EULA NELL ANDERSON DEMPSEY, 87, passed away on
Feb. 16, 2022 in Fort Worth, TX.
She was born on June 5, 1934 in Woodward, OK and
attended schools in Ranger including Ranger High
School in the Class of 1952. She married Wesley
Dempsey (RHS-1940) in Ranger in Feb. of 1951. They
were married 51 years and raised 4 children. They
lived 6 miles north of Ranger on their land, which
they bought in 1955.
Nell loved all animals, especially dogs. She raised
many of them and loved them all very much. They were
all part of her family. Each time one of them died,
a part of her heart died. Nell worked on the farm
with her husband and kids. Also, she worked at the
Eastland Livestock Auction for 22 years and met
many people. She loved to go dancing and she and
Wesley would go dancing on Saturday nights at the
American Legion Hall in Breckenridge. This was after
the kids grew up enough that they could stay home
without a sitter. Nell & Wesley worked several jobs
and saw to it the kids got a good education & were
so proud of each of them.
Speaking of dancing, Nell told a funny story once.
Wesley was dancing with someone and she was sitting
at the table. This man, on a crutch, came over and
asked her to dance. She thought he was joking. But
he kept insisting and so she said "Sure". Boy could
that guy dance with one crutch! If he would have
had 2 crutches there is no telling how well he could
have danced. He didn't step on her toes once, she
Preceding her in death was her husband Wesley Dempsey,
daughter Penni Owens, parents Myrtle Anderson & John
D. Anderson Sr., and her brother John D. Anderson Jr.
(RHS-1950) & sister in-law Helen Bradford (RHS-1945).
She is survived by her 3 children, Steve Dempsey of
Ranger, Jeri Ponder and husband J.T. of Richland Hills,
Mark Dempsey and wife, Trissie of Breckenridge, son-
in-law Rusty Owens of Big Lake. Also surviving are
8 grandchildren, Todd Dempsey and wife, Sara, Camri
Breeding and husband Jeff, Alex Dempsey & wife Kenzie,
Corey Owens and wife Shauna, Jeff Dempsey and wife
Alma, Darci Owens, Stephanie Dempsey, and Kim (Fisher)
Grippe. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren,
Brynn and Faith Breeding, Kinley and Colton Grippe,
Connor Dempsey, Brooks Dempsey, Ryan Dempsey, Caden
Dempsey, Weston Dempsey, Carson Owens and Avery Owens.
Also, she leaves behind 2 nephews, Cody Bradford,
Johnny Anderson and 2 nieces, Jane Ann Mitchell and
Vici Carpenter, a sister-in-law Bobbie Anderson and
brother-in-law Don Bradford.