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A resident of the Ava area for most of her life Reta Thelma Hampton, the daughter of Diamond Levy Brake and Parthena Gladys (Hill) Brake, was born Dec. 5, 1916, in Silver City, Iowa, and departed this life Feb. 17, 2006 in Ava, at the age of 89.
Reta was a resident of the Ava area for most of her life. On Feb. 1, 1935 Reta and Leonard Hampton were united in marriage in Ava, and to this union two daughters were born. Reta was a housewife, worked in mobile home sales in California and also worked in a box factory in Davenport, Iowa. She was a Christian and was baptized at the age of 8 years old. She enjoyed embroidering quilts, cooking, and sitting on the front porch visiting with family and friends. She loved her family dearly.
Reta was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Reva Epps and Sylvia Smith; two brothers, Russell Brake and Ruze Brake; and her husband, Leonard.
She is survived by two daugh-ters and their spouses, Sybil and Marvin Fleetwood, and Shirley and David “Bob” Fleetwood, all of Ava; six grandchildren and their spouses, Dennis Turner and Linda, Ava, Brenda McClure and David, Morrison, Okla., Teresa and Harvey Quick, Niangua, Shalana and Stephen Frisby, Independence, Angela and Burt Williams, Corona, Calif., and Dallas Fleetwood, Springfield; 10 great-grandchil-dren, Madelyn Fleetwood, Amy Groll, Shane Turner, Shelly Galla-way, Dusty McClure, Michael Rains, Hannah, Ella, Abigail and Sammie Williams; four great-great-grandchildren, Audrey, Delia, Dylan and Kaitlyn; three sisters, Norma Cassady, Walcott, Iowa, Edith Harrison Parris, Davenport, Iowa, Ruby Richardson, Harworth, Okla.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Clinking-beard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Revs. Tom Johnson and Larry Vinson officiating. Interment fol-lowed in the Goodhope Cemetery.