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 Rita Joan <I>Crocker</I> Clements

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Rita Joan Crocker Clements

  • Birth 30 Oct 1931 Newton, Harvey County, Kansas, USA
  • Death unknown
  • Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
  • Plot * Still Living
  • Memorial ID 110212724

First Lady of Texas during the two non-consecutive terms of the late Governor Bill Clements from Jan. 16, 1979-Jan. 18, 1983 and again from Jan. 20, 1987-Jan. 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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  • Created by: Packers Fan
  • Added: 8 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110212724
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rita Joan Crocker Clements (30 Oct 1931–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110212724, citing Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Packers Fan (contributor 47311047) .