Born Julia Cathleen Erwin in Solo, Mo., on Jan. 24, 1932, and left for heaven on Feb. 19, 2019, her parents were Jesse and Opal Erwin. She was the youngest of nine children.

She married Delmar “Buck” Rees and had four children. She was also married to LaMoine “Babe” Vance and Tom Mitchell, all who precede her in death.

Cathy is survived by one sister, Juanita Akeman; her children, Stephen Wayne Rees and wife, Lesia, of Crocker, Mo., Mark J Rees and wife, Sandy, of West Plains, Mo., Cathy Lee Avant and husband, Dennis ,of Rusk, Texas, and Michael Dain Rees and wife, Ronda, of West Tawakoni, Texas; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one stepdaughter, Rhonda Watkins and husband, Jeff, and their family; a special friend, Randy Cox, who was lake family.

Cathy was self employed with two successful businesses in Texas before retiring and moving back to Missouri.

She made every day special and lived it to the fullest. Her days were filled with tending her flowers and animals and watching hummingbirds. Her family was her passion and heart. Her unique personality and free spirit touched many lives and will be remembered by friends and family.


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