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Frankie Lee Harlow

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Frankie Lee Harlow passed away on Monday, June 23, 2008 at her home in San Antonio at the age of 85. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Greenwood on January 26, 1923 in Del Rio, she was the fourth generation of a pioneer ranching family in Val Verde County. Frankie Lee grew up in Del Rio, graduated from Del Rio High School, attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and earned a BA degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1942. That same year she married Fred Harlow, an instructor pilot in the United States Air Force, and in 1945 they entered the sheep ranching business. After his death in 2002, Mrs. Harlow continued the family business. She enjoyed cooking, dogs, entertaining, reading, and traveling. She was also interested in politics and was instrumental in organizing the Republican Party in Val Verde County in the early 1960s. She is survived by two daughters, Lea Harlow, of San Antonio and Kay Ochoa and husband Daniel, as well as two granddaughters, Anna and Elizabeth Ochoa, all of Boerne. In addition, special thanks go to Ofelia Sanchez, long-time housekeeper. A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at St. James Episcopal Church in Del Rio. Memorial contributions may be given to St. James Episcopal School, P.O. Drawer 1129, Del Rio, TX 78841-1129; Friends of Del Rio Animals, P.O. Box 422072, Del Rio, TX 78842, or to the charity of one's choice.

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  1. Dear Lea and Kay: We will miss Frankie’s laugh and love of life. She made our day when we went out to lunch. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob and Sally Buchanan

  2. Dear Lea, Kay and family; I am so sorry for your loss; I shall miss her. I am attending an aunt’s funeral so cannot be with you for the memorial service. My prayers are with you.

  3. Dear Lea and Kay, Your mother was a one of a kind, bigger than life sort of person that I am proud to have known. I loved her stories and she always made me laugh. She will be missed by many.

  4. We went to High School with Frankie Lee and shared many fun times together. She was a thoughful and loving lady and we will miss her.

  5. Dear Lea and Kay, It was with sorrow that I read of your mother’s passing this morning. Frankie Lee was a gem. I have the fondest memories of saling with her and Fred on the KayLea as a child. Your mother will continue to be an inspiration to me in my travels through life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  6. Kay and Lea, I so enjoyed the times spent with you and your parents at the ranch and Del Rio. As you miss your mother, I’m sure you will enjoy the memory of her zest for life. May God’s blessings be with you. Lovingly, Beth Ward Beach

  7. Kay, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers as you and your family mourn your loss. Otila Gonzalez

  8. To Kay and family……..My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember very little about your mom except that she was a very sweet woman. I remember that she was very nice to my mom. (Kay, you taught me twirling lessons in mid 60’s while I was in Jr. High.) I’m little sister of Wilmer Mitchell, your class of ’66 I was very sad to read of your mom’s passing. I pictured her at your home and welcoming she was when I came to your house for lessons. fond memories……. sincerely, Pat Mitchell Dunn

  9. Dear Lea and Kay, You know how much I loved your parents!…I never quit missing them after I left Del Rio. Some of my life’s most entertaining and enjoyable moments were spent with them. Frankie Lee was an original…brilliant, so humorous, always interesting! There is something tremendous to be said about a person who was *never* dull or boring. You gals carry on. You have a great heritage behind you. Know that I send my love, prayers for your peacefulness, and that I am with you in spirit.

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