Marvel Ranger

Marvel Helen Ranger, 92, of Silver City, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 at her home. A native of Grant County, she was born in Silver City on June 26, 1921. Helen was the grandchild of James C. and Ninnettia Woodward, early residents and homesteaders of Southwestern New Mexico, where J.C. was a miner, prospector, and the first ore assayer for the mining area. Helen attended Silver City Public Schools, graduating from Teachers High School in 1938. After two years at N.M. State Teachers College, she entered the Colorado Training School for Nurses at Denver General Hospital, and graduated in 1943as a Registered Nurse. A brief time was spent in California, where she met and married Arthur H. "Tobe" Ranger, who was serving in the U.S. Navy. Shortly after the birth of her first child, she and her family returned to Silver City where she pursued her nursing career. She dedicated her life to caring for others through her nursing career working at the clinics of various physicians in Silver City and also at the local hospital Swift Memorial Hospital, Silver City General Hospital, Hillcrest General Hospital, and Gila Regional Medical Center where she retired as the Operating Room Supervisor in 1984. As a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Tyrone Chapter #41, the Silver City Extension Club, T.O.P.S., and the GRMC foundation, she was able to stay very active and involved until her eye sight was impaired by macular degeneration. Helen is preceded in death by her husband Arthur H. "Tobe" Ranger, her parents, Walter W. Woodward and Marvel L. "Pack" Woodward, her brothers Franklin and Richard. She is survived by a brother David R. Woodward and wife Joan of Tyrone, NM; and a sister Nina Mae Waldie of Milan, NM; three children, Barbara Guber and husband Don of Silver City, NM, Gigi Ellis of Silver City, NM, and Richard Ranger and wife Alice of Albuquerque, NM. Additional survivors include 10-grandchildren, 7-great grandchildren, 6-nieces and nephews, 12-great nieces and nephews, and 2-great-great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to New Mexico Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 1209 Camino Carlos Rey Santa Fe, NM 87507-5166 Following cremation, there will be a celebration of Helen's life on Saturday, March 15th at 10:00 am at Bright Funeral Home. 210 W College Ave. Silver City. Phone 388-1911, To send condolences, visit the web site:

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Bright Funeral Home
210 West College Avenue Silver City, NM 88061
(505) 388-1911

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Mar. 12, 2014