of Conway, AR
November 6, 1936 - August 2, 2022
Ella Mae Reese, 85, of Conway, Arkansas went to be with the Lord, August 2, 2022. She was born November 6, 1936 in Nashville Arkansas to Elmer and Ruthel "Bummy" Anderson Floyd. Ella was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Edwin Reese.Ella graduated from Nashville High School in 1954. She later received her Bachelor Degree, from Harding College, Magna Cum Laude and a Masters Degree from State College of Arkansas (UCA). She taught in the Arkansas Public School System for 20 years. She was appointed to the 1st Board of Directors of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts, by Governor Bill Clinton. Where she served for 8 years. She served a term on the Conway Planning Commission. She is a past Local President of Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO). She is a past Local and State President of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. She was an active member of Four Winds Church.Ella loved Her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Her Family and Her Friends. She loved Gardening, Cooking and Fresh Peaches. She also loved Her Dogs Feisty, Happy, Dusty, Sugar, Norma Jean and many others. Ella had a passion for education and always worked to lift up the voices of educators. Anyone that knew Ella knows her huge heart and that she always sought to leave the world better than she found it. We will always remember Ella with her huge smile and charitable spirit.Left to cherish her memory are her son, Chris Reese & wife, Sandy Duncan-Reese. Her Pride and Joy grandson, Trent Reese. Her step-granddaughter, Mollie Parks & husband, Jake Parks. Two great-grandchildren, Drake and Archer Parks. And a host of other Family and Friends.Visitation will be 6-8:00PM on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway, Arkansas. Funeral Service will begin at 10:00AM Friday, August 5, 2022, Roller McNutt. Burial will be at 3:00pm in Restland Memorial Park in Nashville, Arkansas.In lieu of flowers, a donation to Kappa State Education Foundation, Four Winds Church, The Lantern Theatre or The Faulkner County Humane Society.
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I’m honored to say Ella Mae and I were good friends for over eighty years. Her family and my family were close friends and neighbors in the Chapel Hill Community, where she and I were born and reared. She and Clyde were our good friends for so many years. They both were very good people.Chris and family, It was an honor to have known her, and my deepest sympathy is with you.
Ella was a wonderful teacher and a good friend. Our hearts go out to her family.Carolyn Rountree and family
Chris and family, David and I are so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed teaching with Ella.. She is the reason I was in Delta Kappa Gamma. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Praying for all the family during this time of grief. Ella was a great lady and I knew her best at Delta Kappa Gamma state and international functions. She will be missed.
To All of the Reese Family:I was so sorry to hear of Ella’s death.I got to know her at Four Winds Church through the Broken China Project……I instantly fell in love with her! Such a truly beautiful lady. Her smile lit up a room when she was there. We enjoyed recipes together. Bless all of you for your loss.
I am so sorry to hear of Ella's passing. She was such an inspiration to me and so many others. She saw qualities in me that I didn't see in myself. With her encouragement I became a state officer in Delta Kappa Gamma. She will be greatly missed!
So sorry to hear about Ella. We had classes together at Harding and went on some trips together. She was a great friend when I moved to Conway. We had a lot of fun talking about our college days. Prayers for you all.
Ella was the epitome of an elegant southern lady. I first met her many years ago when I attended an Arkansas Delta Kappa Gamma meeting and saw what a wonderful state leader she was to our organization. When I moved to Conway in 2000, I was thrilled to transfer my membership to the Conway chapter where she proved over the years to be so indispensable to that chapter and the state of Arkansas. She will be missed by so many. I know that even though I am in Texas now, I often think of what a great asset she was to DKG and what a great friend she was to me.
Dear Chris and family,My deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your beautiful mother. I regret I won't be able to attend her memorial, but I am thinking of you and sending my love. Ella touched so many lives through DKG. I'm ever grateful she touched mine.
We are so sorry about cousin Ella. I enjoyed teaching with her for many years. She was a great lady and friend.
Chris and Trent- I’m so sorry about the loss of your sweet mom. I have many fond memories of her from Delta Kappa Gamma activities. I’ll never forget her smile and how it always warmed the room! Trish Bruckner
Mrs. Reese changed countless lives for the better. She was as beautiful as she was caring. I was not one of her best students; however, she never gave up challenging me to work harder to achieve more for myself. Her kindness and servanthood will be sorely missed. Prayers for peace and comfort to her family and friends 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻
Dear Reese Family, So sorry for your loss. I knew Ella for several years. She was so dedicated to whatever she was involved in. I will miss her. Blessings to ll family members.
Chris, I am very sorry to hear of you and your families loss of Ella! Ella is one of those persons who when you were around her you just felt better! I realize that may sound strange but that’s the way she made me feel, invited, welcome, and comfortable! I remember having many school politics discussions with her in which we agreed most the time! Her smile was contagious and I am more than sure that she will be missed. I also know that she is in a much much better place!
Deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother . 🙏🏻
So sorry about your mom. She was a very sweet lady and was a very proud of mom to you.
Chris, Sandy ad Trent, your don't realize what Ella meant to us. She was so kind. I remember staying with them several times. They made us feel so welcome. They were such a wonderful couple. I remember one time we went to Eurika Springs with them. it was a great weekend. So many other times we stayed with them. It was a blessing. We loved them so much.
Reese Family, Ella was a wonderful lady always sweet and kind. I enjoyed working with her in education. Jerry Whitmore
Tent, Chris and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Miss Ella was such a treasure. Sending everyone love and peace during this time.
Chris, Sandy, Trent & all the familyI’m very sorry for your loss of Ella. I know she will be missed. God bless you.
Ella was such a sweet woman, and I always felt welcomed by her. I know she made an impact on the world through her dedication to education and her family.