Frances Octavia Smith
Born: Oct 31, 1912 AD
Died: 2001 AD, at 88 years of age.
1912 - Born in Uvalde, Texas on the 31st of October.
1929-1933 - Divorced at 17, she married August Wayne Johns that same year, a union that lasted until their divorce.
- She took the name Dale Evans to promote her singing career.
1935 - She then married her accompanist and arranger Robert Dale Butts.
1946 - Evans married Roy Rogers on New Year's Eve.
1950 - She wrote the song most closely associated with the cowboy fascination of the '50s. "Happy Trails to You" was written while preparing for a radio show; scribbling on an envelope, Dale wrote the famous lyrics and taught the medley to Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers forty minutes before show time.
1976 - She was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1998 - Died in congestive heart failure at the age of 86, and after a series of medical problems, on the 7th of February.
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