Sue Wright Reese

June 2, 1930August 22, 2013

Sue Reese of McGregor died the afternoon of Thursday, August 22, 2013, in Austin at the age of 83. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 A.M., August 28th at First United Methodist Church, 500 S. Madison St. McGregor under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, 1113 West Fifth Street, McGregor with Reverend Joe Chamness officiating. Entombment will follow in Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 27th from 6 to 8 P.M. at Cole Funeral Home .

Mrs. Reese was born June 22, 1930, in Brownwood, Texas, the daughter of the late Fred Duncan and Lucile (Dabney) Wright and was a 1947 graduate of Brownwood High School. She continued her education at North Texas State University, Daniel Baker College in Brownwood and received a bachelors of arts degree with a concentration in education from Mary Hardin Baylor College in 1972.

On September 20, 1950, she married Bobby Charles Reese in Brownwood and moved to McGregor in 1955 from Temple. Prior to living in Temple, she lived in Lubbock. She began her teaching career in the Midway Independent School System in 1973 as the first Kindergarten teacher in the district. In 2000, she retired after devoting twenty-seven years to the education profession.

She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of McGregor where she was a long time member of the Chancel Choir, the Homebuilders Class and later the Friendship Builders Class, the Blanche Turner Circle of the United Methodist Women and served on various committees within the church. She looked forward to the services at Westview Manor Nursing Home each week where she enjoyed singing.

Sue was an active member of the McGregor Community as a member of the Garden Club, The Red Hats, McLennan County Retired Teachers Association and the Woodway Historical Committee. In her spare time, Sue enjoyed spending time with her family, church family, her beloved dachsund, reading and gardening.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-two years, Bob Reese; three sons, Randall M. Reese and wife Kathy of Pflugerville, Stephen Gerald Reese Sr. and wife Sue, Bobby Charles Reese, Jr. and wife Karon all of Temple; two daughters, Donna Ellen Davison and husband Paul of Maryland, Susan Diane Hope and husband Jim of Houston; a brother, Duncan Wright, Jr. and wife Mary of Houston; two sisters, Jane Green and husband Cecil of Hillsboro, Adele Morgan and husband Dan of Colorado City; twelve grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.

For those desiring, the family has suggested First United Methodist Church, 500 S. Madison Street, McGregor, Texas 76657 or the Alzheimers Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001 or at their website online, for memorial contributions.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 28, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Becky (Ridling) Baird

September 3, 2013

Diane, I was so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a sweet woman. My prayers are with you and your family.

Angie Taylor Wren

August 30, 2013

Mrs.Reese was my kindergarten teacher in '81 and then I had the honor to work for her as a kindergarten aide in high school. I learned so much from her and have many fun memories. She talked often of her family and was so proud of all of them! Thank you for sharing her with so many of us.

David and Barbie (Berger) Christian

August 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Reese, Randy, Gerry, Bobby, Donna & Diane,

Please accept our sincere condolences at the loss of your dear wife and mother. Mrs. Reese was a classic -- she was a wonderful lady, full of kindness and grace. The pictures in the online photo album serve as a true testament of the beautiful family the Reeses are and McGregor is a better place because of you all. Our prayers are with you.

Hillary Meyer

August 30, 2013

Mrs. Reese was an amazing kindergarten teacher and a good friend to my grandmother. I loved being able to stay in touch with her long after leaving her classroom, and will miss her terribly.

Stephanie Kelly-Price

August 30, 2013

Mrs. Reese was a one of a kind teacher. She impacted my life and the lives of many others at such a crucial time of development, which I owe her many thanks for. She is truly a wonderful woman that will always be thought of and missed forever.

Liz Mcfall

August 30, 2013

If I never remember anything else from my childhood, Mrs. Reese is the one part of it I will never forget. She was an amazing lady with a warm heart, the best hugs and the passion for touching the hearts and minds of children. I still remember several of the songs she sang with us and have since passed those down to my daughter. It was awesome to get a morning hug from her and going to out seats after telling Petey the bird good morning. Found memories indeed of the teacher who did more than teach...she loved! (and was very much loved in return)

August 29, 2013

Our entire family loved and respected Sue Reese. Sue had that wonderful ability to make everyone feel special! Thank you for being a fabulous teacher and friend!! You made a difference!
Love, Marti and James Koch

David Hancock

August 29, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Reese family. Mrs. Reese taught me in Kindegarten and I will always remember her.

Kathy (Hamilton) Ferguson

August 29, 2013

Dear Reese family ~ in deepest sympathy for your loss. At church, your mother was one of those who made good things happen for us kids, and I appreciate the countless hours that she, your Dad, and other McGregor FUMC members gave us. Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos of your beautiful mother and your lovely family. I enjoyed the glimpse into her childhood and seeing you all again (it's been too long!) through these photos. Your mother's joyous light shines in your eyes. God bless.

Craig Williams

August 29, 2013

I got to see the Reese's through the care of their four legged friends, Gingersnap and Sweetpea. God's love was exemplified by their care and concern for these two sweet spirits that were blessed to spend time with Sue and Bob. I feel blessed to be a small part of their lives through the care of Gingersnap and Sweetpea. Sue and Bob loved them both so much, it was so evident every time they visited me for veterinary care. Also evident was the depth of Bob's love for Sue as he helped her care for the pets that she held so close to her heart. He was so loving to her, it has impacted me deeply. I pray everyday that his model helps me learn how to love deeply and fully my own wife and family as God designed for us. I am saddened for this world's loss of Sue, but joyous that the heavens are brightened by her wonderful smile and countenance. I wonder what stories her and Gingersnap have relived during their grand reunion?

Craig Williams, DVM