Florence J. Reese

October 7, 1941April 23, 2021
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Florence JoAnne Reese (nee Green), age 79, of Las Vegas, formerly of Cincinnati, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Walter L. Reese, Jr. Dearest mother of Walter C. (Marion D.) Reese and Joel Reese. Dear grandmother of Jordyn and Madison. Family will receive friends from 11am until 12pm on Monday, May 10, 2021, where services will begin at 12pm, all at Palm Southwest Mortuary, 7979 W. Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV, 89113.



Florence J. Reese

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Cheryl Checkai

May 8, 2021

My thoughts are with the Reese family and friends,

There is no one in this world like your mother. Joanne was a very special woman and her spirit will be with us always. A mother is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our hearts and memories.

Words, no matter how kind, can’t mend your heartache. However, those who care for you wish you comfort and peace of mind. I always admired your mother’s caring and selfless nature. She was a wonderful person and someone who was always a pleasure to visit with. I enjoyed sewing and mending things for her that I hope had brought her some small comfort. I am lucky to have known her for the time that I did.

Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time.
No one can ever replace the amazing person that Joanne was. My thoughts are with you and the family and so many friends during this time.

If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. – James O’Barr

The comfort of having a friend may be taken away from us, but not that of having had one.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal

My deepest condolences
Keeping you in my prayers
Cheryl Checkai

Sandy Biami

May 8, 2021

Joanne (Florence) was like a sister to me and always will be. I shared many evenings with her while Joel was at work. We had many talks together and she always gave me advise when I needed it. She was someone I could talk to about anything and I always felt better after listening to her. So many things I am feeling in my heart right now about her. I know Joanne would like me to remain part of the Reese Family and that is what I am going to do. I love the whole family and am honored to be a part of it. Rest In Peace my dear sister Joanne. You will always be in my heart and I will always remember all our talks together and laughs we shared.


Florence J. Reese was a warm hearted and well liked individual. These wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Florence was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

Florence was born on October 7, 1941 at Cincinnati General Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio to Charles and Lillian Green. Even as a child, she found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others, and she carried these traits throughout her life. As a young girl, Florence had a number of interests, including playing the piano and knitting. She was a good student who had an observant nature and was generally quick at picking up new things. Florence graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1959. There, she found a knack for Latin and loved learning it in class, and also played field hockey.

Florence was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. On June 17, 1961 Florence married Walter L. Reese, Jr. at the Women’s Club of Cincinnati, Ohio. Compassionate and devoted, Florence worked hard to make her new life partner happy. Together they were blessed with two sons, Walter and Joel, and were later blessed with two grandchildren, Jordyn and Madison. Their family was rounded out by their Labrador/Pit Bull mix, Suzy, who was a cherished member of the family for 12 years.

For work, Florence was a bank clerk for ten years. She was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. After retiring in 1971, she found new pleasure in traveling and took vacations around the world. Some of her favorites were Disney World, Aruba, the Bahamas, and Jamaica. Outside of work, she loved listening to music and gardening. She was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching college and professional football, baseball, and hockey.

Her high moral standards and traditional values served Florence well with her faith. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

Florence passed away on April 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada after battling end-stage kidney disease and COVID-19 complications. She is survived by her children, Walter and Joel; and her grandchildren, Jordyn and Madison. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary in Las Vegas.

Florence was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Florence was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Florence J. Reese.