REEVES, Rena (Johnson)|
Rena Johnson Reeves was born October 19, 1920 in Elba, Alabama. She passed away on March 17, 2014.
Rena will be remembered for her strength, faith and devotion to her family. She will be missed greatly.
Rena married her high-school sweetheart, Jim Reeves and they started their adventure together in Elba, Alabama. Rena and Jim spent many years serving the United States Army where he became a lieutenant colonel, and traveled with their family to Germany, Okinawa and many places in the United States. It was the early 1960s when they settled in South Austin and stayed. Rena and Jim became members of Woodlawn Baptist Church where they developed life-long friendships.
Rena was preceded in death by her husband, Jim in 2004, and her four children, Rhonda, the twins, Jimmy and Johnny, and her loving daughter Pat. It was her family and faith that gave her the strength to face the many hardships in life.
Rena will be missed by many family and friends. She loved working in her garden and added oil painting as one of her favorite hobbies. Many family members now proudly hang the artwork as a tribute to her and Jim. After cheering the University of Alabama during the Bear Bryant days, Rena and Jim transferred their loyalty to the University of Texas where they cheered the Longhorns in every sport. She was the matriarch of the family teaching her grandchildren many things including the art of a deal, gardening, making chicken and dumplings and how to be loving and faithful people.
She is survived by her devoted grandchildren, grandson Jeff Walker and his wife, Tina, her most special boy and favorite artist, great-grandson, Matthew Walker, her granddaughter Julie Symons and, her husband Chris, her niece Nancy Harris, and husband Buddy, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Renaissance Assisted Living, Park Bend Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the staff of Senior Minded Homecare and the wonderful staff at Hospice Austin, especially Colleen Flaherty for their care.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation to be held on Thursday, March 20 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas. A memorial service followed by a graveside service will be held on Friday, March 21 at 3:30 PM also at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Austin in honor and memory of Rena Reeves.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2014