Frances Harper, 95, dies at ranch home onFeb. 16

PRESIDIO COUNTY - Frances Eugenia Greenwood Harper was born in Marfa on June 12, 1918 to Hart Mussey Greenwood and Amy Frances Pool. She died Feb. 16, 2014, at her ranch home after a long life of 95 years. She was raised at La Cienega, one of the ranches acquired by her greatgrandfather, John Pool, upon coming to Presidio County in 1877. She was very proud of her heritage and never wandered far from the place she called home. She met Ted Harper while herding cattle to water at a windmill owned by the neighboring Harpers. A courtship ensued and they were married in 1935. Ted and Frances would spend the rest of their 77 years together raising cattle, horses and family on their ranch south of Marfa. Every bit the cowgirl and horsewoman, she was an essential part of their everyday ranch life and was frequently called upon to snub colts or drag calves. Though some knew her as "Kika", Frances was known by most as "Granny". She was a wonderful but messy cook who liked her coffee strong and her steak rare. She had great love for her ranch, her horses, her church and her family. She was really good chute help and drove many miles hauling kids, grandkids and anybody else who needed hauling, to rodeo events all over. No one ever got turned-out with Granny driving. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Harper, a daughter, Amy Harper Stephens, her son-in-law, Johnny Surratt and her brother, Hart Greenwood, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Tana Harper Surratt, three granddaughters - Amy Weyerts and husband Robert, Mya Craven and husband Kelly, Tana Dumas and husband Mike, three grandsons - Cleat Stephens and wife Cami of Fort Davis, Sandy Stephens and wife Diane, Sam Stephens, ten great-grandchildren and many great friends including Manuela Garcia, Adela Hernandez and Elias Paz. Services for Frances Harper will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Marfa, with burial to follow at the Carrizal Ranch. Pallbearers are Cleat Stephens, Sandy Stephens, Sam Stephens, Roberts Weyerts, Kelly Craven and Hart M. "Trey" Greenwood.
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