We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Oak Park Hills Chapel
We share with great sorrow that Percella May Reese passed away on June 3 2022.
Percella was born on December 5, 1927, in Oklahoma. The first daughter of Percy J and Ella Marie Hannum. Percella grew up in Illinois and graduated from high school in 1945. She earned her B.A. in 1948, in Sociology and Biology minor in Spanish, from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois.
She met Andrew Reese while at college and they were married in September 1949. They lived in Michigan then moved to California in 1952 and settled in Walnut Creek California in 1963. Their family grew to include three children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren and a large loving extended family.
Percella was the oldest of nine children and upon marriage to Andy, who was the youngest son in a family of nine children. Including the in-laws they had a total of 35 siblings between them.
She was a proud and energetic home maker but wanted additional challenge so became a floating teacher in Oakland School District. She then started her own business as an Office Aide in Walnut Creek for small business clients. She enjoyed climbing, crossword puzzles, reading and gardening. She was always curious and stimulated by learning, she attended Diablo Valley College up until age 84. She was pruning in her garden when she fell and suffered a traumatic brain injury from the ‘Percella vs Pear Tree’ incident in 2009; that put a stop to her tree climbing activities but not her love of climbing.
Percella was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, and parishioner. She was a talented gardener, seamstress and avid learner. Her children and grandchildren were the greatest joys in her life.
She was dearly loved and treasured by her parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will miss her sweet smile, grace, elegance, quiet strength, laughter and love. Our lives are forever blessed by the time we had with her.
A poem by her nephew J Paul Hannum:
It has been a long time since she has held her daughter and Husband and know she gets to again with her protector.
Sad for family but happy for Percella.
No more pain just overwhelming love.
Do you think Dad will try to tip her head back and see if her eyes close like Lois’s did when they were younger.
Maybe Grandpa will have a smile and a hug for his daughter for the first time in a long time for her.
She can give her Daughter, Granddaughter and Grandson a Kiss hello for the first time in forever it seems.
And all of this done with an amazingly beautiful voice that God has been waiting to free out of her when she finally came home.
Love for her kind spirit and gentle voice will be missed by all that got to enjoy her presence here.
A private burial service will be held June 13, 2022 at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California.
A memorial service and reception will take place at NorthCreek Church in Walnut Creek, CA at a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Percella’s name to Hope Hospice http://hopehospice.com/donate/
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