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Rheta Jo Dutton Bleeker, 88, of Midland passed away Monday, March 23, 2020. Rheta was born on December 9, 1931, in Childress.

Rheta attended West Texas State University and studied elementary education. She taught second and third grade for over 30 years at Green Acres Elementary School in Dumas. Her love of education and young minds continued throughout her retirement. She volunteered at the Midland County Library and The Children’s Clinic for many years. Rheta loved serving her churches – First Street Church of Christ in Dumas and Golf Course Road Church of Christ in Midland – her community, and her family.

Rheta was preceded in death by her son, Bryan; her parents, Vestal and Velma Dutton; and her 2 brothers, James Robert and Steve.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan McKinney and husband Tim, Julie Woodard and husband Rod, and Carolyn Gesell and husband Gordon; sister-in-law, Cheryl Dutton; grandchildren, Erica Bleeker, Tolliver and Scout McKinney, Taylor (Kaysie) and Connor Gesell, Kelton Woodard and Meg (Brensen) Bains; great-grandson, Carson Gesell; and nephews, Greg Dutton, Jeff Dutton, and Tony Dutton.

Private Graveside Services for the family will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, at Caradan Cemetery in Goldthwaite. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood. Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneral home.com.

Memorials can be made to High Plains Children's Home (P.O. Box 7448 Amarillo, Texas 79114) in her memory.