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Maude Wilson Reese

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Maude W. Reese, 84, of Raleigh, died May 15, 2018 at the Transition Lifecare Hospice in Raleigh. Mrs. Reese was born in Reese, NC during the “Great Depression”. She graduated from Bethel High School in 1952 and entered Appalachian College where she graduated in three years with a teaching degree. Her first teaching assignment was in Harrisburg in Cabarrus County in 1955 where she taught for three years. In June of 1958, she married Clint Reese and they moved to Tryon, NC. She was employed by the Polk County School system and taught ninth and tenth grades for two years in Saluda. In 1960, Clint and Maude moved to Lexington, KY. She was employed by the Fayette County School system and taught fifth grade for three years at Mary Todd School in Lexington.

In 1964, Clint and Maude moved to Cary. Mrs. Reese stayed out of teaching for two years and started teaching seventh grade at Cary Middle School in 1966. In 1970, she became an assistant principal. In 1974, she became principal of Cary Elementary School system and remained until 1988, when she retired. During her time as an assistant principal she completed a Master of Education degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mrs. Reese was in the educational system for thirty years before retiring. She was at Cary Elementary School for 22 years and served 14 years as principal. She received recognition as Principal of the Year and a certificate from the National Reference Institute of Washington, D.C. for inclusion in “Who’s Who in American Education.”

Mrs. Reese was a member of First Baptist Church, Cary, NC. She taught and was an adult departmental director. She sang in the church choir until dementia interrupted her normal functions of activities. She served on a Pastor Search Committee. She belonged to the Gideon’s Auxiliary and served as president. She was not shy in telling others the joy of knowing Jesus Christ.

In retirement, she traveled to several countries, including: Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Israel, France, Japan, Brazil, Mexico and Canada. She also helped administrate the National School Testing program for three years in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. She ran her own travel agency for a short time. She was also a member of the Carolina Harmony Chorus for many years.

Survivors include: husband, Clint Reese, Sr., Raleigh, two sons, Clint Jr., Raleigh, Barry (Michelle), Apex, and daughter, Dolores Metz, (Louis), Fayetteville. Four grandchildren, Kristina Metz, High Point University, Carrie Metz, NC State University, Jessica and Noah Reese of the home in Apex, One brother, Ivan Wilson (Peggy), Boone and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be May 19th at 1:00pm at First Baptist Church in Cary. Visitation with family will be immediately after the service in the Fellowship Hall. Interment will be at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary is handling the funeral arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.BrownWynneCary.com.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials and donations be made to the following: Kate Swift Reese Educational Scholarship Fund at Watauga Education Foundation, PO Box 1790, Boone, NC 28607. The Gideon’s International and the Transitions Lifecare of Wake County.

The family of Mrs. Reese wishes to thank Susan Davis, Sylvia Weathers and Cora Bright for helping to care for Maude during the past four years. Their help has been invaluable.

Proverbs 31:25&28: Strength and honor are her clothing and her children arise and call her blessed.

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include: husband, Clint Reese, Sr., Raleigh, two sons, Clint Jr., Raleigh, Barry (Michelle), Apex, and daughter, Dolores Metz, (Louis), Fayetteville. Four grandchildren, Kristina Metz, High Point University, Carrie Metz, NC State University, Jessica and Noah Reese of the home in Apex, One brother, Ivan Wilson (Peggy), Boone and several nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Kate Swift Reese Educational Scholarship Fund at Watauga Education Foundation, PO Box 1790, Boone, NC 28607; the Gideon’s International; and the Transitions Lifecare of Wake County

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 19, 2018
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Lewanna Stout

May 21, 2018

Clint and family, I was privileged to be called to work with Reese and the program for the Hearing Impaired Students in 1979. What fun it was to find out that Mrs. Reese was married to the Clint Reese of NCSU. I had my desk in the outer office of Clint's office as I worked on a Dairy data computer program. I purchased a sewing machine from Clint only to find out 10 years later that it was Maude's. She would be pleased to know that the machine is now in Haiti helping women make garments to support themselves. Maude was one of the kindness persons I have ever worked under and most fair. She understood the fight we were under trying to keep our deaf children in the public schools. She went with us to visit the Governor and came to meetings to support the parents. She enjoyed a joke, played on a staff member as well as herself. The difference was the look on her face. We could see the twinkle in her eye of fun or if it was deep brown, you got straightened up and talked seriously. One of the last times she attended a Cary Elem. Staff luncheon in the summer, we were telling fun stories. While we knew she did not remember all of the details, she laughed with us. Once she looked across the table at me and said , "Was I a good principal?". I replied "You were the best". How pleased she was to be with her people and to be affirmed that she had done a great job. Well done good servant. Thanks for happy times. Lewanna

Lisa Mitchum

May 17, 2018

Dear Reese family,
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I knew Mrs. Reese from Cary Elementary School and First Baptist Church Cary, NC.

Lisa , Brian and Gary Mitchum

Barbara Frantz (Carter)

May 17, 2018

Oops! I made an error with the memory I shared! I worked at Cary Elementary from 1981 -1984 NOT from 1991-1994 - sigh! I was at Penny Road Elementary!

