Elva Reese

Elva Reese, Pioneer Nursery School Teacher, of Clarks Summit, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the ripe "young" age of 93¾ in her home Tuesday morning with her daughter, Daneen, and beloved Yorkie, "Sir Lancelot," at her side.

Daughter of the late Wesley and Thelma Hall Griffiths, she was born and raised in Dickson City, Pa. She was the wife of the late Daniel E. Reese who passed away in February 1983.

Elva was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Clarks Summit, and the Primitive Methodist Church in Dickson City, Pa. She was also a member of Juanita Chapter No. 8, Order of the Eastern Star, Clarks Green.

Mrs. Reese opened the first area nursery school at the Trinity Lutheran Church in 1966 as the teacher with two classes of three and four year olds. She remained in that position until her husband Danny passed away. Her legacy remains with the countless students that she touched during her teaching career. One question that her daughter repeatedly has heard is: "Are you Mrs. Reese's daughter, the Nursery School Teacher?" Mrs. Reese's legacy will continue to live on long past her passing. After retiring, she frequented Florida, the Bahamas, Mexico and Aruba with her "Golden Girl" friends for several years until her recent illness.

A loving, caring woman who left a remarkable presence on the children she taught for 17 years, her true love was teaching children and learning from them. She lived life to the fullest and was always willing to "give it a whirl!" She was known by neighbors for riding her red lawn mower on her property and enjoyed teaching others her excellent baking and cooking skills.

Friends may pay their respects to her family at Elva's home, that she loved and took great pride in, at 536 Edella Road, Clarks Summit, Pa., on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

With sincere consideration for her love of her Yorkie "Sir Lancelot", memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

Interment will be private.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home.

To send an online condolence, please visit www.law renceeyoungfuneralhome.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 5, 2012