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Robert Rees (b. 15 May 1924, d. 12 Aug 2000)Robert Rees (son of John Leonard Rees and Margaret P. Egan) was born 15 May 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri, and died 12 Aug 2000 in Sutter Hospital, Sacramento, California.
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Coming from a family that was fairly strick and didn't speak of issues such as sex, Bob was troubled as a youth.According to Shirley, he was born with both male and female sex organs.With a dominance toward feminine tendancys, Bob felt like a girl trapped in a boy's body.
In 1932 he had an embilical hernia repaired.
Also in 1932 he had surgery for right radical masthoidectomy.
In 1928 at the young age of 14, Bob ran away from home, never to return.
In 1940 he had an appendectomy, followed by lumbar pain.
Once Bob was old enough, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1941and quickly found out it wasn't what he wanted.He jumped ship and for some reason was given an honorable discharge in 1942, where he later joined the Army and was the first U.S. infantry man to jump out of a plane in a parachutet.He was also noted for raising the American flag in Normandy.Following the war, Bob had injuries, which included shrapnal to the head, doing severe damage.Bob received two bronze stars, one purple heart, and a the medal of honor.
In 1945 Bob suffered injuries ot the right side of the head while in Europe, serving as a combat nurse with the U.S. Army.Side effects included loss of hearing to the right ear, loss of sight to the right eye and total paralysis to the right side of the face and scalp.The injury involved the right fifth, seventh, and nineth cranial nervers affecting touch, taste, and motion.
In 1946 Bob underwent neuro-surgery twic with transplant of nerve section from the right lateral knee.
In 1950 he received nuero-surgery for trigeminal rizatomy.
In 1958 Bob had neuro-surgery on the right temperal lobe for carcinoma (cancer).
Bob persued a troubling childhood problem, that of wanting to be a girl but living as a man.He applied for the sex change in Holland and had to live as a girl for one year before they would perform the surgery.In 1958 he did and hence had the operation to make him a girl.It was successful and he re-entered life as Tamera Rees, later to marry Bob Stevenson.
The plastic surgeon (first of it's kind) worked on Tamera's face.During the operation, a nurse accidently poured alchohol on the open skin on the face and severely ruined the facial tissue.This forced her to go through several skin graphs in order to try and restore the skin to the cheeks and nose.
They lived most of their life in Youngstown Ohio, buying property little at a time.Starting in 1975 they owned 4 small homes.Buy 1995 they owned 32 homes.
Bob Stevens, died in 1997.He was extremely controlling during their marriage and therefore Tamera was not as sad as was expected.None of the family knew the extent of his controlling ways.Shortly after his death, she made a couple trips to California, which never occured before, to visit his sister "Shirley" at Christmas time.After the visit, she decided to sell all her property and move to California.At first she was going to buy a house in Martinez California, but having second thoughts, decided to buy a home just outside Sacramento in Elk Grove.She moved to the house in April of 1998, along with Bruces unadopted brother Roger Manow.After Bob's death, Roger took care of all her needs around the home.
Tam fell at home in early 2000, fracturing her hip.After going through surgery and a short stay at a therapy home, she returned home, gradually with increased pain in the hip and back.Unknown to anyone but Tam and Roger, Tam had developed cancer in the brain, lungs, and liver.She had gone into emergency numerous times, waiting over 7 to 9 hours before being seen.Sometimes she would just give up at the pain and go home miserable.Finally the pain got so severe, Tam was hospitalized with morphine shots to control the pain.She returned home very briefly, getting worse by the day and not eating.Finally Roger had her taken to emergency by ambulance and there she stayed until she died at 4:15am on Saturday, August 12, 2000.
Tam left all her property in a trust, with Jack Marks (Nephew) as the executor to manager the disbursement of her property, primarily between her adopted son Bruce, and her sister Shirley Taylor.Her wishes we to be cremated and her ashes thrown over areas of Europe where she defended the U.S. during WWII.
More About Robert Rees:
Burial: Unknown, Cremated (Adopted son Bruce Manow took ashes to Europe).
Surgery: 1958, Changed sex from male to female.