HELEN IRENE DEMPSEY BRADFORD, 78, went to be with
her Lord and Savior on April 6, 2007 with burial
at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Ranger, TX.
Helen was born in Ranger, TX on June 4, 1928 to
Caudy Neal & Martha Jane Adams Dempsey. She
attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1945
at Ranger. She was married to Charles Donald
Bradford, her childhood sweetheart, in June of
1946 at Ranger. Helen lived all her life in the
place where she was born. She & Don trained
horses for Dr. Kuykendall until his death. She
was Miss Rodeo Ranger in 1949 and represented the
Ranger Chamber of Commerce at many rodeos & parades.
She would be seen with Don at many rodeos where
they would be overseeing the secretarial & timing
or helping their grandchildren to compete. She
was the owner of Bradford Realty & Bradford Book-
keeping & Tax Service and the office manager for
Staff Water Supply Corporation for many years.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Ranger.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one
brother, Wesley Dempsey (RHS-1940).
She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years
Don; a daughter, Jane Ann (RHS-1968) and husband
Charles, of Caddo; a son, Cody and wife Brenda
(RHS-1984), of Ranger. She dearly loved her
grandchildren, Shawn Mitchell of Weatherford,
Silas Mitchell of Olden, Chelsey and Chauncy
Bradford of Ranger, & four great-grandchildren
and many, many friends. Her first cousin, Hazel
Louise Dempsey Sharpe, of Athens was also in the
RHS Class of 1945.