Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1963

Gay Nell Blackwell GAY NELL BLACKWELL BURNETT, 75, loving wife, mother, grandmother, & great-grandmother, passed away passed away on July 14, 2020 after a long battle with cancer, with burial at Alameda Cemetery near Ranger, TX. Gay was born on June 19, 1945 in Gorman, TX to J.B & Juanita McGaha Blackwell. She graduated from Ranger High School in the Class of 1963. In July of 1962, she married Jimmy Don Burnett (RHS-1960). They raised two children, James (RHS-1982) and Melissa (RHS-1985). Gay was a member of the Mesquite & Rusk Church of Christ. She loved working for First Financial Bank for 33 years & later worked at the Eastland County Courthouse. She cherished all of the friendships she developed over the years. Gay will be remembered for all the things she loved and shared with her family. Her love for cooking and planning delicious meals, the family vacations and camping in Colorado, playing card games and dominoes and flower gardening will be greatly missed and always remembered. Gay was preceded in death by her father J.B. & her mother Juanita and her brother Fred Blackwell (RHS-1969). She is survived by her husband Jimmie Don, her two children, James & Melissa, daughter- in-law, Wendy, three grandchildren, Jamie, Mason and Madilyn, one great-granddaughter, Harper, one brother Larry Blackwell (RHS-1967), one sister-in- law Jan and several nieces and nephews. Classmates who attended her service: Patricia Eschberge, Linda Hatton, Charlie Santos, & Jeralyn Anderson. MOTHER: JUANITA MCGAHA BLACKWELL, 86, of Ranger, TX passed away Aug. 20, 2004, with burial in Alameda Cemetery near Ranger. Mrs. Blackwell was born on May 30, 1918 in Eastland County, TX, to Jesse & Leora (Jones) McGaha. She was a graduate of Carbon High School. She met & married J.B. Blackwell in Dec. of 1943 at Ranger and he preceded her in death on May 12, 1970. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mesquite & Rusk St. Church of Christ. Mrs. Blackwell is survived by her daughter Gay Nell Burnett (RHS-1963) & husband Jim Burnett (RHS-1960) of Lake Leon; son, Larry Don Blackwell (RHS-1967) & wife, Jan of Bedford, TX; sister, Jo Johnson of Odessa, TX; eight grandchildren; seven great-grand- children; and several nieces and nephews.