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Virginia Reese

Virginia Reese, daughter of Harold and Ines (Emery) Welton, was born on February 2, 1931 at Buckhart, Missouri. She departed this life at the age of 79 on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, surrounded by her four loving children.

Virginia attended schools in Missouri and California, graduating from the eighth grade in Yolo County, California. Virginia encouraged hard work and education to her six children and many grandchildren.

Virginia married Marlin Reese on February 14, 1948 and they began their 58 years of love and devotion to each other. Virginia and Marlin raised six children on their farm near Topaz, Missouri. She was a constant companion and helpmate to her husband and a wonderful mother to her children. She was a member of the Church of Christ and loving follower of the Lord. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Virginia was a determined, straightforward person who taught her children respect for themselves and for others and to never say “I can’t.” She believed in self-reliance and strength of character. She was a master quilter and gardener who canned hundreds of quarts of vegetables each summer for her family. Virginia enjoyed farming the land she and Marlin loved.

Virginia is survived by her children, Marlin Kieth Reese, Ronald Max Reese and wife Eloise, Dwight Reese and wife Valerie, and Susan Annette Mason and husband Tom; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six brothers and sisters, Kenneth, Floyd and Jerry Welton, Lois Rodgers, Carol Clinton and Marilyn Byerley; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin; two children, Danny Lee and Teddy Lane; and her parents, Harold and Ines Welton.

Services were at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the funeral home with Evangelist Ron Alexander officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons Brian, Jamie, Michael, Douglas, Chris, Kyle, Jacob, Jared and Joshua Reese. Virginia was laid to rest beside her devoted husband, Marlin, at Penner Cemetery in Douglas County.

Services were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at

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