Rhetta Mae McMaster Parham
1931 - 2016
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Rhetta Mae McMaster Parham passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016. She was born April 3, 1931 in Abernathy, Texas. Her viewing was held at Klein Funeral Home, 16131 Champions Forest Dr, Spring, TX, Thursday, August 11, 2016, from 5:00-8:00 pm and service was held at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Houston, TX on Friday, August 12, 2016, at 3:00 pm.

She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1952 and was an active participant in many student organizations including Varsity Show and Who's Who on campus. Rhetta was head cheerleader, Sophomore Favorite, Hodge Podge Queen, Miss Texas Tech, and president of Tri Delta (formerly DFD) Sorority. A physical education major, she went on to teach school in Portales, NM, Denver, CO, and Midland, TX. She was also a secretary for Seaboard Oil Co. in Midland where she met her husband, Van, of 55 years. She served as Ways and Means Chair of the PTA Elementary board in Metairie, LA and a member of TriDelta alumnae in Louisiana and Texas. Rhetta was a 40+ year member of the Grey Ladies and enjoyed many years of HTLA tennis teams. She was a 41-year member of St. Dunstan's church where she was a member of Martha Guild, Altar Guild, Street of Shoppes, Bible Study, and served as President of Daughters of the King and Episcopal Church Women for many years.

Rhetta is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Lona McMaster, her husband, Van and son, Mark.

She is survived by three sons, Van E. Parham, Jr. and wife Renae, Shawn W. Parham, and Patrick M. Parham. She has five grandsons - Shawn, Jr. and wife Betsy, Trey (Van III) and wife Hayley, Brandon, Bryce and Trevor Parham and one great granddaughter, Paige. Also, survivors are her two brothers Foy McMaster and wife Mary, and Gene McMaster and many nephews, nieces, great nephews/nieces, great-great nephew/nieces.

Her family and friends will truly miss Rhetta's contagious smile and love of life.

Donations can be made to American Cancer Society.

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Published in Cypress Creek from Aug. 9 to Aug. 22, 2016.
03:00 PM
St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
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August 22, 2016
Our thoughts are with you Van, on the loss of your mom. Thinking of you and your family
Lilia Palmer
August 20, 2016
My deepest condolences. Please take comfort in knowing that you can pray to God in this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
August 14, 2016
One of the truly great Texas ladies. I was so blessed to have known her and enjoyed sharing our lives each week at "Grey Ladies". She will be sorely missed. When I get to heaven I know she will be standing at the gate saying, "come right on in this house" followed by a hug, as she did so many times on this earth.
Betty Bradley
August 13, 2016
Van sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. Bonnie Schray
August 13, 2016
Van - so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. There's nothing like a mom's love. She was the first woman in your life who loved you more than anything in this world!! My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this trying time. Much love to you and your family.

Joyce Brau
Joyce Brau
August 11, 2016
You have my condolences and my prayers go out to the family.s.connor concord nc
stephanie connor
August 11, 2016
I am grateful to have known Mrs. Parham since ~1980. I used to spend so much time hanging around with Pat at the house until she was like a second mom. Oh what memories! She was so full of life and fun to be around. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers go out to the greater Parham family.
John McClure
August 11, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Parham Family. With Deepest Sympathy!
Kim Sutton
August 8, 2016
We are sorry for your loss.
Marianne and John Balsamo
August 8, 2016
Mrs. Parham was such a sweet and thoughtful person she will be missed by many! We are blessed to have known her for 32 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Partrick, Shawn, and our dear friends Van and Renae. Love you all. Rick, Jan, and Aly Feaster.
Jan Feaster
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