Rachel (Van) Evangeline Dees, born in Humble, Texas, on October 28, 1930, went to be with her Lord on April 16, 2017.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison.
Rachel had three sisters and three brothers. Soon after she was born, her family moved to Conroe, Texas, where Rachel grew up and attended school. She graduated from Conroe High School in 1950. After graduation, she moved to Houston and lived with one of her sisters. It was then that she met the love of her life, Thomas L. Dees. They said it was love at first sight!!! They were married on October 7, 1950. They made their home in the Houston area. Rachel was a homemaker and worked at Jacinto City Church of Christ cleaning, locking and unlocking the building for all services.
She attended ladies Bible class, taught children’s Bible classes and she loved to go listen to Blue Grass music. She was an excellent cook. Some of the family favorites were her chicken and dumplings, any flavor cream pies, apricot tarts, Christmas cut out cookies and banana pudding. Every Christmas, she would start about a month ahead of time baking and freezing cookies and fudge so we would all have plenty to take home!!!
After the love of her life for fifty-seven years passed in June 2008, she relocated to the Nacogdoches area in 2010. There she attended North Street Church of Christ. During these past seven years, she enjoyed taking family vacations with her sons and their families. In August 2016, she became a resident of the Garrison Nursing Home and was an avid bingo player and loved it when groups came to sing or preach!!!
She is survived by sons, Eddie and wife, Donna, of Crosby, Texas, Johnny and wife, Carol, of New Braunfels, Texas, and Tommy and wife, Kim, of Garrison, Texas; granddaughters, Rachel English and husband, Craig, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Stacie Davila and husband, Oscar, of Humble, Texas, Katrina Bonilla and husband, Daniel, of Houston, Texas; grandsons, Chris Dees and wife, Sydni of Garrison, Texas and Mark Dees and wife, Alexandria, of Center, Texas; great granddaughters, Juliana and Lilian Davila and great grandsons, Carter and Luke Dees, Austin, Norris and Max English; brother, Charles Outlaw and wife, Jane, of Cleveland, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.