Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1944

Marjorie Pearsall Gordon MARJORIE JEAN PEARSALL GORDON, 89, passed away Feb. 10, 2016 in Wichita Falls, TX with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. Marjorie was born Nov. 17, 1926 in Ranger, TX to Francis Stanley Pearsall & Lela Louise (Porterfield) Pearsall. She lived in Thurber, TX through the first grade, then moved with her family to Ranger, TX. She was skilled at playing the piano and excelled at the violin at an early age. Marge performed, not only at church, but at social functions in the community throughout her school years. Marge enjoyed spending time fishing which was an activity that her father taught her. She attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1944. It was in high school that she met the love of her life, Byron Winn Gordon (RHS-1944). After graduation, Byron joined the U.S. Army and Marge went to college at North Texas Women's University. After her freshman year, she transferred to St. Joseph School of Nursing in Fort Worth, Texas. She obtained her Registered Nurse Degree. While there, she formed many life-long friendships. After graduation, she worked at the VA Hospital in Denton. She & Byron were married in March of 1949 in Ranger. As Byron was employed by Texaco, their married life started in Monument, NM. Other oilfield towns included Snyder, Penwell, Odessa and Hobbs. Marge worked private duty nursing for several years until her children were attending school. At that time, she worked at Lea General Hospital as the supervisor for surgical floor and emergency room. After the move to Hobbs, the city girl got to become a "country" girl. Her life now included canning, moving irrigation pipe, doctoring livestock, baling hay & raising tomatoes. She became an accomplished seamstress, making all the clothes for her family. This included dress suits for Byron. She also found time to be first chair violin in the Hobbs Symphony Orchestra. After moving to North Texas in 1976, Marge began taking art classes. She astonished her family with yet another talent, oil painting. She showed her artwork at various venues in the area, including the Kemp Center for the Arts. She also studied photography & would take pictures wherever she went to use as the subject for her paintings. She enjoyed painting until 2010 when health issues arose. Marge and Byron also bred, raised and showed Doberman Pinschers. Most of all, she loved spending time at family gatherings. Marjorie is preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Carroll Glenn Gordon; brother, John F. Pearsall (RHS-1941); & grandson, John Paul Welty. Surviving relatives include her daughter, Kathleen Jean (Gordon) Smyers & her husband, Jerry M. Smyers of Holliday, TX; grandsons, Richard Gordon and family of Portland, OR; Gene Gordon and family of Victoria, TX; Kelly (Gordon) Downing and family of Henderson, NV; Heather (Gordon) Simmens and family of Wichita Falls, TX; and John Gordon and family of Wichita Falls, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.