Orville “Dee” Griggs Rees age 80 of Galveston passed away Sunday, September 6, 2009 at her residence in Galveston. Funeral services are 10:00am Friday, September 11, 2009 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home with Reverend Dr. Ray Meador officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Dee was born September 22, 1928 in Newton, Texas and was the middle child of seven. Oddee, as she was known by siblings and other family, attended school in the one room school house donated and built by her grandfather in Springtown, Texas. She moved to Galveston at the age of 17 where she resided for the remainder of her life. In 1988, after retiring from American Bureau of Shipping, she devoted the next 20 years of her life as a senior volunteer for the Shriners Burn Institute Auxiliary, and served as president for the year 1992 – 1993. Nothing gave Dee greater pleasure than lending a helping hand to needy children, at the Shriners Hospital in Galveston. A lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Galveston, Dee is now at reward with her savior in Heaven.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin A. Griggs Sr. and Claudia Owens Griggs, as well as two older brothers, Benjamin Griggs, Jr and Joseph Griggs.
Survivors include her loving husband of 63 years, Myron R. “Buster” Rees of Galveston, daughters Suzie Rees Lyons & Myra Rees Blasi, son Rick Rees; grandchildren William Blake Lyons, Jason Joseph Blasi, and Katlyn Lilly Rees; sisters Imogene Griffin, Sybil Whitehead and Frances Rice, a brother David Griggs, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to help in the hurricane recovery of Shiners Burn Hospital in Galveston.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.CarnesBrothers.com/contactus. Please include the Rees name.