Constance “Connie” Jean Reef

September 29, 1934 ‒ April 20, 2019

Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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:

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; or The Ohio State University Vascular Surgery Education and Training (, fund #311994).

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Constance “Connie” Jean Reef.

  • Vickie and family,

    I was just thinking about your mom not but a month or so ago! I worked with her at the DHS from 1988-1992. I think of her often when I bake her infamous “pumpkin bar” recipe. It is a family favorite, and I have shared the recipe with many. Please accept my sincere sympathies with your loss. Your mom was a joy to work with and I could always count on a joke, a smile or a hug from her! She was a blessing. May you feel God’s comfort as you continue on without her physical presence.

  • Our sincere, heartfelt condolences to all of you. The world is a better place for having Connie in it. May she Rest In Peace.

    David and Mariko

  • Michelle, Vickie and Family–

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss your Mother. What a special lady!
    She fought the good fight and has won–at peace with God.
    May your memories and stories of shared time together keep her alive
    in your hearts forever.

    With love,
    Lois and Linda

  • What a lovely lady with a smile the world will miss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Michelle and Vickie,

    My sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. I hope you take great solace in the care you provided her for all these years. Any of us would be blessed to be on the receiving end of such love and compassion. I wish I could have met her. Judging by the photos above she seems like a fabulous broad.

    My love to you both,
    Jennifer Dinga

  • Sympathies and Prayers to your Families at this difficult time. Look to Our Lord and His Grace will get you through. Mrs. Saundra Reef and Family.

  • Sending you all my love and prayers as you remember the life of your beautiful mother, Connie. Thinking of all of you and praying for all that knew and loved her.

  • Through the pictures and stories, I can now see where you, Vickie and Cara get your determination and spunk. Sincere condolences.

  • So sorry for you She was a special lady. A long time since we have been in touch with you. Our prayers and friendly thought to you.
    In Christian friendship and love john and Karen Holland

  • Dick, Michelle and Vickie, so sorry to hear about your mom.
    Will be praying for all of you. Mary Curry Marti

  • How blessed you are to have had a fun and spirited mother and grandmother with such huge life force. Her 84 years are a testament to all that is good in this world. May she abide with you forever.

    With love and condolences, Lisa and Lincoln

  • Vickie and Tim,
    So sorry for your loss, words are never enough at times like these. We are Praying for peace for your family.

  • Michelle and Vickie-
    I am so sorry for your loss. Through the pictures, she seemed like such a great mother and family was so important. You guys were so good to her as she was to you. I hope you can hold on to all the memories. My sincere condolences

  • Vickie and Michelle:

    So sorry to hear about your Mom. You both have been good, caring, and loving daughters to her during her illness. You will definitely be Blessed for it.

  • Michelle and family,

    I think of your mom often as I pass the townhomes where she lived in Mount Vernon. We just saw that she passed away and are praying for all of you. I’m so sorry we missed her calling hours. She was a special lady.

    Laura Merrin Short
    Keith and Sue Merrin

  • Connie was a solid citizen and worker. She enforced Child Support Orders for the betterment of children and always had a positive attitude.

    May God Bless

    Roger Shooter