Barbara L. Reeves

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Barbara L. Nees Reeves, age 77, of Asbury Towers, Greencastle died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at the Putnam County Hospital after a sudden medical emergency.

She was born at home on April 30, 1931 to Paul F. and L. DeMoine Herbert Nees, one mile east of Poland. She attended both Jordan and Cunot schools and graduated from Cloverdale High School in 1949. After graduation, she moved to Indianapolis and worked for American States Insurance Company for a short while. She married Herschel H. Reeves on Feb. 29, 1956 and had two children, Paul H., who was stillborn in Oct. 1957 and Cindy L. They were divorced in 1990, but remained friendly.

Mrs. Reeves had also worked for Cato's and Mallory's in Greencastle and McDonald's and Hardee's in Cloverdale. She retired from Wendy's in Greencastle in 1996 after serving as a hostess for five years. Lifetime hobbies included playing cards, fishing, working jigsaw puzzles and attending bluegrass music events.

She attended Otter Creek Regular Predestinarian Baptist Church in Lena, Amity Baptist Church in Cloverdale and Cornerstone Baptist Church in Greencastle.

Survivors include her daughter Cindy L. Little and husband Alvin of Greencastle and grandson Nathan E. Reeves of Cataract.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Irma Colleen Nees, brother Earl P. Nees, her son and ex-husband.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Whitaker Funeral Home in Cloverdale with calling from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Burial will be in Cloverdale cemetery. Family friend and Barbara's former pastor Tim Tesmer will conduct the services.

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