Portia Alford

May 16, 2018

I attended Cary Elementary for 1 year, my 4th grade year(early 80s) and I remember Mrs. Reese! Thankfully, I only saw her in passing in the hallways, never her office. 😊 My sincerest condolences to her family & friends....

Barbara Frantz (Carter)

May 16, 2018

I was a teacher assistant for Virginia Goulding with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program along with Lewanna Stout 1993 - 1995 at Cary Elementary School. We were all proud of our program. She was so supportive!!!! She encourage me to become a teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Recommend that first I obtained degree in Early Education from UNC and then receive certification to teach Deaf and Hard of Hearing K- 12th grade from Barton College. I never regretted it! I taught for 23 1/2 years before retiring. Every time I see a Reese's candy bar - I always thought of her gracious manner and awesome smile! May you rest in heavenly peace!!!!

Linda Weaver

May 16, 2018

I worked for Mrs Reese at Cary Elementary and because I worked with students and my own children attended there always thought of her as Mrs Reese. Only many years later did I ever call her Maude. She was a professional employer and even when we agreed to disagree she was always open and fair in her dealings with the situations. As a parent I highly respected her. I could not have had a better person to handle being principal to my two very different children. If there was an education concern for my daughter or a situation my son was involved in she handled both with compassion. They both had so much respect for her. They not only went to school at Cary Elementary but it was their afternoon playground so they often saw her in a different roll as they came in contact with her after hours. My favorite aspects of Mrs Reese where her soft side. She always seemed to have a special connection to her special program students. One of my favorite memories is when we had her a Birthday party probably a 50th with all the silly presents given at that event. That afternoon I saw her bring the bubbles she had received out on the playground and blow them for the special program students sharing in their delight. She knew her students and often you would see her talking to them and asking how things were going. I loved the fact that you did not have to be the best kid in school or the kid with highest grades for her to care for you. As a staff member her advice to staff was "When you are working with the students remember they are someones child and treat them the way you would want someone to treat your child." What a great directive. She will be remembered. Condolences to her family

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Biography

Maude W. Reese, 84, of Raleigh, died May 15, 2018 at the Transition Lifecare Hospice in Raleigh. Mrs. Reese was born in Reese, NC during the “Great Depression”. She graduated from Bethel High School in 1952 and entered Appalachian College where she graduated in three years with a teaching degree. Her first teaching assignment was in Harrisburg in Cabarrus County in 1955 where she taught for three years. In June of 1958, she married Clint Reese and they moved to Tryon, NC. She was employed by the Polk County School system and taught ninth and tenth grades for two years in Saluda. In 1960, Clint and Maude moved to Lexington, KY. She was employed by the Fayette County School system and taught fifth grade for three years at Mary Todd School in Lexington.

In 1964, Clint and Maude moved to Cary. Mrs. Reese stayed out of teaching for two years and started teaching seventh grade at Cary Middle School in 1966. In 1970, she became an assistant principal. In 1974, she became principal of Cary Elementary School system and remained until 1988, when she retired. During her time as an assistant principal she completed a Master of Education degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mrs. Reese was in the educational system for thirty years before retiring. She was at Cary Elementary School for 22 years and served 14 years as principal. She received recognition as Principal of the Year and a certificate from the National Reference Institute of Washington, D.C. for inclusion in “Who’s Who in American Education.”

Mrs. Reese was a member of First Baptist Church, Cary, NC. She taught and was an adult departmental director. She sang in the church choir until dementia interrupted her normal functions of activities. She served on a Pastor Search Committee. She belonged to the Gideon’s Auxiliary and served as president. She was not shy in telling others the joy of knowing Jesus Christ.

In retirement, she traveled to several countries, including: Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Israel, France, Japan, Brazil, Mexico and Canada. She also helped administrate the National School Testing program for three years in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. She ran her own travel agency for a short time. She was also a member of the Carolina Harmony Chorus for many years.

Survivors include: husband, Clint Reese, Sr., Raleigh, two sons, Clint Jr., Raleigh, Barry (Michelle), Apex, and daughter, Dolores Metz, (Louis), Fayetteville. Four grandchildren, Kristina Metz, High Point University, Carrie Metz, NC State University, Jessica and Noah Reese of the home in Apex, One brother, Ivan Wilson (Peggy), Boone and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be May 19th at 1:00pm at First Baptist Church in Cary. Visitation with family will be immediately after the service in the Fellowship Hall. Interment will be at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary is handling the funeral arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.BrownWynneCary.com.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials and donations be made to the following: Kate Swift Reese Educational Scholarship Fund at Watauga Education Foundation, PO Box 1790, Boone, NC 28607. The Gideon’s International and the Transitions Lifecare of Wake County.

The family of Mrs. Reese wishes to thank Susan Davis, Sylvia Weathers and Cora Bright for helping to care for Maude during the past four years. Their help has been invaluable.

Proverbs 31:25&28: Strength and honor are her clothing and her children arise and call her blessed.