Constance “Connie” Jean Reef
September 29, 1934 ‒ April 20, 2019
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio
Constance “Connie” Jean Reef passed away on Saturday, April 20th, 2019, after a long battle with vascular disease. She was 84 years old, and was born and spent much of her life in Mount Vernon.
She lived in Reynoldsburg for the last 15 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Serle & Marie McPeek, brothers Bob, Ralph, Jim, Richard, and sister Theta. Connie is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Richard L. and Regina Fox of Mount Vernon and their 5 children and families, daughter & son-in-law Michelle Fox and Michael Jarrett of Gahanna and their 2 children and families, daughter & son-in-law Vickie Reef and Tim Bayes, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Connie was a lifetime member of First Christian Church in Mount Vernon. She loved music, and had a pipe organ and piano at home in her younger years. She also sang in a trio at church. She worked for several years as a cashier at Big Bear, and both the middle and high schools as a monitor. She then retired after 22 years from Knox County Department of Human Services, spending the last several years as a Child Support Enforcement Investigator. She loved her job and was very successful at working for the kids.
Connie was very active until her severe arthritis and vascular disease prevented it. She played basketball in high school, then golf, bowling, and softball as an adult. She was a competitor in work, sports, and life, which helped her fight her disease for so many years. Even with all of her health issues, she never once complained, and her faith made her strong.
The family would like to thank several doctors in Columbus for their loving care of Connie the past several years: Dr. Philip Ghally, Dr. James Smith, Dr. Debbra DeBaets, Dr. Barry George, Dr. Donna Parsley, Dr. Robin Newburn.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, April 25th, 6-8 pm at Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, 201 Newark Road. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 26th, 11 am with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating. Burial will follow at Bell Church Cemetery in Utica.
To send the family a condolence online visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
The family invites anyone who is able to join them for lunch at Watts Restaurant in Utica, one of Connie’s favorites.
For anyone interested in making a donation in Connie’s name, those can be made to either Cat Welfare (741 Wetmore Road Columbus, OH 43214 or online http://www.catwelfareassoc.org/donate); or The Ohio State University Vascular Surgery Education and Training (www.giveto.osu.edu, fund #311994).
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Constance “Connie” Jean Reef.