Georgia Reeve

16 enero , 192818 septiembre , 2020

On September 18, 2020, Georgia Reeve, loving wife and mother of four passed away at the age of 92. Georgia was born on January 16, 1928, in Erick, Oklahoma, in the heart of what was then the Dust Bowl. The only child of Lucille and George Smith, Georgia grew up mostly in Littlefield, Texas, with her mother, grandmother and aunt. She attended Texas Women’s University and graduated with a degree in journalism. She worked in several local newspaper offices and soon married her first husband, Bill Berhman. Georgia and Bill had a son, Barry, in 1952. Bill passed in 1953 after contracting polio. In 1957 Georgia met Francis Wells “Ranny” Reeve Jr. thanks to the intervention of mutual friends, Laverne and LD Clark. They were married that same year and Georgia, Ranny, and Barry made the long trip back to Ranny’s home state of New York. They settled in Fort Salonga on Long Island where they raised three daughters. Sadly, Barry passed away in 1965. Georgia and Ranny brought different ideas to the community of Fort Salonga, taking part in protests and marches for civil rights and sharing their passion for the arts, particularly the music of jazz. Georgia welcomed anyone interested in the music that was so important to the family into her home, and was the organizing force behind Ranny’s music teaching business (including many piano recitals) and the “Jazz in the Living Room” jam sessions that happened most Friday nights. When her daughters were of high school age Georgia began a part time job at the local Methodist church. She continued as a church secretary until she retired at the age of 62. Georgia never pretended to be anything that she was not; she was truthful and without pretense. She loved to read, mostly novels with great characters and acceptable plots. Her most used sayings were “judge not least ye be judged” and “I think thou dost protest too much.” A lifelong liberal democrat, she accepted people on their own terms. Georgia was proud (but never boastful) of her daughters and their families. Visits and hugs from her grandchildren were her favorite things. Georgia was preceded in death by Ranny and is survived by her daughters, Ann (Scott), Molly (Morrison) and Cathy (Schmitz) and five grandchildren: Nathanael, Nelson, Julia, Robyn, and Tomas. No formal service will be held for Georgia during the pandemic. When the time is right, her remains will join those of Ranny and Barry in East Northport, New York.

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Sue Dremann

11 noviembre , 2020

Ann, Molly and Cathy,
I have such fond memories of your mom and dad and times when we came to your house for barbecues.

Your mom was a salt-of-the-earth person with a warm heart and always such positive energy. In some ways she was my model of a strong person who survived — and thrived — despite life’s adversities. What a bright spirit she was!

Wishing you all peace.

Sue Dremann ( Mazzarella)

Ronald Smith

6 octubre , 2020

It would take much more then 2,000 words to say how much, I and all my friends loved Georgia, and her whole family! Tom Colabella and I played with her husband Ranny at many concerts in New York City, and in their living room. Tom on drums and myself on bass and tuba. Georgia was the glue that held the family together! I didn't realize till now she was born in Oklahoma, as was my mother! There was that Oklahoma, and Texas warmth in all Georgia did. Tom today reminded me of the chilie she would make! Another reminder of Oklahoma. Ranny was handsome, and Georgia was beautiful, and her daughters picked up all those qualities! In todays climate we need more Georgia Reeves to move us ahead in life. I knew she guided Ranny and I believe wrote all the program notes for his concerts. We can all learn a lot from evolved, well educated women like Georgia! They are apart of the new normal! Georgia was ahead of her time, and had a zest for life that sparked each event! I will miss her greatly. Now in Heaven she an Ranny are I am sure planning some Jazz in Heaven concerts, and of course they will feature both Duke Ellington's Take the A Train, and Lullabies to his grand children! Georgia epitomized the expression joie de vivre, I can already hear her laughter, as she says to Ranny "Im home"!

Candi Olsen Yatsinko

20 septiembre , 2020

So beautifully said! Your Mom and Dad were truly special people. I sure did try their patience growing up down the street. We moved to Fort Salonga sometime in the 70's and not too long after became friends with Cathy, and we are still forever friends today
My heart is sadden for you all, your memories are now your keepsakes. Your parents are reunited in the kingdom of PEACE.
Love & Thoughts are with you all.💜💜
Candi, Vinnie, Nick & Doug


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