On April the 12th, 2017, we lost our beloved Willeda Rea of Art, Texas. She was 79 years old and is survived by her husband of 58 years, Van Rea of Art and three daughters, Laura McDowell of Austin, Mindy Hasie of Austin and Tammy Smith of New Braunfels, Texas. She is also survived by three sisters, Marjorie Cardwell of Fredericksburg, Betha Cox of Kyle and Zala Koym and her husband Charles of Fredericksburg. She has seven grandchildren, Abraham McDowell, Chloe McDowell, Rea Netherton and husband Bill, Cal Hasie, Mont Hasie, Preston Smith and Colby Smith. She is also survived by brother in law Dennis Rea and wife Ann of Fredericksburg. She was preceded in death by her parents Rev. Bruce Cox and Ruby Jordan Cox (previously of Mason, Texas), sister Brucene Norton and a grandson, Michael Wyeth.
Willeda was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 23, 1938. Willeda attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, graduated with a B.S. degree in only two and one half years with honors. She taught school in Killeen, San Antonio and Galveston for a total of 14 years. She subsequently was active in many organizations in both San Marcos and Mason and pursued her passion of photography. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason.
On Dec. 7, 2011 Willeda experienced a rather massive stroke resulting in expressive aphasia and auditory processing difficulties. With the help of Austin Speech Labs and her many Mason and San Marcos friends she had shown amazing progress in both areas. She has been able to return to her beloved hobby of photography, socializing with friends and spending much time on the computer. On many occasions she expressed to family her great appreciation for all of you who have helped her through this.
Visitation was held at Mason Funeral Home from 5-7p.m. on Monday April 17. The funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Mason, Texas on Tuesday April 18 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Colleen Haley leading the service. Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her nephews Jim Shultea, Parker Harden, Scott McLeod, Bruce Cardwell, Pat O’Neil, Joel Norton, Larry Reed, Stephen Johns and Paul Pringle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Austin Speech Labs (7800 Shoal Creek Blvd 136-S, Austin, TX 78757), Riata Service Organization, or the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.