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Frankie Ritta Tanzy, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, born January 30, 1921, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, passed away August 3, 2014. Frankie dedicated her life to her family and education. She was a loved and respected teacher, principal, and school board member. Frankie graduated with a Bachelor's degree from East Texas State University and a Master's degree from The University of Texas at El Paso. She followed in the footsteps of her parents, sisters, and husband who were also teachers. During her career, she was a president of the El Paso Association for Childhood Education and also president of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teachers' sorority. Frankie joined the El Paso Independent School Board in 1980 after serving El Paso Independent School District for almost 25 years as a teacher and principal. After retiring from EPISD in 1979, she continued the family tradition as a freshman English instructor at El Paso Community College. She served as the principal at Crestline International School. She also spent many years working with her son, Attorney Jerry Tanzy, in his law office. Frankie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Melvin Preston Tanzy; her sons, Attorney Jerry Tanzy and Franklin David Tanzy; her sisters, Mary Virginia Lee, Bessie Smith, and Nellie Womack; and parents Jennie Mae and Edgar Franklin Smith. Frankie is survived by her daughter, Betty Starkes and husband Michael; and daughter-in-law, Angela Tanzy; her grandchildren, Christina Weiper and husband Billy, James Starkes, Russell Tanzy and wife Peggy, Larry Tanzy, Diana Borrego and husband Edgar, and Carol Belhasen; her great-grandchildren Brandon Tanzy, William Weiper, Jaden Weiper, Brianna Borrego, and Alexis Borrego; her brothers-in-law Frank Tanzy and Sid Tanzy and wife Leona; as well as many nieces and nephews. Service will be held Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Restland Wildwood Chapel with visitation one prior to service.
Published in El Paso Times from Aug. 5 to Aug. 12, 2014
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