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 Reta Louise <I>Wisdom</I> Alston

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Reta Louise Wisdom Alston

  • Birth 23 Jan 1902 Arkansas, USA
  • Death 3 Sep 2008 Caro, Tuscola County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot 7-564-5
  • Memorial ID 99195371


Reta Alston

Reta Louise Alston, 106, of Cass City, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 in Tuscola County Medical Care Facility, Caro.

She was born Jan. 23, 1902 in Lone Elm, AR, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Elba Alice (Shaver) Wisdom.

She married Dewey Curtis Alston Dec. 21, 1919 in Lone Elm, AR. He died Aug. 24, 1979.

Reta worked at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, retiring after over 20 years. She ran a boarding house in Arkansas and picked cotton in her younger years. Reta loved to garden, can fruits and vegetables and to crochet, making many beautiful afghans. She was an extraordinary, caring, loving person, always smiling. She had many stories to tell about growing up in Arkansas with her big family. She loved to walk and was always looking to be helpful and productive. Reta was the matriarch of her family, who she loved and cared for throughout her whole life.

Reta is survived by her grandchildren Janna (Dave) Otto, Ed Fleming, Tammy (Scott Schimmelmann) Lawrence, Sandy (Don) Bitner, Debbie Beckham, Carolyn Lawrence; 13 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by all 4 of her children: Patsy Lawrence, DC (Dewey Curtis) Alston, Zella Mae Alston, and Imogene Fleming; a grandson, Jeffrey David Fleming; and all 18 of her brothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, at Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, with Debra I. Kranz, Funeral Service Celebrant, officiating.

Interment will be in the Novesta Township Cemetery, Cass City.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements were made by Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City.

(Cass City Chronicle, Sept. 10, 2008, p. 16.)



JAN. 23, 1902
SEPT. 3, 2008

MAR. 5, 1922
JAN. 1, 2008





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  • Originally Created by: Al Cross
  • Added: 19 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99195371
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Reta Louise Wisdom Alston (23 Jan 1902–3 Sep 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99195371, citing Novesta Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Joann Geybels (contributor 46986938) .