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Rita Joan Crocker Clements
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Birth: Oct. 30, 1931
Newton
Harvey County
Kansas, USA
Death: unknown

First Lady of Texas during the two non-consecutive terms of the late Governor Bill Clements from January 16, 1979-January 18, 1983 and again from January 20, 1987-January 15, 1991. Born in Newton, Kansas to the parents of Mason and Florabel Crocker, the family moved to Mason, Texas in 1941. She began school in Newton, Kansas and then attended school in Texas after her father had sold the ranch in Kansas and bought a new ranch in Texas. Her father had served as the Republican county chairman in McCulloch County for an undetermined time that included 1963. She graduated from Hockaday School in Dallas in 1949 and furthered her education at Wellesley College but transferred to the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Spanish and minoring in Government and History-later graduating in 1953. In 1952, Rita married Richard Daniel Bass of Fort Worth, Texas at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church of Brady. They would have four children: two sons and twin daughters, but this first marriage would later end in divorce in 1974. By 1975, Rita would find love again with William P. Clements, Jr., who at the time was serving as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense under the Nixon and Ford administrations.

Mrs. Clements is residing in Dallas. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Bill Clements (1917 - 2011)
 
Burial:
Grove Hill Memorial Park
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: * Still Living
 
Created by: Packers Fan
Record added: May 08, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110212724
Rita Joan <i>Crocker</i> Clements
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Rita Joan <i>Crocker</i> Clements
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Rita Joan <i>Crocker</i> Clements
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