On Monday, August 31, Pat Reese spent her first day in heaven. She was married to her beloved husband, Don Reese, Sr. for 71 years before his passing two years ago. She was the much-loved mother of Don Reese junior, Sharon Spaulding, Rebecca Friday, and Debbie Brix. She had eleven grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Pat was born in Iowa in 1929 in the same month and year that the stock market crashed. She was a Great Depression baby, but she was always optimistic and fun-loving. She was the third of three children born to Frank and Zeolla Thone. Pat married the love of her life and had four children while still living in Iowa. In 1952, she and the family moved to California, where her husband began his career in the aerospace industry.
Pat was a stay at home mother for years, but later pursued a career of her own in finance with Litton Industries.
Pat was a talented seamstress and cook, and also liked needlework. She loved playing bingo at the Chumash Casino in Santa Inez. She enjoyed travel, adventure, RV camping, and was especially good at trout and salmon fishing.
She almost always caught the most and biggest fish. She was very active in the Elks lodge and spent years volunteering at the Kern River Valley and also Five Cities Elks Lodge.
Her family will always cherish the many memories of Pat as a good-natured, humble, kind, and loving mother and grandmother. Pat believed in Jesus and that she would live forever in heaven because of his death, burial, and resurrection.
She became especially close to Jesus the last two years of her life as she anticipated being reunited with her beloved husband.
She spent much of her time playing the organ and her favorite gospel tunes were “The old rugged cross” and “In the garden.”
She was thrilled and honored to play dinner music for the residents of Pacifica Senior Living in Oxnard.
She will be buried next to her husband, brother, and parents at a family plot in Oelwein, Iowa.