Mary Willis Reeder, 86, entered the gates of heaven on May 10, 2019, surrounded by her family at her home in Huntsville, Alabama.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years, Dr. James L. Reeder, as well as her sons, John Rusk Reeder and Scott Reeder (Laurie), and daughter, Taryn Warren (Mark). She also was “Grammy” to five grandchildren, Caroline Reeder Jenkins (Conner), Carter Reeder, Bryn Warren, Kara Warren, and Erin Warren whom she adored.

Mary was born January 28, 1933, in Guntersville, Alabama, to Mr. and Mrs. John Pearson Willis and had one sister, Ida Will Smith, and one brother, John Willis. She graduated as valedictorian of Guntersville High School and then graduated from Baylor University as one of the first two women with a degree in religion.

Her greatest joy in life was helping others and enriching others’ lives in any capacity she was called to serve. She was fully committed to many ministries throughout her lifetime as a missionary, as a member of First Baptist Church, the community, and in particular in establishing Our Place which is a center that provides support for adults in recovery from mental illness through socialization, peer support, and recreation. She truly lived a life that put into action the love of God for all people.

Visitation was Tuesday at First Baptist Church Sanctuary. The funeral followed at the church with Dr. Travis Collins officiating. 

The family suggests memorials to Our Place, 205 Max Luther Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35811.

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