Mildred Artell Ranes, age 88, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2012 in Carrollton, Texas surrounded by her loving family. She was welcomed through Heaven’s gates by God’s angels, her husband Joe and her mother Artie.
Artell was born on September 7, 1923 in Melissa, Texas to William Roach and Artie Raulston Roach. At the age of seven, Artell lost her mother. She then was raised by her dad, brothers, sister and grandmothers. The values she learned from those teachings guided her life for the next 81 years. She attended Melissa and McKinney schools. She was a homemaker and wonderful mother to her and Joe’s three children. Artell worked part time at many local McKinney businesses. She always had a smile and a warm greeting for everyone she met.
She was baptized into the Baptist faith in Melissa and was a long time member of King Memorial, Faith Memorial and Community North Baptist churches in McKinney.
She lost the love of her life, husband Bennie Joe, in November of 2007 and missed him terribly. She also preceded in death by her brothers, George, Dow, Willie, and Jesse Monroe.
Survivors include her daughter and caregiver for the last five years Linda Jo Marcom; sons, Billy Dow and Jimmie Don; son in law, Michael “Sonny” Marcom; daughters in law; Glenda (Ramsey) Ranes and Judith Simonson-Ranes; sister, Helen Hall and husband Blaine of McKinney, Texas; brother in law, Bob Ranes of Texarkana; sisters in law, Imogene Fincher of Rowlett, Charlotte Ranes of Texarkana and Delores Elliot of Dallas; lifelong friend, Eleanor Golden of Sherman; grandchildren, Michael, Michelle, Melissa, Susie, Jody, Tracy, Benjamin, David and Elizabeth Artell; and many wonderful great grandchildren, nieces and nephews that adored her.
A celebration of her life will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. Interment is to follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. A viewing for friends and family will be held Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff of Esperanza Memory Care of Carrollton and Vitas Hospice for their care, compassion and support in helping make mama’s journey home to heaven as comfortable as possible.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at alzfdn.org.
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