Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1958

Audie Dempsey Falk AUDIE FAYE DEMPSEY FALK, 81, passed away May 2, 2021, with her husband by her side, with burial in Bullock Cemetery near Ranger, TX. Audie Faye Falk was born on Jan. 12, 1940 in a farm house near Ranger, TX on a very cold, snowy day to the late Ernest & Maggie Dempsey. The home was small, but she said it was filled with love. She & her two older sisters Hazel & Joyce bonded for a lifetime of friendship on this small isolated farm. She spent her childhood years in and around Ranger & graduated from Ranger High School in 1958. After she graduated from high school, she married her high school sweetheart Ray Falk (RHS-1955) in June of 1958. They lived that summer in Ranger with Ray working for Gulf Pipeline and she sewing in a garment factory. In the fall, she & Ray moved to Austin, TX so he could complete his studies at The University of TX Pharmacy School. While living in Austin, she was employed as an administrative assistant by The Texas Department of Highways. They enjoyed attending U.T. football games and visiting the many local museums. After Ray graduated from U.T. they lived for three months in Brownwood, TX. In the fall of 1960, they moved to Abilene, TX, Ray working for Templeton Kimbrough Pharmacies. In Abilene, both of their children were born Kevin in 1961 and Debra in 1963. In 1965 they moved to San Angelo, TX, Ray working for Merck, a pharmaceutical company. Faye was active in church and raising two children. Often Ray was traveling with his job and was out of town. In 1970, the family moved to Clyde, TX where they had purchased BBB Drug Store and renamed it Falk Pharmacy. She was part-time bookkeeper in the business and also, full-time mother to two young children. While living in Clyde, they bought and refurbished a two-story house. This is the home where Kevin & Debra were raised through high school. In the mid-eighties they purchased 8 acres of land that had been an abandoned pecan orchard. Several months of work occupied both Audie Faye and Ray improving the acreage. In 1988, they built a Spanish-style mission house in the middle of the acreage. This was to be their "retirement" home. Purchasing a tractor, farm implements, and even having a barn built occupied their time as they planted and irrigated even more pecan, fruit, and pine trees on their small farm. In 2004, changes were made, as they sold their business and purchased a motor home. For two years, they traveled living in the motor home, returning back to the farm in between trips. In 2006 they decided traveling was more fun than farming. They sold the house, property, furniture, farming equipment and became "full-timers" living and traveling in the motor home. These years they may have been houseless, but never homeless as they explored North America. Of all the houses they owned throughout their lives, Audie Faye never needed to use a real estate agent, but was able to exhibit her decorating talents as she showed and sold them herself. During 2006 through 2013 they traveled as "full-timers" to every state in the U.S. and Canada. Audie Faye said that these were some of the happiest years in her life. In 2013 due to her health declining, they sold the motor home and built a new house in Georgetown, TX. She & Ray enjoyed life here, joining and attending Hope United Church, a small church. Daniel their grandson graduated from college in 2016, married Adriana in 2018 and in June 2020 they welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Evaric Johnson. Audie Faye became a very happy great-grandmother. Audie Faye is survived by Ray Falk her husband of almost 63 years, her son Kevin Falk & spouse Allan of Kauai, HI, her daughter Debra Johnson and spouse Kent of Clyde, TX, her grandson Daniel Johnson and spouse Adriana and great-grandson Evaric Johnson of Houston, TX, her sister Joyce Dempsey Browning (RHS- 1954) of Stephenville, TX, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her sister Hazel Dempsey Sharpe (RHS- 1945 died in 2015. Audie Faye fought a long battle against a rare disease and showed her family and friends the true meaning of grace, bravery and fortitude in the face of adversity.