Sarah Louise (Shaffer) Bratton

Sarah Louise (Shaffer) Bratton was born October 16, 1917 in Bowden, Oklahoma and went to be with our Lord on October 13, 2020.

Sarah, who was known as Louise to her friends and family, spent her early years in Oklahoma. Her family moved to Crane, Texas in 1930, when her father took a new job on the oil line, or “down the line” as she liked to say.

She married George William “Mac” Bratton on May 28, 1935 in Odessa, Texas. They moved to his home-town of Ranger, Texas in 1937, splitting time after that between Crane and Ranger for many years and raising three children.

Louise was a self-taught pianist and enjoyed playing and singing Hymns. She often told the story of how when she was young, her family would go for a drive in their open touring car singing hymns at the top of their lungs. People could hear them coming for miles around.

A smart woman with a love of learning, Louise attended nursing school in her 50s, combining and fulfilling her dream of profession and helping people. Upon graduation, she worked at Hospitals in Crane, Ranger, and Eastland. In addition, Louise never stopped turning to school, specifically Ranger College, to explore and learn anything she wanted. She took classes in comparative religion, history and even a computer class in her 80s, so she could continue independent study and to communicate electronically with her grandchildren. Her love of learning also extended to travel, seeking out and visiting as far flung places as New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and much of Europe.

Her children and grandchildren were her world. An industrious woman, hobbies also translated to productive work such as tending, harvesting, and canning from a bountiful garden and maintaining the property. Her downtime would typically find her tending her roses, playing the piano, or reading the newspaper, a book, an atlas, or more often the bible.
Entertaining guests and family gave Louise immense joy. A table groaning with delicious dishes of food, abundant laughter and hugs abounding fill the memories of her family.

The cattle ranching business and running a ranch were things she had to learn to do quickly in her early 60s. She successfully maintained this family business on her own, while also continuing her nursing career for the next 20 years. She finally retired from both at the age of 82.

Spunky and lively into her 90s, she continued to ride rollercoasters every chance afforded to her. From Six Flags Over Texas to Disney’s Orlando parks, she rode every thrill ride even at the age of 92.

Witty, warm and fun to be around, she enjoyed laughing and making others laugh. Although she loved old gospel hymns, her favorite melody was hearing her family laugh together.

Sarah Louise Bratton is preceded in death by her husband George William Bratton, her brother William “Billy” Shaffer, her sister Martha (Shaffer) Thompson, her son, Gerald Don Bratton and one great-grandchild. She is survived by her son, William Ray Bratton, her daughter, Janie Ann Friedlein, six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends at Edwards Funeral Home, 211 Pine, Ranger on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 3-4PM.

Graveside services will be held at The Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, Texas on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 2 PM.

A memorial scholarship has been established in her name for the Ranger College Choir.

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