Barbara Kemery Heer Reed(1923 - 2013)

Reed Barbara Kemery Heer Reed, 89, of Columbus, early Monday, July 29, 2013 at Riverside Methodist Hospital following a brief illness. Lifelong resident of Bexley, Berwick, and Columbus. Born November 15, 1923 in Bexley, Ohio. Beloved daughter of William C. and Hilda Kemery Heer. Married October 18, 1951 to Edward D. Reed. Survived by cherished daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn B. Reed and Kevin H. Walsh, Holly E. Reed, and Rebecca H. and Mark S. Liefeld, all of Columbus; precious grandchildren, Cynthia R., Adrienne R., and Christian R. Liefeld; beloved family including Dr. John F. Lewis, Charles S. and Bunny Hyatt, Fred M. and Barbara Mann, Nancy Mann, Virginia Ebinger; brother-in-law, Don Detmer; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a multitude of treasured relatives and friends. Preceded in death by husband Edward, 1984, infant daughter Cynthia Ann, 1962, parents William C., 1923 and Hilda Kemery Heer, 1986, brother and sister-in-law William C., 2008 and Barbara M. Heer, 2011, step-father Frederick Herbst Sr., 1978, step-brothers Fritz Herbst, Bob Herbst, step-sister Margie Herbst Anderson, niece Diane Herbst, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Helen Reed Lambert and Maurice Lambert, sister-in-law Bette Reed Detmer, and cousins Robert Ebinger, Jane Ebinger Bennett, Walter F. Heer, Jr., Richard Heer, James C. Lewis II, and Richard S. Mann. Member of First Congregational Church since 1933. Graduate of Bexley High School (1941) and The Ohio State University (1945). Lifelong avid Buckeye fan. She was a member of and valued the friendships she made through Kappa Kappa Gamma women's fraternity, the Junior League of Columbus (Sustainer Emeritus), Twig 99 of Nationwide Children's Hospital (charter member), Pleasure Guild, Childhood League Assisting Board I, Franklin Park Conservatory Women's Sustaining Board, Bexley Alumni Association, OSU Alumni Association, Berwick neighbors, First Congregational Card Care Ministry, and her beloved Bexley High Girls and Berwick Bridge Club. Her varied and fulfilling careers included loving wife, mother, and grandmother; devoted advocate for her daughter Holly; Library of Congress certified Braille transcriber; Braille instructor; Trans World Airlines gate clerk; Franklin County Juvenile Court probation officer; PTA/Camp Fire/carpool mom; Johnson Park Junior High School bus driver; 30-year employee of Scioto Downs Race Track; but her favorite role was "Ba," caring for her adored and greatly-loved grandchildren, the lights of her life. Her hobbies included bridge, sending letters and notes to family and friends, selling Social Capers calendars to benefit Children's Hospital, sending her annual Christmas letter (during any month of the year), growing tomatoes, watching sports of all kinds, and recycling. She enjoyed mystery novels, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and attending her grandchildren's Bexley music and sports events. With a warm smile for everyone she met, she was cheerful, kind, thoughtful, and generous. She loved the dear friends she made throughout her life, including her husband's, daughters', and grandchildren's friends. Being with family and friends was her passion. She loved life and made everyone she met feel special. She'll be greatly missed by many. Special thanks to the caring team at the Riverside Methodist Hospital 7 North Oncology and Palliative Care unit. Family and friends may call Friday, August 2 from 3-8 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 E. State St., 43215. On Saturday, August 3, friends are welcome to join the family for a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio (please meet at the main gate before 2:30 p.m.). At 4 p.m. we will celebrate Barbara's life at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215, The Rev. Timothy Ahrens officiating. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church or a charity of the giver's choice. In remembrance of her, do a good deed, share a smile, write a note or call a friend to say you care. www.schoedinger.com.


Funeral Home

Schoedinger Funeral Home Midtown Chapel
229 East State Street Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 224-6105
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2013