JERRY LEE REECE, 74, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at her home. Born Dec. 31, 1939, in Ponca City, Okla., she was a daughter of the late Guy and Opal Malone. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Jerry had been a constant source of comfort and encouragement to all who were blessed to know her. She courageously fought breast cancer thirty plus years. Jerry's fun loving spirit and her zest for life cannot be surpassed. She continued doing everything she enjoyed even during her numerous rounds of radiation and chemo therapy. "Quit" was not in her vocabulary. In things that mattered, she made certain they happened. One week prior to her passing, Jerry was looking out for others, and putting their needs and desires above her own. Some questioned her drive and her determination because of her weakened and frail condition, to which Jerry replied "I will not quit living until I stop breathing. Life is too short not to give it all I have." A special thanks and gratitude go to Dr. Stephen Rhinehart who had been Jerry's oncologist for 32 years. Without his professional medical knowledge and the implementation of that knowledge into Jerry's treatment, she would not have had the quality of life she lived. Also respect and thanks belong to the Fort Wayne Oncology staff. Jerry loved being a homemaker to her husband of 55 years, Cecil, and caring for their daughters, Tam and Kim. As her family matured, Jerry found other families to serve. She became a C.N.A. at Covington Manor Nursing Home in 1987. The residents and staff were beneficiaries of Jerry's excellent devotion and care. She treated them as she wanted to be treated, retiring in 2002. Much of Jerry's latter years were filled with being 'mammaw' and 'granny' to Myron Daniel and Glen Michael. They were a great source of pride and joy to her through their generosity of choosing to spend their free time through their academic and career accomplishments and most of all through their obvious total love and concern for their mammaw and granny. Surviving are her husband, Cecil Reece; daughters, Tamera (Craig) Bosselman and Kimberly (Myron) Bowers; sisters, Bobbie Cain and Betty McKnight; grandsons, Myron Daniel and Glen Michael Bowers; sisters-in-law, Hester Frost, Judy Reece-Powers, Alberta Hale, and Callie Hayes; and brother-in-law, Bud Reece. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Glynn and Dr. Michael Malone. Service is 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covingotn Road, with calling 2 to 4 p.m. Entombment in Covington Memorial Gardens. Preferred memorials to
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2014