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