1938 – 2022
Our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Barbara Joan Reeve, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022 of natural causes. Barbara was born on May 6, 1938 in Salt Lake City, UT to Jack and Dorothea Eardley. She was the eldest of four children. Barbara grew up in Salt Lake with her younger brothers Wally, Jack and Bill. She attended school in Salt Lake, graduating from Olympus High School in 1956 where she met the love of her life Rex Reeve Jr.
Rex and Barbara were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on September 4, 1959. They created a beautiful family together while living in Utah, Arizona, and South Dakota. finally settling in Springville, Utah in May 1974. Barbara has been a wonderful support to her husband throughout his career and in every Church calling he has received. Barbara loved serving alongside her husband as mission president in South Dakota and appreciated their many opportunities to explore Israel together. Barbara was a wonderful mother, she was always there to wipe away a tear, clean a wound, drive the paper road early in the morning, showing unconditional love and support for whatever her children chose to participate in. Barbara did everything she could to support each of her children in their events, and you always knew she was there when you heard her “infamous whistle!”
Spending time outdoors was another thing Barbara loved to do. Many great memories were made traveling around Utah with his four-wheeler, camping, seeing new sites and enjoying the beauty that surrounds it. Barbara also loved the times when she served in the temple and did family history for her ancestors. Her favorite part of temple service was the initiations. Barbara has had many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she has served honorably, faithfully, and always with a smile on her face and a cheerful attitude.
Barbara had great love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She did everything to support them, love them and teach them to choose the right. As her health deteriorated over the past few years, she spent countless hours lying on the couch looking at photos of each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, admiring who they had become and what they had become. they meant to her.
Barbara found a love for golf at an early age alongside her father. They spent many hours playing golf together throughout her youth, which helped her win the Jr. Miss Utah title at age 17. After a sabbatical from the sport, during her childbearing years, Barbara came back realizing she hadn’t lost a step. She was an active member of the Hobble Creek Ladies’ Golf Association for years; she participated in many tournaments and won many prizes. She was extremely proud of her three hole-in-one shots. She was known for her incredible ability to find lost golf balls by walking through brush and riverbeds during her rounds of golf. Barbara’s favorite part of golf was playing with her children and grandchildren and watching them learn to love the sport!
Barbara is survived by her children: Cory Christensen (Benji), Rex A. Reeve (Carla), Jack Reeve (Julie), Howard Reeve (Marni), Jolene Ackerman (Jeff), Laura Robinson (Michael) and Aaron Reeve (Stephanie ); as well as 29 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren (with three more on the way). She is survived by her brother Jack Eardley, her cousins, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Rex C Reeve Jr, her parents Jack Bailey and Dorothea Waller Eardley, and her brothers Wally and Bill Eardley.
A viewing is scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Springville Stake Center (245 South 600 East, Springville, Utah 84663); and Friday, February 25, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stake Center with funeral services beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Springville City Cemetery (200 West 400 South) after the service. You can find the link to virtually view the funeral service by going to www.warenski.com.
Our family is grateful for the love and support we have received from friends and family, and for the help of Springville 3rd Ward. We truly appreciate the exceptional service received from the staff at the Highland Glen Memory Care Center in Highland, UT; those of Suncrest Hospice; and our friends at Warenski Funeral Home.
Condolences can be shared with the family at www.warenski.com