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Hazel Rea



AAFA #0060





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Buffalo, Dallas Co., MO—Wednesday, 19 March 2003


Hazel Rea

Aug. 25, 1901–Feb. 24, 2003


            Cremation rites were accorded by the Montgomery-Viets Funeral home. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Dallas County Library.

            Hazel Rea was born Aug. 25, 1901, the daughter of Harry and Alma (Alford) Rea. She died Feb. 24, 2003, at the age of 101 years, five months and 29 days.

            She was a graduate of Cottey College High School in 1920, Southwest Missouri State University in 1924, and Illinois University in 1926. She taught math in Buffalo High School one year, and retired from U.S.C. in 1971 as assistant librarian.

            Survivors include one brother, Paul Rea, Buffalo; one sister, Irene Wray, St. Joseph; and five nephews and their families.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Hazel Rea (SS # 572-42-8809 issued in CA).

            Hazel’s Alford lineage, beginning with her mother: Mary Alma 1882 MO2, Matthew 1854 TN3, John M. 1821 TN4, John 1786 NC/TN5.


The obituary of her brother, Paul Rea:


Same source, Wednesday, 2 July 2003


Paul Rea

Jan. 26, 1904–June 24, 2003


            Funeral services were held Saturday, June 28 in the Montgomery-Viets Chapel.... Burial was in Bethel Cemetery under the direction of the Montgomery-Viets Funeral Home of Buffalo.

            Escorts were Rick Rea, Jeff Rea, William Rea, Steve DeWitt, Robert Thompkins and Charles W. DeWitt.

            Paul Rea was born Jan. 26, 1904, at Buffalo, the son of Harry and Alma (Alford) Rea. He died June 24, 2003, at the Colonial Springs Nursing Home in Buffalo at the age of 99 years, 4 months and 28 days.

            He was united in marriage with Theresa Curtice of Buffalo on March 21, 1926, and to this union two sons were born.

            He graduated from Buffalo High School and after attending college for two years, he taught at Charity and Long Lane before moving to St. Louis where he worked for the U. S. Postal Service in various positions. When he retired, he was a superintendent of a St. Louis Branch Post Office.

            He began working part-time as an usher and ticket seller for both the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Club and the St. Louis Browns. He eventually was promoted to working in the front office of the Cardinals in their group ticket sales.

            His wife, Theresa, also worked for both the Browns and Cardinals and was the ticket director of the St. Louis Browns until they moved to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Orioles. She later was appointed assistant ticket director for the Cardinals and worked for them for many years until retirement.

            They then returned to Buffalo to live. They both worked for the Cardinals ticket department during their spring training periods at St. Petersburg, Fla.

            He saw all of the Cardinals world series games in St. Louis beginning in the 1920s through the most recent world series of 1987.

            He loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Buffalo Rotary Club and the First Baptist Church.

            He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Theresa; a son, Paul C. Rea; a brother, Ward Rea; and a sister, Hazel Rea.

            Survivors include one son, Charles W. Rea, Kirkwood; six grandchildren: Richard W. Rea, William C. Rea, Mary P. Tompkins, all of St. Louis, Jeff Rea, Lisa Rea and Michael Rea, all of Texas; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Irene Wray, St. Joseph.