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REITA CROSSEN VANDER ZEE

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Posted: Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:39 pm

Reita Perryman Crossen Vander Zee, 88, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018 in San Antonio.

She was born in Corsicana, Texas to W.C. "Slick" Perryman, Sr. and Margaret Morris on Christmas Day, December 25, 1929.

She and her brothers were raised on a farm in Rural Shade, Texas.  They later moved to Trinidad where she attended Trinidad High School.

After graduating high school, she worked as a telephone operator in Tyler, Texas and then moved to Dallas and was a stewardess for Braniff Airlines.

In Dallas, she met and married Harold Samuel Crossen. They had two daughters, Carla and Carol Crossen.

She later married Rein John Vander Zee of Bandera and made her home there with her two daughters.

Reita was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, W. C. "Bill" Perryman, Jr., Tom Perryman, and Earl Jones, Jr; husbands, Harold Samuel Crossen and Rein John Vander Zee; and step-son, Rein John Vander Zee, Jr. 

She is survived by daughter Carla Crossen Barron of Bulverde, Texas, her husband Mike, and their children, Christina and Michael; daughter Carol Crossen Meyers (Vail) of Medina, Texas and her husband Bill; step-daughter, Lea Vander Zee Grisemer of Austin and husband Rian, and their daughters, Hannah and Julia; and brother, Billy Ferrell Jones, of Tullahoma, Tennessee; sister-in-law Mary Ann Perryman of Athens, and sister-in-law Billie Joyce Perryman of Tyler; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018, at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Bandera. Interment followed at the Episcopal Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Barron, Bill Meyers, Michael Barron, W. C. "Chip" Perryman III, Russ Vander Zee and Randy Evans.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to The Haven at Stone Oak and its excellent nursing staff, and to Vitas Hospice Care in San Antonio.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Reita's name to a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

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