Barbara A. Reece, 74, of Brazil, passed away December 19, 2005, at 1:15 p.m. at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
She was born November 9, 1931, in Brazil, the daughter of Claude and Cecil Butler Murphy. She graduated from Brazil High School, Class of 1950. She married Jack D. Reece on November 26, 1953. She and Jack began their family and she enjoyed being a wife and a stay at home mother. When both children were of school age, Jack encouraged her to further her education. She graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in elementary education and she began her teaching career while continuing in the master's degree studies. Her teaching career began in Vigo County initially, and then to Clay Commmunity Schools in 1965. She taught at Jackson Township, Van Buren and most of her years teaching were spent at Forest Park Elementary. She retired from teaching in 1991. Her retirement was short-lived though, before she took on the role as principal at Annunciation School in 1992. She served as principal there until 2002. She was a life-long devoted member of the Annunciation Church. She loved to travel, work in her garden and spend time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Reece of Brazil; one son and daughter-in-law, Monte and Sandy Reece; one daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Frank Kiefer, all of Brazil; grandchildren, Jessica Reece, Jarrod Reece, Jacob Reese, Jacklyn Kiefer and Steffyn Kiefer; one brother, William Murphy and wife Ramona of Brazil; two sisters Anita Cary of Brazil and Dolores Beman and husband Tom of Dearborn, MI; one brother-in-law Don Reece and wife Carmelita of Cory; several nieces, nephews and other extended family. Her parents preceded her in death.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 11 a.m at Annunciation Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetry. Visitation will be Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. at French Funeral Home with Rosary at 7 p.m. Pallbearers will be Kelly Murphy, Joe Beman, Jack Beman, Jarrod Reece, Jacob Reece and Steffyn Kiefer.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Annunciation Church, 19 N. Alabama St., Brazil, IN.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.