she was employed at Joseph's Dry Goods. Doris married
Donnal Rex Elrod in Dec. of 1943. While Rex and
five of his brothers were serving our country during
WWII, Doris worked as a bookkeeper for Ratliff's Feed
Store. In 1945 the war ended and fortunately, the six
Elrod brothers returned home. Doris and Rex enrolled in
Ranger College & were very active members of the student
body. Soon after graduating, Doris and Rex moved to
Wichita Falls, TX, where Rex continued his college
education in the field of Horology.
Doris moved from Alaska and California to Texas. She
returned to Ranger and was currently employed by her
parents at City Floral. Doris was a member of the
First Baptist Church in Ranger.
At the time of her death, she was survived by her parents,
Victor and Trudy Mathena, one sister, Dorothy Helen
Mathena Elrod (RHS-1939), one foster sister, Dorothy
Ellen Eppley (RHS-1957), husband, C.A. Merryman, two
daughters, Vicki Ann Merryman (RHS-1973) and Carol Lynn
Phillips (RHS-1977), one grandson, Anthony D. Phillips,
one nephew, Tommy Elrod and one niece, Debra Ann Blackwell,
a number of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.