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Janice Reese

September 3, 1931 - September 5, 2015

Burial Date January 1, 1970

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Janice Ruth Smith Reese of Lima passed away peacefully on September 5, 2015 at Lima Memorial Hospital, aged 84, after a brief illness and surrounded by loving family. She had just celebrated her 84th birthday. She was born to Joseph W. & Ruth L. Thomas Smith both deceased on September 3, 1931 in Mt. Vernon, OH. The family moved often as work was available and Janice attended many different schools in Ohio, returning to Vaughnsville, where she lettered in cheerleading 4 years, and earned a scholarship letter. She played clarinet in the Viking band, sang alto in Girls and Mixed Chorus, participated in her junior and senior class plays, played basketball and softball, and graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1949.
She married classmate Robert Russell Reese deceased November 26, 1949 in Harrod, OH, Rev. Willard Thomas officiating. She is the mother of Douglas Warren Mary Ann Hoffman Reese of Beavercreek, OH, and Gary Robert Shannon Boyle Reese of Bluffton. Her grandchildren are Amanda Steve Crockett, Chicago, IL, with great-grandson Samuel Crockett, Abby Reese, Boulder, CO, Stacy Reese, Chicago, IL, and Andrew Reese deceased.
Janice attended BGSU and graduated from Northwestern Business College, worked as a bookkeeper for Reese Soil Service 10 plus years, secretary at Sylvania/Phillips ECG, where she was promoted to manager of shipping and receiving before retiring after 25 years of service. Over the years she was very actively involved in each of the three churches she attended; Vaughnsville UMC, Shalom Fellowship, and Cable Road Alliance Church. She, along with her dear friend Martha Brock, taught Good News Club at Perry Elementary for 10 years, and mentored many ladies both formally and informally. Upon her retirement from Phillips, she served 20 years on the board of Lima Aglow, was a persistent woman of prayer, being a committed follower of Christ her Savior.
She enjoyed boating, water skiing, camping, picnicking, choir, travel, reading, cooking with her grandson, and watching her granddaughters play sports. She lived in Vaughnsville, Columbus, Harrod, and Lima.
Janice is survived by her brother Thomas Patsy Smith of Pickerington, OH, and Marilyn Bill, deceased Syfert now of Covington, KY, with many loved nephews, nieces, and greats.
A Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 19, at her home church for 25 years, Cable Road Christian & Missionary Alliance, 2264 N. Cable Rd, Lima, OH 45807. Visitation is from 10:00 am –noon, with the service starting immediately afterwards. Her ashes will be buried next to her grandson Andrew in the Ottawa River Cemetery after the meal following the the service.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be given to Lima Aglow International.


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